Jill Fehrenbacher

BACK TO SCHOOL CONTEST: Win a Noon Solar bag!

by , 08/21/08

Inhabitat back to school giveaway contest

It’s mid August, the leaves are turning brown, and you know what that means! Fall is just around the corner and school is about to start up for students around the country. In the spirit of back-to-school goodness we’re announcing a contest over the next week to give away some fabulously green back to school gear, including an awesome solar powered school bag by Noon Solar - worth over $400.

For how to enter read below >

Entering the Inhabitat Back to School contest is as easy as signing up for our newsletter, which you can do HERE >

In this week’s email newsletter (which will go out early morning on Friday August 22nd) there will be a question and instructions on how to enter. So in order to receive this Friday’s newsletter and enter the contest, you need to sign up and confirm your Inhabitat registration by Thursday 11pm EST at the latest!. THEN YOU NEED TO OPEN AND READ THE EMAIL WE SEND OUT ON FRIDAY MORNING FOR INSTRUCTIONS


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The first prize winner of our competition will win a solar-powered bag by Noon Solar - your choice of a ladylike midnight ‘Cortland’ handbag (worth $412) or a more manly midnight ‘Logan’ style (worth $452). These beautifully handcrafted bags can charge any small handheld gadgets from cell phones to iPods. If that weren’t enough in terms of green credentials, Noon Solar bags are also made from sustainable materials such as hand-dyed hemp and vegetable-tanned leathers. Finally, these must-have bags are definitely the cutest solar accessories around, powering your eco-chic wardrobe while keeping your personal gadgets charged and ready to go.

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The first prize winner of our competition will win a lovely Inhabitat tote bag, stuffed with a Freeplay handcrank lantern and an Inhabitat T-shirt of your choice.

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Five runner-up third prize winners will receive an Inhabitat T-shirt (or tote bag) of your choice.

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  1. Harinder August 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Hi ! I would be extremely grateful if I was able to win this. I am a subscriber and newsletter subsciber, Facebook fan and a Twitter follower. I love the environment. I love the Mother Earth. I love our world.

    I would be elated to win this! I need this because there are no eco-friendly supplies sellers near me! I hate buying the regular supplies because I know how much that harms our environment. I want to do my part. It would be AMAZING to win this. I could use most of the supplies and I’ll give some away. I campaign a lot for going green and stopping Global Warming so I can give people a little reminder so they can remember to go green. I want to tell our mayor that we should have an Environmental Club and these supplies would help in petitioning.

    The bag and school supplies look excellent. I’m actually a student going back to school so this would be extremely helpful. I love how the notebook says “RESCUED PAPER NOTEBOOK”. This is likely to be a conversation starter and a great ice breaker because I’m going to be attending a new school.

    Most of all, the bag, school supplies and shirt are GREAT ways of getting the message out there. Many people don’t know or don’t care for the environment. I do. Everyone and everything is being affected by Global Warming. GO GREEN!

    I would love the supplies. Thanks for the great contest and thank you so much for spreading the word.

    Love, hurricaneharinder@yahoo.com

  2. thegreycell August 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Great Stuff and god bless thinkers…..for sustainable future…if its going to exist some day….

  3. dogbite May 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    A little too late for the contest, but BEAUTIFUL HANDBAGS! My daughter would love something like this.

  4. hb August 29, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I need this bag to give to my husband. He cycles work, goes to the farmer’s market and jaunts around town unconnected to any charging opportunities. We stay in touch via text message during the day and if he could charge his phone, there’s that much more of a chance we get to send sweet nothings to each other. Plus it would be fantastic advertising for this technology if he could carry it around everywhere he goes.

  5. Jill Fehrenbacher Jill Fehrenbacher August 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    PS – PaTrond

    You can purchase Noon Solar bags through the Noon Solar website:


  6. Jill Fehrenbacher Jill Fehrenbacher August 29, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Holy moly-

    Who knew we would get so many amazing responses to this contest! Thank you everyone for your fabulous comments and participation in this competition – we were really overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and creativity. I would like to announce that the competition is officially over and we will announce the winner soon. I really wish we had 10 Noon Solar bags to give away, but unfortunately we only have one. The winner will be announced within the hour- stay tuned!

