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Heads up students! September is just one week away and school bells are already ringing in the distance – which means it’s high time to start gearing up for the coming academic year. If you’ve yet to stock up on supplies, fear not – we’re offering you a chance to win an amazing back to school bundle packed with over $500 worth of green goodies! You could win a powerful laptop-charging Voltaic Array solar backpack, a stack of 6 eco-friendly Naked Binders, a water filtering Bobble bottle, and courtesy of The Ultimate Green Store, a Laptop Lunchbox and various school supplies! It’s easy to enter – all you have to do is sign up for our newsletter, like Inhabitat and Voltaic on Facebook, and leave a comment below telling us how you plan to green your back-to-school routine. Our contest ends this week, so don’t delay – enter today!


(If you are not already a subscriber.) We’ll be announcing the winner in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it in order to claim your prize!

Just visit Inhabitat’s Facebook page and Voltaic’s Facebook page and click on the “Like” button at the top.

Tell us how you plan to green your back-to-school routine this year.The deadline for this giveaway is August 29th. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

Voltaic Array Solar Laptop Charger Backpack

Students are always on the go, and it’s hard to keep a laptop charged while trekking from class to class. Solar bags offer a smart low-impact charging solution – and Voltaic sets the bar by which all photovoltaic bags are judged. Their new Array Backpack is a cutting edge powerhouse emblazoned with a removable 10 watt solar panel that is capable of charging a laptop! The Array also features a battery that doubles your notebook’s runtime (when fully charged), a padded laptop sleeve, plenty of organization pockets, and 1,500 cubic inches of storage for all of your books, binders, bits, and Bobbles.

Laptop Lunchbox and Eco School Supplies from The Ultimate Green Store

The Ultimate Green Store carries an incredible selection of eco-friendly products for the home, office and everyone in the family – and this year we’re excited to partner up with them to offer students a great array of back to school supplies! The set includes a reusable bpa-free bento box from Laptop Lunches, a recycled banana paper notebook, a non-toxic petroleum-free Coccoina glue stick (which smells like Italian Marzipan!), and a set of recycled newspaper pencils. Sign up for The Ultimate Green Store’s newsletter here.

Bobble Water Filtering Bottle

Everyone knows that bottled water is bad for the environment, so kick Arrowhead and Evian to the curb and score one of Karim Rashid‘s acclaimed reusable Bobble bottles. These brilliant BPA-free recycled plastic bottles are fitted with a colorful carbon filter that purifies water as you drink – so you’ll always have access to a fresh source of H2O wherever your studies take you.

Naked Binders

Keep all of your papers and assignments in check all year-long with a set of six colorful Naked Binders and a stack of organization sleeves. These colorful, sturdy binders are made from 100% recycled, 100% post consumer board, and they’re tested to withstand 250,000 flexes without fail – so you’ll be able to use them well into the future. Naked Binders are also 100% recyclable, made in the USA, and nearly all materials used are FSC certified.

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  1. slyder0244 August 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I’m going to walk more, use filtered water in a bottle, and hopefully charge my devices with this backpack.

  2. greencycling88 August 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I plan on buying all used textbooks or using just online versions, so there is less paper waste. Plus it’s a lot less expensive this way.

  3. ConscientiousActivator August 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    This backpack would help me become more active! Instead of sitting around waiting for my laptop to charge, I could be out bike riding, walking, hiking and going about my business around town all while charging my laptop! I’d have so much more freedom, time and enjoyment!

  4. oportone August 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    We will be biking the school route to cut two daily car trips and improve fitness. Most paper supplies will be of recycled paper. Moms schooling online and will be using virtual paper and second hand textbooks. We use reusable food packs with ice for most school lunches and bring water bottles.

  5. kgkoutzis August 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I will consume more truly organic products, instead of their cancerous, massively-produced and genetically mutated, commercial counterparts.

  6. Nlinsday August 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    What a great contest! I am doing what I can To be More sUstainable by not driving and , not shopping as much and eating mvegetariN more often

  7. tinky3988 August 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I’m walking to uni every day, pack lunch from home in reusable containers and always recycle. I also just started growing my own spices and having meat delivered from organic local farms monthly instead of buying at the supermarket. I’m studying architecture which is a course quite big on wasting paper, so this coming school year I’m planning to reduce the amount of paper that I use, by printing as little as possible and reusing card and paper to make the models that I need for my projects.

