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. Stacey August 29, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I need this bag for so many things. My current mountainsmith bag has been my daily companion for the last ten years. It has been patched and repaired a few times, but is starting to look a bit ratty for my day day to day professional life, so I really need a new bag and what better bag could there be than the noon solar. I am an architect and the green spokes person for our office (currently working on 2 LEED projects) I always carry my cell phone, camera, and ipod with me everywhere I go. Just imagine what a statement I could make by having a bag with solar panels for my bike ride to work and to carry around the jobsite meeting with clients and contractors!

  2. wyadog August 29, 2008 at 11:59 am

    I ski all over the western US all spring and summer, and write a blog about my experiences training to become a member of the Alpine Demonstration Team as a mom of 2 kids at 36 years old who just started skiing two years ago!

    I have been saving up in my training fund for a solar solution to my blogging problem, as I take a computer, camera, and cell phone with me on all my backcountry trips.

    Please help me inspire other moms that they are NOT dead, that they can go outside and play, train, get fit and healthy again!

  3. Jon Morrison August 29, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Good day to all,

    This bag is truly impressive in it\’s marriage of design and functionality.
    In addition to being a manufacturer of eco-energetic and ecological modular homes (, I have been remotely involved in promoting the sustainability agenda through political channels!!
    I would gladly offer my shoulder as a partnership in displaying the future today.


  4. gregwheeler August 29, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Seriously—I need this back to help me win arguments. I\’m always getting in these \’exchanges\’ about the difference any amount of green thinking can make, with friends and acquaintances who are eco-skeptics. Once I was actually paddling in Frontenac park, here in Ontario, with a friend who was arguing that using a solar and wind power, etc…, on a small scale, wouldn\’t help our planet\’s overall predicament. I was forcefully arguing the opposite point, then remembered I had an ipod with me and some old Lazy Environmentalist podcasts that would have spiked all his arguments. So, natch, the ipod battery was kaput. I still think I won the argument, but how amazing would it have been to use a cool-looking, solar-powered solution to serve up those podcasts.

    Sigh… please help me triumph in future eco-arguments. I don\’t even need to take it paddling in the wilderness. Just brandishing the bag should do the trick

  5. carriesub August 29, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I work for an organization that has spearheaded a green initiative. We dedicate ourselves to teaching consumers about the importance of indoor air quality. IAQ is one of the important factors for the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED certification. If you utilize the right products in a normal household setting, you too can achieve indoor air quality that meets EPA standards.

    We strive to bring information to the consumer market, who is so often misled, that truly informs on all aspects of green. We bring only the best to consumers.

    Other than making my life dedicated to an aspect of a green initiative, I live my life through ways of sustainable practices.

    I ride my bike to the store. I have been taking my own bag to the grocery so long that people didn\’t know what to do when I said, \”Oh I brought my own bag.\” I take public transportation as often as possible. I don\’t drink bottled water. I carry my own to-go containers. I shop primarily at second hand stores. I recycle, compost, and teach others about the importance of doing whatever we can. Recently I hosted a preparty for a concert that was held in downtown Louisville. We all took the bus to the show (40 of us). I also recently became a home owner. I have done my best to reduce the amount of water we put into the sewage by planting a rain garden and redirecting a downspout that went directly into the sewage system. I am hoping by the end of the fall I find time to add a new downspout with a rainbarrel and a pump to utilize the grey water in my yard.

    I do my best to conserve energy as well. I have all my electrical outlets equipped with surge protectors so that I may turn off my electric items that go to standby. I use CFLs. I use NMhi batteries in most items.

    I strive daily to utilize my resources to my fullest ability. For me, winning this bag is not for the fashion statement. For me, this bag is taking my efforts to another level. It will be a way for me to stimulate conversation, educate others, and functionally provide me with a bag 😉

  6. Earl August 29, 2008 at 10:24 am

    It was hot August day in 2003. The long bike ride home was over and I made my way down into the eerie cavern beneath our apartment complex called the parking garage. Bike safely locked up, I turned to head for the elevator. Suddenly everything went black. The hum of the lights and the rattle of the ventilation units stopped and I was alone in the dark. I’d never experienced darkness like that before. I fought off the urge to panic as emergency lights at the far ends of the cavern sputtered to dim life – the air of zombie apocalypse was everywhere. I ran for the stairs certain hordes of zombies would be charging down the ramps toward me at any moment.