    Thanks again-
    Best wishes-


  7. Keesha August 29, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I would love to show this bag off to my co-workers and customers here at Green Fusion Design Center (www.gfdc1.com). We carry a lot of green products in our showroom for home and also a few items customers can carry out to save resources. I would love to see more people carrying these to power up from the best energy provider (our sun), while on the go.
    This would be a great item to carry to meetings and show clients how gorgeous it is to be green!

  8. Jason Sahler Jason Sahler August 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Hello Everyone,

    Well the Contest has come to a close and thanks so much for all the amazing comments. We are filtering through them right now to find the person that “needs” the Noon Solar powered bag the most. We really do wish we could give it to all of you. Truly, the responses to this contest have been amazing and we appreciate each and every comment we have received. The judging has not been easy but we will have our winner soon enough.

    Once again thanks so much for all the funny, honest, heartfelt, creative responses that we have received. You all have made this one of the best competitions that Inhabitat has put on.

    Thanks and take care.


    Team Inhabitat.

  9. babakers5 August 29, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Well, without making a long drawn out reason for why I want it…it’s pretty much very simple. I need one, want one and love this one very much. I’m a mom of three going to school for computer science (multimedia) and would love this to actually look “stylish” while being practically smart in using such a great bag. I would love to win!!!!

  10. Noah VV August 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    This bag will allow me to do what I do best.

    LIke it or not, mass politics is a part of today’s society. People debate issues, consider the pros and cons, and eventually the all-important grants are allocated and budgets are approved. The local political game, once a long and arduous process, has been sped up by the ubiquity of cell phones and personal communication devices. A budget that used to take weeks to pass may now be approved within a single day.

    In my own community, I lobby local officials to make eco-friendly decisions: funding green technology, buying hybrids, and – most importantly – making the green movement a large part of their campaign. When my cell phone dies, the candidates and officials I advise cannot get in touch with me. This next election season is ESPECIALLY important, with many local issues and candidates that I care about deeply. Solar power would actually be helping create green legislation by charging my cell phone.

    This coming November, the green movement takes center stage in my community and others around the nation. Charging my cell phone with solar power would be the environmentally, politically, and ethically responsible thing to do.

  11. bernice paul August 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Hi there, I would like to win the Cortland because… I purchased one from our local Canadian supplier (evolve). It is a beautiful bag. I received it yesterday and have been showing it off to everyone I encounter – people on the street, at the coffee shop, on the bus. Everyone has been completely impressed and wowed. I would like to raise the profile of the design philosophy, and raise awareness about “getting off the grid”. I live in Vancouver, BC, a rainy and over-cast city (today is August 29 and it is raining) but if I believe I can make use of valuable solar energy, I know others in this area can. I’ve made the commitment already – yes the price was high, but I felt that my dollars were spent well and I’m ready to spread the word.

  12. alaskantroll August 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    this is perfect for my wife, shes always having her cell phone go dead!

  13. emterrio August 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    If I won this bag I would stay outside all day every day! I\’m an Industrial and Interaction Design student so I\\\’m always on my computer doing research and renderings. I study renewable and innovative design and hate the fact that I am cut off from the world by being constantly plugged into the wall and being cut off from the people I am trying to design for! Plus demanding so much electricity to do my work kills me. With this bag I will be liberated from the outlet to actually go to the people to observe and do real research while researching on the much more energy efficient itouch. With the bag I can turn off the computer during the day and while riding my bike to class can charge my little internet source. On a college campus, being around thousands of young minds, I have the great ability to spread the knowledge of innovative ways to incorporate earth conscious thinking into every day activities (to the annoyment of my friends as I constantly unplug, shut off lights, and make a scene about the selfishness of paper in the trash or litter on the grass). Most of all, its important to show that earth friendly design can be a hell of a lot more fashionable than those vera bradley\’s everywhere.

  14. iamnotdikkie August 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I am a forestry research assistant in Arkansas. I came here (all the way from Asia) just to study forestry and I will have to be in the forest A LOT to take data. The thought of anything happening to me out there with no way to contact anyone scares the daylights out of me, especially since I don\’t have any family here and I\’m in unfamiliar surroundings in a foreign land. But as scary as this is, I wouldn\’t trade it for a comfortable desk job back home. I will be taking this knowledge back to Asia with me so I can help keep our forests from being totally denuded. It\’s one of the things I promised myself I\’d do (another being to put up an orphanage back home).