  8. blakekibo August 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    My green focus started last semester of this year. I learned so much from friends, journals, and websites such as this that I was supporting efforts that was detrimental to the planet’s survival–and potentially my future. To start I started eating organic foods and joined meetup groups to make me accountable. The next part was walking to school instead of driving. I started this last semester and lost 45 pounds already (I used to be obese)! I also started using blankets on cold evenings and left windows open on sunny days–or attend cooling stations or go the library to study–instead of staying indoors and keeping the air conditioning on. The next step is writing notes using a note pad when school starts next week to save energy. This is for the good in my opinion. It’s been shown that this is a more effective method to learn according to a neuroscience study. I could benefit mostly from the solar backpack because our homework are online and I can’t escape technology so easily. I was hoping to buy it the end of the year as a reward for myself for committing to being green… if I get this reward I would use the money I was saving up for the backpack to support organizations that promote green living instead.

  9. JackieWV August 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I have 4 kids, so I need to teach them each how to reduce our carbon footprint. It is important for me to instill a green life into their core values and we are finding more and more ways to do that through sites like

  10. KathyBakhshi August 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’m the mom of two boys in elementary school. I’m trying to teach them that not everything has to be shiny and new. We’re reusing as much stuff from past school years as we can and I even got some used school supplies at garage sales.

  11. hbalc3 August 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I am going to ride my bike instead of drive my car.

  12. Mattattack August 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I have always felt that sustainable living is very important. Two years ago I confounded an environmental club at my high school to help raise awareness about environmental issues and ways to improve our personal habits.

    This year, as a freshman in college I intend on joining one of the many active environmental clubs on campus. I will continue my current “green” practices of recycling, buying locally grown food, and refraining from purchasing bottled water. I plan on improving my routine by taking shorter showers, walking as much as possible, and using recycled notebooks.

    I love showing others that we can make a difference in the world in unexpected ways. I know if I were to win this contest I would always show off my backpack and the other great items just as I always show off my solar panel changer phone cover on my Samsung Replenish.

  13. Sabol August 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Car pool to class, use refillable pencils, used recycled paper products, and use refillable
    straw cups.

  14. Artstradamagazine August 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    This year as I go back to school I will be taking a bicycle to all my classes and using this backpack (hopefully) to charge my laptop! HOW COOL IS THAT!? ! ! ! :)

  15. terryjr91 August 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I’ll be studying outside as much as possible.

  16. Dqdenyse August 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I would love to win the backpack and supplies for school. There aren’t many recycling programs or products available in Alaska, where I live. I have been able to find recycled paper notebooks and a refillable waterbottle. My friends and spent sme time making items for school by recycling various items. We covered old 3 ring binders with worn out clothes. I used jeans by slicing the inseam and using the front on the cover with the back pockets on the inside for pens and pencils. They seem indestructable! I used buttons and ironed on decorations cut from
    other clothes. Nobody will ever mistake it for theirs. We made lunch bags from wool sweater we shrunk in the washer and dryer. They are thick and insulating. We are putting our water bottles in the freezzer at night to put in the bag to keep the food cold and be ready to drink by lunch. We used another bit of shrunken sweater to make protective pockets for fruit. The jeans and some of the other clothes were sewn into pockets with flaps sewn over and with velcro closures to use instead of baggies. We ran last years back packs through the wash. Any holes or stains were covered by ironing on shapes and buttons cut from the old clothes and fabric paints. We have artistic one of a kind great green supplies and will save us money forever. No baggies, lunch sacks, juice packs, single serve snacks or wasteful supplies in our futures or for the future kids we will have!

  17. kpennington August 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I hope I win that freaking sweet backpack!!!!

  18. kazzadragon August 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I did all of the required things to qualify.
    This would be extra super awesome.
    I (a single parent) have seven children, and took care of eleven, whilst on the farm. We always used as many green products as possible when packing lunches, and purchasing school supplies.
    I would SO love this, as I am now entering my own time for education and life, and am attending a few classes.