    24 floors later I was safely in my apartment. Looking out over the city it was clear no one had electricity. The first night passed… candles burned in windows, the sound of music echoed in the distance, people walked through empty streets enjoying the starts, voices could be heard for blocks, people gathered on porches and chatted… we were really in for it. Zombies were most certainly rampaging through the city somewhere by now. How long before my building was overrun? How much food did I have? When would I have to venture down to street level to gather water and forage for berries in the park? When would I run out of batteries and have to rig up some sort of stationary bike power-generating unit that would most certainly erupt in flames upon first use? Oh man, if only I had a Noon solar tote bag… I could fill the manly Logan with essential supplies, zombie-bashing gear, keep my ipod and camera charged so I can listen to sweet sweet tunes while fighting the zombie apocalypse and documenting it with my head-cam.

    If I win the Noon Tote I’ll be ready for next time!

  7. canadaduane August 29, 2008 at 10:11 am

    as sunlight for farmers
    makes green fields turn gold,
    and sunlight for oak trees
    sees majesty unfold;
    so sunlight by backpack
    would help this student,
    now enrolled!

  8. sulaj August 29, 2008 at 10:05 am

    why my previous comment is awaiting moderation?

  9. flybishop August 29, 2008 at 9:41 am

    As a webdesigner I need my laptop with me everywhere. The problem is, my laptop battery has been quickly losing it’s ability to hold a charge. Since the cost of a replacement battery is still so ridiculous, and because I can’t bring myself to putting another polluting battery in to the world, this bag would bring with it a world of difference.

  10. edZio August 29, 2008 at 9:37 am

    The hot unforgiving Spanish sun rains its rays down upon my brow, but I pay its effects no attention as the focus of my senses are on the walking path I feel beneath my feet, the sights I see, and the music I hear. With each step I take on this 700km journey on the Way of St.James, I am one step closer to my goal, However a nagging sense in the back of my mind tells me that I am also one step closer to an empty battery! Such an adventure can be done without music, but what of my iPods digital voice recorder to capture the epic events as they unfold before me, or what of my camera?!

    Much history stands to be lost in the sands of time if this occures!
    Something must be done to prevent this horrific turn of events! Buy more wasteful batteries along the way? Heavens no!!!

    When my brother and I head to Spain this November to walk the entire Way of St.James trail it would help both of us with those devices. Both fresh out of school, it is time our real world education began!

  11. jssk6 August 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

    The Noon Solar Bag would charge all my small electronics like cellphone and ipod, that way i don\’t have to plug the appliances into the wall outlet. I would tell my friends that whenever they are in my dorm room they could easily charge their handheld gadgets, and I would encourage them to leave those outlets free of charges while not using them. I tend to unplug any small appliances when i\’m not using them, I share this green idea to my friends, but now with the Noon Solar Bag I would add that they could purchase a Solar Bag that would enhance their electricity efficiency within their house/apt./dorm room.
    Plus, I would also use the bag for school use. In that same manner, other environmentally conscientious students could ask me what\’s its purpose, and where did I get it. I don\’t really have a \”school bag\” for school… i just use my laptop bag without the laptop to transport some notebooks. The solar bag would be of great use. Not only that, but my university\’s campus has an arboretum and plenty of green areas around, I could easily bring the bag and sit down under a tree to charge it.
    I am involved in several clubs that promote environmental changes for my school, such as eliminating styrofoam from the university\’s dining center, implementing green roofs (roofs with plants) to lower down the heat temperature of buildings, among others. I need this bag to promote solar panels in my school, prove the importance of solar power in our everyday lives, and how it can save us money just by reusing solar energy. I think it would serve as a medium to demonstrate the small savings that I get from the use of the Noon Solar Bag, and how solar power could be incorporated in the university to create big savings and increase the green footprint.