    People know me as someone who walks the talk and this bag would be a great way to show everyone that being sustainable doesn\’t mean you have to make major changes all at once; it starts with the smallest steps.

  15. astreed August 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I need this bag to prove that being green doesn’t mean having to give up comfort or style — something that I am on the spot to prove every day as a newly-minted architect cajoling clients to invest in green now for long-term benefits.
    I also need this bag as a promise to myself. One day I will build my own solar-powered house (with daylighting, rainwater collection, super-efficient appliance, reclaimed materials, etc.). That home will thousands of miles from where I am now, but this bag will remind me that the sun will follow me there.

  16. solar shannon August 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    More than my needing the bag, you need me to have this bag because between now and November I am going to need to spend a lot of time on the phone with my grandmother and other Hillary Clinton supporters convincing them why it is a bad idea to vote for McCain because he picked a woman running mate. I am writing my doctoral dissertation on climate change impacts on indigenous people in Alaska who are feeling the warming effects first hand. When I am not writing my dissertation, I am promoting the need for renewable energy such as solar to address the climate and energy crisis. McCain’s move to select Alaska Governor Palin is strategic for 2 reasons from my perspective: 1) to gain the women voters who are on the fence about Obama because they are scorned Hillary supporters and want nothing more than to see a woman in the White House, and 2) to position himself to gain leverage in drilling offshore in Alaska and for getting natural gas out of the ground in Alaska to market. We cannot let McCain and Palin win, and I can tell you that my grandmother and many other older women out there have one more reason to not vote for Obama and/or vote for McCain and Palin. I need to spend the next 2 months calling women around the country campaigning for their vote for Obama and advocating the dire need for investment and policies to support the renewable industry and SOLAR. The bag will help me in my effort in both a practical sense (keeping my cell phone charged when I am making these calls) and a symbolic one (as a walking advocate for solar energy!). You need me to have this bag!

    When I go to my office at the National Center for Atmospheric Research carrying my new solar bag, it will further spark dialog with the rest of the NCAR scientists who must be rallied to get out from behind their computers and make sure that Obama is elected and is guided by smart people on energy policy. For the consequences to the further diminishing of funding for their important work on the impacts of continued planetary warming, the implications for the future of our planet and all life on Earth will be dire if we have four more years of the same. I will carry my solar bag with pride up to NCAR and rally the troupes there too!! We need solar energy NOW more than ever! There is possibly no more critical of an issue in the history of humankind….

  17. kitschy August 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I think this bag is fabulous. I am a teacher, so I\’m always running around between working at school and helping my students after class hours. As a teacher, I feel like it is important to set an example and I am very interested in the green lifestyle. Besides teaching and working on knowledge of English and literature with bright, young adolescents, it is also essential to demonstrate my role model qualities. It\’s one thing when people hear another person talk about their activities and interests related to social and environmental causes, it’s another when they see it.

    I am a writer and a general all around artist/creator. Poetry and fiction shapes my world – as does my budding love of photography. In order to be multifaceted in my life, my accessories and gear need to reflect that kind of functionality. I consider myself a well-rounded person and this bag would also be a great addition when I go back to school. I hope to enter a Ph.D program soon to study literature and creative writing so I can further my artistic passion and also work on my professional and teaching skills in the subject. As a high school teacher, I would love to segue into the world of academia in the university. Though, I really do have a passion for teaching adolescents and high school and it’s important to be a role model and a real person that has interests, goals, dreams, and of course a sense of awareness of our world.

    More so, the bag will totally help out my need to charge my cell phone and iPod, among other nifty devices. I also love to utilize electronics and technology in my lessons and teaching – if I can relate music, videos, or films to my lessons – my students really latch into a subject. And, using various artistic mediums is a cool way to bring out interest and skills in young learners. Besides this bag being a wonderful asset to my lifestyle – I teach, travel, and just live life – it also helps me inspire others. Not to mention, it looks great!

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