  19. nickgreinert August 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I will be car pooling with my buds.

  20. Shalom Angel August 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I am bringing my own water with me now instead of filling the landfills with my water bottles

  21. JenC August 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I plan to green my back to class routine by reusing plastic water bottles

  22. pasolini August 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I wish my son can use this solar back to help him stay connected to inhabitat at all times. A 24/7 way guide to keep our natural world protected.

  23. paolacors August 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I’m studying interior design, if we want “to go green” we need our houses to be sutainable since their conception, location, materials and ornaments. In my routin I’ll be car pooling with my classmates, taking my food to school from local producers, my own water bottle and just keep making people aware of taking of our home, the Earth.

  24. Oceanlover100 August 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Woohoo! Count me in!

  25. Leaf_at_heart August 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I’m going to high school using my money I earn waitressing at a locally owned restaurant down my block. I always walk to work, and I never waste our water. I plan to stay during the daylight in order to use less electricity and focus on my studie harder do I can make it into the green technology program as a technology institution downtown in my later years. I plan to only use recycled paper and pencils for my notes, and buy rechargeable batteries for my calculator I’ll be using religiously .
    I plan to time my showers to under two minutes (new short haircut means less water consumption) and I will only pack my lunches in reuseable containers , as well as avoiding tetrapack juice containers.
    I am trying to go as green as I can and inspire my family!

  26. brnd1968 August 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    This year we are re-using papers printed only on one side for things printed for informational purposes. We will also continue what we started last year by buying whatever fresh or local produce is in season over the weekend, and dividing up portions for the week’s use. Plain old filtered tap water has replaced store bought bottles of water. We absolutely do NOT use pre packaged convenience foods, we create our own by making peanut butter crackers ahead of time, baking up some cookies and making our own hummus to divvy up into the week’s lunch and snack containers.

  27. kmesterharm August 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    We are using reusable bags in our lunch. We’ve reused supplies and backpacks. My daughter is learning to sew and we are repurposing fabric from women’s plus size.dresses found at the thrift store. We have implemented a few other little things but for being in first grade we are.doing.great!

  28. treehugginvamp August 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I will be sending my daughter lunch in reusable containers this year to cut down on cafeteria waste and as usual I will be buying post consumer recycled school supplies. My daughter is going into 1st grade in the gifted program and is very environmentally conscious. This would be a great conversation starter for her to encourage her friends to be more eco-friendly.

  29. GLOMP August 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I am carpooling and have traded out canned sparkling waters for the awesome SodaStream!

  30. sbhoyt August 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    We will be using public transportation. Even though I have a car that is newer. I am going to use it much less. My city is starting to look smoggy!

  31. ivandragothemadrussianf... August 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    reduce, reuse, recycle!

  32. marywithrow August 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I love to see non plastic utensils in the picture! Everyone can use help at “Back To School Time” it is very costly. Thank you for a awesome contest!

  33. enya95 August 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I do not drive to school. I bike to campus or if weather does not permit, I take advantage of the student bus shuttle that has a stop at the end of my street. I also pack all my lunches/snacks with my roommate. We frequent the farmer’s market on Sundays and prep our meals for the week.

  34. naviaux1 August 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    My son is 13 years old and if he wins this backpack, he can show other kids in his school why the backpack and the other items in it are environmentally friendly and why its important to buy these products to help protect the environment. Also, by showing his backpack, he can influence other kids to buy these items for school and at the same time influence the parents to make sure they buy “these environmentally friendly” products over other products. Thus he is able to influence both the kids and their parents by just showing the backpack and the items in it. These kids are our future and if we don’t show them what the environment and the products are important, we lose a great moment to teach them about the products and why when these kids go to the store to buy them, the choice is made to buy these products over others even if the price is a little higher.

  35. Sustainable Initiatives August 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I am working with the Sustainable Initiatives Program here at SFSU Student center and I am doing classroom presentations on waste diversion to help educate students and faculty on how to properly divert their waste. My goal is to reach out to 1000 students! We are confirmed to reach out to approximately 370 students thus far and are waiting to hear back from dozens of professors. I am also working with other campus programs with a strong zero waste campaign this semester, with tabling events weekly, monthly meetings, monthly film screenings on sustainability and environmental issues.