  12. jmaw August 29, 2008 at 9:31 am


    I would like to own this bag because I think that it is an IDEA WORTH SPREADING. I have already starting talking to friends, co-workers, family about this product. If I owned this bag that it would make a stronger impression on people.

  13. Moll August 29, 2008 at 9:20 am

    I need this bag because I will be studying abroad next semester in Europe and will have no way of charging my electronics due to the voltage differences there. It would be very handy to me, and save me the misery of buying an adapter that would eventually become useless to me. Also what better way to represent the States then with a solar charging bag that shouts out \”hey we care too!\”?

  14. eoin63 August 29, 2008 at 9:18 am

    I work in the environmental field and am outside most of the time. I have adopted an OLPC XO to my field work and would love to have the bag to help charge that and other equipment. I am working to add solar (passive and photo voltaic) to my home as I can afford, and saving to by a hybrid vehicle. This bag would fit in with my desire to move away from non-renewable energy sources in all areas of my life.

  15. edZio August 29, 2008 at 9:15 am

    The Spanish sun rains down its rays onto my brow but I pay no attention to its effects, the focus of my senses are on the path that I walk, the sights that I see, and the music I hear. Step after step walking the Spanish 700km Way-of-St.James I know I am closer to my goal but I am also closer to an empty battery for my iPod!! No music, but most importantly no instant access to a digital voice recorder to log the epic tales of my journey as they happen.

    Moments of history risk being lost.

    You have the power to prevent this horrific twist of fate when I travel to Spain this November with my brother. Fresh out of school, it is time our real world education began!

  16. nuttmeg562 August 29, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I need to have this bag! Besides loving the way that it looks, I’m engaged and we just bought our first home 3 weeks ago, and we’re doing everything we can to be as energy efficient as possible. We’ve always rented and didn’t have as much control over how energy efficient our homes were, but now that we have our own, we’re doing everything we can to utilize our energy the best we can, and save money! We’re getting married in December, so that’s a big concern too. We’re getting all new energy star appliances, energy efficient lighting and sink fixtures, and hopefully bamboo flooring. We’re also trying to cut down on our transportation emissions, I take the train to work, and both of our cars are very efficient on gas.
    Our hope is that by creating an energy efficient home, we can teach our children (once we have them) how to live in a sustainable, efficient environment. By teaching the future generations how to utilize what we have and not be as wasteful as generations past, it will eventually become a way of life and we can, hopefully, stop any more damage from being done.

  17. art_freak August 29, 2008 at 8:55 am

    As a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design I have taken on being certified as a sustainable designer on top of my normal studies. I have been inspired by my lessons and this blog to continue to become more and more eco-friendly to hopefully one day reduce my footprint to zero or potentially to the negatives by replenishing. In the last two weeks I moved from the outter suburbs to a home in the metro near my job, (although I drive a Prius hybrid) I ditched that to bike to work on Minnesota’s greenway instead, I shaved my head to remove my need of chemicals to clean and style hair and have switched over to all home eco products (cleaners, flurescents, etc).

    I continue to try and infulence others with my choices and being a “brand evangelist” for the green movement convinving my parents to invest in hybrids and green energy credits. Along with getting my friends that live in the urban areas to switch over to predominate transportation by bike as well.

    This bag seems perfect for me because as a designer I always have to carry my mac with me. I need a good sturdy bag that can hold it, a few books and a shirt change for when I go to school or work in downtown. On top of that I am the worst and remembering to plug in my laptop to charge while working at night and having this would help me keep my laptop charged on the go (or at the very least keep my iPhone at optimal levels as I listen to music on my bike ride).

    That is why I would greatly appreciate the solar bag. :-)

  18. carolluckhardt August 29, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Actually, I want to win it for my two greyhounds who don’t always have acess to electrical outlets (plus they are dangerous for dogs). There cell phone is always dying and they can never reach me when they need to.