    I am also just a student who cares deeply about environmental issues and sustainability. I have “quit’ disposable coffee cups 4 years ago and have been using mugs and jars for my coffee and tea ever since. And I bring my own container when I go out to eat restaurants.

    Winning this giveaway would be a great chance to show how fun and great green products are, by giving them away to students during our events and during our classroom presentations! Please help make this happen!

  36. omarespinoza August 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    this will be great for me because i don’t have any money for my school supplies

  37. j_j_j_is_4_juli August 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    we put together colored pencil and crayons sets from prior years’ school supplies.
    we will continue to use reusable water bottles. when we pack lunches, we use tupperware instead of sandwich bags.

  38. hh88 August 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I think one of the greatest ways to help our beautiful planet is to simply spread the word and educate everyone about sustainable practices and options. Too often people aren’t aware of the damage they are causing the environment and are even less aware of the things they can do to help it. As a college student focusing on the environmentally friendly side of interior design, I’d use this amazing prize to inspire everyone. By showing people how easy and beneficial being “green” is with these wonderful products that would spark a curiosity and appreciate for the environment, I believe others would start taking steps toward a brighter and cleaner future. I believe it’s all about informing and empowering people; showing them that they are capable of anything, even saving the planet.

  39. mars67 August 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

    my son and I are using reusable. containers for our lunches and we recycle and try to purchase all organic

  40. candry August 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

    As an intern for the Texas Sierra Club, I have learned SO much while working on our Beyond Coal campaign. I’ll be starting at UT Austin as a geology major this fall! When moving into my new apartment, I signed up for the city’s GreenChoice Energy option, which supports electric generation from clean, renewable sources. (No more dirty coal!) I’ll also be traveling the city by bike, working at the UT Micro Farm, helping out at SXSW Eco, and continuing activism by educating my peers and motivating others to get involved as well! :)

    Oh yeah, @ATXBeyondCoal on Twitter or Austin Beyond Coal on FB! 😉

  41. amommyinlove August 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

    My son would use this. We are trying to go green in every way we can. The way kids are brought up today is crazy…they have no respect for our earth. Trees are what gives us the air we breath…we need to take care of that!!!

  42. hollyface1975 August 17, 2012 at 9:27 am

    We’re growing fruits and veggies in the backyard with our compost this year for lunches, and we’ll all be taking the new train service to and from work and school!

  43. M. Franckenstein August 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hello! Here’s my comment for below ^^

  44. eyeshopalott August 17, 2012 at 4:37 am

    My granndson collects aluminum cans, he wanted a can crusher for a Christmas
    gift before he turned 4.

  45. bacardi razz August 17, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I am going to walk to school or go there with my bike instead of having someone drive me there, I’m going to use only recycled paper
    and buy second-hand books and I’m going to prepare my lunch at home.

  46. Cliff August 17, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Takes lightweight to a whole new level. Never saw this backback before, thanks for sharing!

    p.s. green doesn’t just come in one colour, it comes in blue, pink, red, orange and yellow too, I’ve learnt.;)

  47. welsh August 17, 2012 at 2:59 am

    By just showing that you can do something that can be green and efficient can make other imitate by applying technology, effort and wit for the daily trail to school from waiting for the bus in the scorching sun and all daily activity.

  48. cl84 August 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I am not currently enrolled in school, but I am thinking about going back sometime, so all of the wonderful goodies would be used there, but until then… Since the whether will hopefully start getting cooler here soon, I will be able to start riding my bike to work again. With the backpack charging up all my devices, I can start taking notes right away when I get to work and not have to use any paper. And, since I’ll have a new filtering water bottle, I’ll always want to use that instead of the plastic cups they provide at work.

  49. thekwlkid August 17, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Great website, and great contest!

  50. intensev5 August 17, 2012 at 12:08 am

    To be more green we bought the kids stainless steel water bottles that they can take their drinks in for their school lunches and reuse everyday. We will reduce the amount of juice boxes and plastic water bottles that we use every year.

  51. intensev5 August 17, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I subscribe via email — thanks for the chance to win

  52. acmickey August 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    My son and I both pack our lunches in reusable containers, his for school and me for work. We also purchased school supplies made from recycled materials, and reused items from the previous school year.

  53. amanda alvarado August 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    We will be using reusable snack/sandwich bags and reusable food containers for our lunches. We will also be trying to eat more organic and natural products that come in recyclable packaging.

  54. minlau18 August 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I’ve been looking all over for these! I work in a business oriented oriented environment with lots of IT and network support, this will definitely make a change in how we reuse renewable energy and resources. Im glad this idea has finally risen! Very exciting to see how this will affect our world in the near future.

  55. angelwnyan August 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    All these supplies will be very helpful for my students and me in our Biology and Chemistry classes.

  56. Ahmad Badr August 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I plan to go green-er by developing a formula that will turn me into the hulk! Jk, I plan on working on a project with some colleagues where we develop an alternative, cheaper way of collecting solar energy (as compared to solar panels) that produces a tiny amount of voltage/current. We then plan on using the concept of wireless electricy and magnetic fields to amplify that tiny amount of input, and use it to power up something that requires a lot more voltage/current. It will only use cheap material, so that it can be mass produced in the developing world, to help power up homes! :)

  57. Sunnymay August 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I plan to use recycled paper, an old backpack, food containers that are reuseable along with a great water bottle.

  58. BrookeN August 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I am part of the Granite Falls Eco Teams, we build fuel efficent cars, and I would share some of these things with my team mates. I’ve been looking at these items ever since you first posted about them a few days ago. I’ve been begging people to buy them for me but no bites.

  59. CSharp August 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I subscribed and liked both pages. That backpack is amazing! I hope I win <3

  60. ssmith0590 August 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I’m studying environmental science in college and I plan recycle as much as I can while in school. These items are a wonderful addition to helping me go more green and could help me show people how much better it is to recycle and be more environmentally friendly. I also car pool as much as I can so I do not add more CO2 to the atmosphere.

  61. solarBizzi August 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    WowZers!! This is an awesome offer. I can use this set-up when I am out on field trips (geology, botany, and ornithology).

  62. iselaespana August 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Omg I would love to win this for my kids!! We are very pro-active in being a green household!!

  63. fnygrl August 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    One of our many ways to “green our back-to-school routine” is to reuse supplies from last year. I’m not sure how or when it became necessary to get a brand new backpack and lunch box (our son is eight-years-old) and all new supplies when the ones from last year are still in perfect working order/condition. Thankfully, our son wants to reuse his backpack and lunch box, and in preparing his backpack armed with the list of needed supplies supplied by this year’s teacher, I went back to his supplies from last year and picked out the items that are still practically brand new.

    We have totally gotten rid of plastic sandwhich bags and use reusable containers, forks and spoons, and thermos.

    We’re very happy to be teaching our children early that things are not to be wasted and tossed away because a year has passed.

  64. Peterflick August 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    This school year I plan to be more green by walking or biking to school. Also I will be using electronic flash cards to save paper. I plan to take advantage of our schools composter, by composting all of my food scraps. I already use an aluminum water bottle that I’ve had for almost a year (my last one got lost). This year I plan to help out with our schools green club and potentially getting a garden on our roof.

  65. August 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  66. Lucky Kat August 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Entering this contest was very hard to follow.. hope I did it right. The back pack is a fabulous idea.

  67. snowsurfer36 August 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I am an undergrad architecture student doing my best to help design a greener built environment for the future. Living off campus this year, I will do my best to either bike or walk to class across campus everyday as well as try to encourage my fellow peers to do the same. This will help, not only to save my wallet, but also reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. By using the backpack that could recharge my laptop, I would be able to take all of my class notes on it, reducing the amount of paper that normally would have been used for such a task. By reusing materials for my class projects and models, and minimizing the amount of new materials bought is just one more of the many ways I could give back to the environment.

  68. PurityNectar August 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Hey there!
    I am off to university for my first year getting into enviro studies/ politics/ geography. I am becoming more and more aware of what is going on in the world…and it’s crazy!
    I grew up livin’ the poor life therefore it was a little harder to be green with our products and store bought foods. However in this new life of mine, being green and efficient will always be in my decision making. This contest seems like a great boost for this newly-awakened soul!