  19. skertrevir August 29, 2008 at 8:31 am

    I want this bag so much that if I don\’t win it, I\’ll save up and buy it instead of entering these contests each week.

  20. beccageo1980 August 29, 2008 at 8:30 am

    I am entering for a chance to win this remarkable bag for my husband, George, who has just started a new job at UNC hospital in Chapel Hill, NC after being out of work for over a year. He rides the commuter bus every day with his gadgets, all needing a boost, in his old “man purse” which is wearing out. He enjoys that ride to from work because he can either read or watch the world go by without having to worry about being in traffic down around the hospital. George has been “laid off” twice now in the past four years, and a bag like this is just the sort of thing that would tickle him to use. But until the price comes down (and I sure hope it does for everyone’s sake) we will have to wait. So I appreciate your consideration of my entry. Thanks! Becca Johnson, Camp Follower for 28 years…

  21. raw August 29, 2008 at 8:21 am

    I live in a college town where the hippie townies think that the best way to make a stand for eco-matters is to paint your face and put on a parade. Don\’t get me wrong, I love a good parade (esp. when that guy with the bird suit and the stilts goes hobbling down the street…that guy\’s the best), but that kind of thing seems like a very loud bark w/o any kind of bite–sure, you have people looking at you while you\’re talking about a corrupt administration that passes environmentally irresponsible measures, but there\’s no positive example presented.

    My aim has always been to be the quiet example–I own a fair trade coffee shop where we offer many local sundries, I commute on a bike, I print tee shirts with my wife that are both organic cotton and sweat-shop free. And I see upwards of a hundred people a day, with whom I often share my views on sustainability and environmental matters. I need this bag so that I can set it in the window to collect light–it will start many conversations and, hopefully, enable me to present one more option for practical, sustainable change a person can make in his or her own life.

  22. loggia August 29, 2008 at 8:19 am

    First off, I am a LEED AP and an architect, so not only would I look stylish wearing this bag, but I could also help educate those around me on how important it is to live a more sustainable life. Second, I have a cell phone that is over 5 years old, I have resisted all the fancy new phones out there knowing that so much e-waste gets shipped off to China and other third world countries, polluting their ground water with heavy metals. Unfortunately, the battery on that phone is past it’s prime, and being able to recharge it on the fly would be fantastic.
    Thanks for your website, reading it is very enriching!

  23. bentchick August 29, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Being a car-free transportational cyclist in a winter country like Canada for the last decade has many challenges.

    To add to the complications, I have ten different disabilities. I do my best to contribute to my community by being the best Green example that I can, but many ecological products are beyond my grasp, due to a tiny disabilty pension.

    Because I ride an unusual trike, while riding to do my transportation, I get about 20 positive comments per hour, several people per hour who actually stop me for curious questions and lots more second and third looks.

    Can you imagine the extra information I could convey in a glance or a chat if I also had a solar bag on that unusual practical human powered vehicle?

    In the past, I adminstrated or was a feature speaker at up tp 40 exhibits and displays per year that focused on transportational ( practical cycling) for a myriad of groups including multipy-disabled people, seniors, children, commuters, homebike builders, ecological associations, etc)

    I would really like to win one of these bags to be more functional in my continued car-free lifestyle, to integrate it into the casual chats I have with people about practical cycling and as part of the features in my presentations about practical cycling and car-free living.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. rosedeniz August 29, 2008 at 5:36 am

    I spend more than half my year in Turkey; a bag of this caliber would be an excellent way to introduce Turkish people to ecological ingenuity in a stylish way. Short on eco-focused programs, but big on open-mindedness, the Solar Noon bag would be an amazing way to generate curiosity in Turkey regarding ways to change the state of the environment. With frequent electricity cuts, the Solar Noon bag would also eliminate my dependency on electricity while traveling there, making my goal to be an ecologically-conscious traveler complete.