  69. August 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I just bought a used fixed gear bicycle off craigslist and will be definitely using it to commute to school when it starts in the fall. I’m a newbie to the green movement, but I’m hoping riding my bike to school will at least make a minimal impact to restoring this planet to what it was back in the days. BTW I love this blog. Keep up the good work guys! :)

  70. dleighly August 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I will be using recyclable containers for food and public transportation or walking to and from classes and work and home. I will also be using only organic, locally grown and seasonal foods in my diet.

  71. August 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I just bought me a used fixed gear bicycle off craigslist and I will most definitely be using it to commute to school when school starts this fall. This is a great start for me because I’m definitely a newbie to this green movement and recently started reading this blog which I’m loving btw :)))

  72. piepie August 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    We aren’t buying any new school supplies this year unless we actually need them. Our backpacks and lunchboxes are reused and we have water bottles and reusable lunch and snack containers. The school has kids bring home what they don’t eat, so we’ll compost it.

  73. Tansri Muliani August 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    My daughter uses laptop a lot at school, and she also always on the go, with this backpack she can keep moving and won’t need to stop and charge her latop. Save Time, Save Energy and Save Money. Like the binders too, my daughter uses a lot of these.

  74. monstermommy August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    My oldest daughter is in college, has worked as the sustainablility coordinator there, and would absolutely LOVE this!

  75. bj.butterfly.xox August 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    How am I going to green up my back to school routine, Im gonna green everyone up. Get the recycling back on track by getting my friends ecofriendly reusable water bottles as back to school gifts, get my sister to recycle my old book bag by amping it up with some badges, pins, and a bit of bedazzling (hand me downs can be retro cool) and using pens that are refillable to reduce the plastic waste. I also plan on busing alot, better for the environment and much nicer getting in a warm bus then waiting for the car to warm up.

  76. rvallecillo August 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I plan on REUSING most of the things I have last year. I don’t leave home without my stainless steel reusable water bottle, and I don’t buy plastic bottles, so I REDUCE the impact of plastic bottles in the environment. My sister and I have made purses and hand bags out of old jeans. That’s a great way to RECYCLE your book bag.

    Reuse, Reduce & Recycle.

  77. Talex August 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Reduce, reuse, recyle! is our motto. We will be using paperless lunch bags with reusable containers. We will be accessing newspapers and flyers online instead of buying paper. School supplies from last year will be recycled and reused.

  78. arch01 August 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    At only ten years of age, my daughter already wants to help save the planet. She wants to be a marine biologist when she gets older. She has a tremendous interest in sea life, especially sharks. (she also is always reminding me to recycle, even though I usually do!) She loves teaching people about the things she has learned and this backpack and gear would help her promote the idea of recycling and renewable energy to her classmates.

  79. never August 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    As a homeschooling family with two birthdays mid-summer, we often find ourselves short on cash when the back-to-school sales hit. We may not follow the same school year institutionalized schools follow, but we know when to look for deals. These days, with a daughter who draws and writes for hours a day, keeping up with her paper, pencil, and ink supplies is hard — keeping it all together is harder, so these prizes would help us a great deal. Being eco-friendly on a budget isn’t easy, but we keep looking for sales on recycled, upcycled, and sustainably made items for all our home and education needs.

  80. Suwanavi August 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I’d like to give this prize to my grandson to get him started in an eco-friendly way of thinking, living and learning!

  81. WilgusB August 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Earth Science teachers rock! (and roll out chunks of every paycheck to buy supplies that enable me doing my job in the classroom. )
    Inspiring learners to think creatively to be “green citizens” of our planet is a challenge on a teacher’s budget. These supplies can demonstrate real world applications of science – and all items will be used in my science classroom.

  82. Hillary M August 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I plan to use all waste-free packaging for my children’s lunches, and make a greater effort to get them to school by foot or by bike instead of driving them. I would like to get my kids more eco-friendly school supplies this year, so winning this would help considerably! I’ve never heard of a backpack with a solar panel – that is just incredibly awesome. If I win I’ll have to “borrow” this from the kids to use for work. Oh, and the Bobble Water Bottle, too!