  25. sulaj August 29, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Hallo, I am the only one (like says Freddy Mercury) which can really and better use this solar bag ‘cause I live in the best sunny country of the world…Naples Italy.
    Now you are thinking I can’t participate ‘cause I’m not a U.S. or Canada resident, there is not problem I can give you a U.S. address for the shipping. So give me a chance to use at best my sweet Sun, I need it.
    Oh I forgot, my name is Sulaj and it means “shining sun”.
    It’s all. Bye.

  26. sulaj August 29, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Hi, I am the only one (like says Freddy) which can really and better use this solar bag ‘cause I live in the best sunny country of the world…Naples Italy.
    Now you are thinking I can’t participate ‘cause I’m not a U.S. or Canada resident, there is not problem I can give you a U.S. address for the shipping. So give me a chance to use at best my sweet Sun, I need it.
    Oh I forgot, my name is Sulaj and it means “shining sun”.
    It’s all. Bye.

  27. borre August 29, 2008 at 4:25 am

    Hi There!

    I study at the art-academy in Holland! My dream is to live totally biological and to be one with the nature. Oke, it is very difficult but not impossible. I try to live as green as i could be. Even if I am a pour student. Many friends of me like my live style and respect the way that I always think about the nature and environment. I also give them some tips and tricks to live more green. (like starting to make your own biological food). To win this bag should be a fantastic present! Than I’ve got something wearable, so I can show the bag on my art-academy. I can show them the fashion off the future! Give some fashion students idea’s about combing fashion and green together. With this bag I’ve got a chance to make my school friends alert about what is going on with this world. So this bag will give me an extra satisfy feeling. I hope you all understood what I mean because my English is not very well. Love you all and always try thinking green!

  28. rossangus August 29, 2008 at 3:50 am

    I need this bag to get laid.

  29. vrittis August 29, 2008 at 3:37 am

    unlike many people, i don\’t own tons and tons of eco-unfriendly-gadgets: no iwhatever, no mp3 player, no bluetooth earset, no portable computer.
    in fact, should you deem this reason to be worthy, and send the bag this way, it would only serve to charge the old cellphone we both use in my couple (we reasoned that one among the two of us was really enough to handle the kind of telecommunication we want)

    however, i have plenty of friends, coworkers, even relatives, who are in need of charging their gadgets. the reason the bag could be useful is that it would not only be used as a charging station for all these people, it would also help them realize there are options they may not have considered regarding their energy consumption.

    after all, in my family we are sharing the one car we have, time, services… why not start to share the energy?

    best of all

  30. rishore August 29, 2008 at 3:01 am

    This solar tote would be a great help because sometimes there\’s just not enough space in my current bag for my wind turbine.

  31. brie August 29, 2008 at 3:00 am

    because im broke. really.

  32. chrisk August 29, 2008 at 2:55 am

    I’d really appreciate the bag because it would add life to 3 of my gadgets with poor battery life. If the bag I was carrying them in also charged my phone, iPod, and PDA, I wouldn’t have to consider replacing them and possibly creating a bunch of gadget-trash.

    I’d rather fix something than buy a new toy whenever the old one dies, or at the very least buy something used rather than create the demand for something newly manufactured.

    If I win, I promise to donate my current non-solar LowePro laptop bag to a goodwill thrift store so that someone else can get some use out of it. Hell, I’ll even volunteer with a group working on urban ecological solutions in the Vancouver, B.C area.

  33. evoluc August 29, 2008 at 2:54 am

    To convince you that i need this bag! I will not do all the work….Y’oull have to visit my site and see for yourself how it could be convincing for you to see a poor artist designer begining is bussiness so small because he eats crums and can’t even pay is electric bill, for ” pete’s sake you should bye a bag from me at my all new virtual store for green evoluc visit:*

    Thank you again for the support you will give this poor humble designer that would even do jobs online if you would give him a job…. or pay him for designing stuff for your company!

    My God a bag and a job

    That would be a real win ……..evoluc a poor retired home working artist designer looking for a bag. and a job …

    Wow how my day would be changed to receive a phone call telling me yes you won and we are going to give you a bag and a home job to make you live and be able to design the rest of your life and take care of your old parents 75 that have never said no to help me……im at the end of my rope ……I need a bag and a job or money in the bag to make dream append and to save life’s with my inventions…..yes a bag money , a job and a cel phone…….i would be set ……I think you get the message…


  34. playpan August 29, 2008 at 2:42 am

    I would love to have this bag for a number of reasons. I work as an Air Quality Engineer in sunny Arizona and I am studying Environmental Health and the advantages of alternative energy at the university. I am always looking for new ways to promote alternative energy, especially solar power, to the community. I dabble in electronics and have been working on making more of the things I do in my life powered by the environment. This bag would help me make a statement to my co-workers, community members and my peers at the university.

  35. genoco August 29, 2008 at 1:51 am

    I need this bag so that I can work on my laptop on the go and have enough power to get the job done.

  36. genoco August 29, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I need this bag so I can charge my laptop when I’m on the go

  37. photosynth August 29, 2008 at 1:29 am

    America needs this bag, as a metaphor more than an accessory, as vision before vanity.

    The lesson the sun wants to teach is that we need nothing, because everything we think we need is freely provided.

    Everything we think we need already belongs to us.

    This bag would help me maintain my vision of myself as some kind of Independent bohemian new media design generalist, who sheds light and has no footprint.
    This bag is a producer, not a consumer.
    This bag would make me a Generator.

    This bag has a philosophy that transcends form.

    This bag cannot belong to anybody, because it already belongs to everybody.

    The lesson this bag wants to teach is that what we need is already everywhere, all around us.

    Our grandchildren will look back on this bag as the beginning of the time when stupidity went out of style

    In the future, this bag will store solar power in a hydrogen fuel cell, which will also run your car.

    I will upgrade this bag, then give it to my son, who will upgrade it and give it to His son.

    one day, a small village in Vanuatu will draw its power exclusively from this bag.

    the villagers will bow down before it, and wonder at its enigmatic power.

    a rogue child will steal it, and lose it in the woods,

    where it will sit for 1,000,000,000 years,

    and at the end of time, this bag

    will rekindle the suns.

  38. lauren August 29, 2008 at 1:05 am

    I wouldn’t say that I “need” this bag, However, it is a coveted item. As an architecture student on a very topographically challenging (hilly) campus, I am accustomed to hauling many things around in my backpack from high school, even though I am beginning my fourth year at school. Winning an eco-conscious and useful bag would help me teach those around me of technologies available for sustainable design. It would also help me to be more professional and as I move out into the workforce allow me to show where my design focus lies. I envision the bag as a conversation piece to open the dialogue about green design. It is also a valuable tool for myself as an on-the-go student to keep my technological entourage up and running. Thanks Inhabitat!

  39. lkdeibler August 29, 2008 at 1:01 am

    I wouldn’t say that I “need” this bag, However, it is a coveted item. As an architecture student on a very topographically challenging (hilly) campus, I am accustomed to hauling many things around in my backpack from high school, even though I am beginning my fourth year at school. Winning an eco-conscious and useful bag would help me teach those around me of technologies available for sustainable design. It would also help me to be more professional and as I move out into the workforce allow me to show where my design focus lies. I envision the bag as a conversation piece to open the dialogue about green design. It is also a valuable tool for myself as an on-the-go student to keep my technological entourage up and running. Thanks Inhabitat!

  40. svenskaanna August 28, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I need this bag because I work for an environmental adventure travel mag and everything I do has to be green… how else can I justify working for a publication that prints on partly recycled and FSC certified paper? I commute by bike, refuse to buy plastic and even recently went vegetarian. But somehow I am still forced to recharge my phone and computer at night, consuming precious energy and making me feel like I am not totally doing my part for the environment. With this bag not only would I look cool which is important in the magazine world, but I would also be going greener. Please Inhabitat, oh please, make me one of those hip and cool kids that actually walks the walk.