  83. rhondac August 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I plan to green my son’s back-to-school routine in the same ways as last year. He walks to and from school and also comes home for lunch, which means we don’t need to use plastic wraps and bags for his food – also, we don’t buy bottled water. Further, we reuse school supplies from the previous year when possible. Of course, we could be greener if my son used an Array Solar Backpack! :-)

  84. dlaske August 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Taking Online Classes may be the “‘Greenest’ thing for school.

  85. mariaorganica August 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    would love to win that!!!

  86. ecwrites August 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    We’re going to try biking into school!

  87. EagleEye22oz August 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I am starting University this September and I just purchased an eco-friendly laptop but still have no case or backpack to put it in. I want to do a lot of studying outside because I enjoy co-existing with nature while I learn more about it in my studies. To have my laptop and essentially all gadgets powered by a renewable energy source like the sun would be a great opportunity to become even more eco-friendly. I plan on taking a bus to University and feel that my current laptop’s battery would not last a whole days use without resorting to conventional means of charging. The idea of sitting out in the sun in the park, really getting back to nature, WHILE charging my laptop is just crazy! I really hope that this wish could come true.

  88. kamkath21 August 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    As one of the oldest of 3 brothers Im very lucky cuz all my stuff are brand new and most of my old stuff are inherited by my younger brother. That way we can save money and a great example of how we recycle old stuff that are still reusable. I’m also very greatfull and proud of my parents cuz they thought us how to be creative and innovative. Thanks Mom and Dad :)

  89. cerinanemcik August 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    In our household, I am always trying to think of new ways to leave a soft footprint. Some measures I have taken for this school year is: instead of driving I am riding with the kids to school on bikes ,packing my daughter’s lunches with reusable containers, using vegetables grown from our community garden for family meals and kids lunches. I want my children to be not be a stranger to nature so I take them regularly to the nature preserve down the street. The nature preserve teaches the public for free the importance of Florida’s ecosystem. By teaching my child or someone else’s child about the importance of a harmonious relationship between man and nature, maybe there will be hope for saving the environment and all who live in it.

  90. squishi August 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Simplify… Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

  91. butteopia August 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    We are starting a hydro food garden and a fruit and veggie stand in our child’s one room rural elementary school this year! The children will take part in growing and preparing their own food as well as marketing and selling to the local community! Keepin it healthy, fun and local! We are hoping to help more schools grow their own and keep it green!

  92. Katcandraw245 August 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I would love this for my sophomore year at California State University, Monterey Bay, and as an Environmental Science Major, it would be a great way to have a low impact on the environment.

  93. Saraivy August 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Its my son’s first year of school at an Ecological montesori school. His education and environment are a priority for me, even though its not close by, and not cheap, I’m making the sacrifices needed to get him there. The school itself is one of the largest recyclers on the island. They are part of a national forrest system. They practice organic gardening compost, which he already practices at home. My child is a vegetarian and i will be packing his food (In reusable containers of course).

  94. atomfarm August 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I’m a grad student studying horticulture and arborism. We often go on field trips for plant ID and research. Using this Voltaic charger would be immensely helpful and more green if I could continue research without charging my equipment through the cigarette lighter in my car. It would literally reduce carbon emissions!

  95. Fabiola August 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I plan to be as green as I can because in Mexico is an increasing need to have more sustainable options, people here is not that aware of the climate change althougth the live with it day in and day out, I’ve seen the wheater change and I wish it doesn’t get that bad, many lakes are now empty we’re loosing many species and all the bad guys such as cockroaches will have the perfect setting to double or triple its population and If by a small change on my routine and habits I can change it, I’ll do it gladly.

  96. rmcallistar August 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I am a bike riding, lunch carrying, solar power using green machine

  97. taniamel August 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    This is great!!!

  98. hotfox101 August 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I am going to use all reusable containers for my lunches, and I’m not going to buy any bottled water!

  99. Yuka Yoneda August 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I wish I could enter this contest too!

  100. sjordan1975 August 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I am a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, so this backpack would actually go to my Little Sister. She is starting Junior High this year and is super nervous about it. I think having a really cool backpack stocked with all these goodies would help give her the perfect boost of confidence to feel prepared for this new challenge.

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