  41. kdot August 28, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Firstly, I do not need this bag, no one really needs much (we only really need water, food and shelter), however I would really like to own this bag. As much as this bag would be helpful during my daily life (never having to worry about running out of batteries for my camera, phone dying or lack of music on long commuting trips). But the truth is this bag would really be helpful when I go on location for projects. As an industrial designer, my focus has always been about need based design vs. consumption based design. In turn this has lead to opportunities to work/design in and for other parts of the world. Within the past year I have traveled to India (for design education) and hopefully planning to travel to Uganda (for children education toys) or Mozambique (for locally designed wood product for Western market). Owning this bag would really be a wonderful when traveling, never having to worry about finding a power source (for camera, phone….). As well, this bag would be a good representation about who I am as a socially and environmentally conscious designer, both here in nyc and abroad. Truthfully, no matter what the reason, owning this bag would be wonderful treat and much appreciated!

  42. antancia August 27, 2008 at 4:31 am

    I’m 19 and have been attending community college for a year now, but this semester I had to stop taking classes. I live with my father in a house I’m constantly afraid that we’re going to lose soon, because we can’t afford it. I stopped taking classes and started working nearly full time on a measly wage so that I could afford to pay my own bills in hopes that it would take some pressure off my father. I would really love to attend a university in NYC in the future but it seems nearly impossible because I cannot save enough money, nor does my father have any saved for me – we are living off his savings and my wage right now. My father’s health problems are too severe for him to work a regular job. Obviously this bag is not going to solve my problems – but those few dollars that I save charging my phone from solar energy are a few dollars I wouldn’t have been able to save for my future before. Having a nice bag for a change would take some pressure off of me by allowing me to save my money instead of buying a cheap bag that will fall apart on me yet again. Thank you Inhabitat for your consideration.

  43. vacuuum August 26, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    I need this bag to make my wife happy (we all know how important that is).
    She is eco-conscious and she would love this bag because she is also a gadget freak 😛

  44. shakari August 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I want/need this bag so that my country wont go underwater in 2000-something due to global warming.
    We have to go greenER fast.
    Originally from Indonesia, I go to college in Malaysia majoring in product design- sunny all year, simply appropriate.
    Charging cellphone while commuting is clearly essential for communication purpose. I\’ve tried to go green by reducing my electricity use by not having portable game consoles or MP3 players and such. -I wish the bag would charge my laptop as well. =)

    ~props for the awesome products!

  45. aung-nawa August 25, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I need this bag because everytime I go back to visit my home country I can tell them there is another way of harnessing energy that is easier that most people think that it doesn\’t have to be on a roof or some acres of land. Some people really dont\’ know and don\’t care to find out, but I want them to know and care. I want to encourage people to utilise solar energy in more ways by setting an example, letting people ask what\’s on the side of my bag and why I am using it. I am hoping that soon solar energy will be cheaper so that anybody can efford to buy it and it will be common and not just a luxury (I mean, this bag is very expensive and I can\’t efford it!!!).

  46. HyperionRevived August 25, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    This seems like a great contest!

    I would definitely wear one of those shirts alll the time 😀

    And as for the guy above…

    I, on the other hand, have a electric powered false arm (prosthises) which is in need of constant supply of electric. This tote bag will alleviate

  47. terpsicore August 25, 2008 at 10:33 am

    A recent illness has caused some brain damage and physical issues which make my previous career impossible.
    So it is back to school for me. PDA to keep me organized, laptop to compensate for the sometimes shaking hand, and a portable game system to train and sharpen up what is left. With such a heavy dependence on technology it would be very handy to power my equipment anytime I am on the train, near a window or studying outside.

    (Hey, you asked for a sob story. I was just going to write that fighting over the outlets in classrooms is a pain.)

  48. juleej August 24, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I would really like this Noon Solar bag for myself,but YOU really need to award it to me. In a comprehensive search for solar powered chargers, I have encountered reviews about price points being too high for regular people, components wearing out, being unable to find the correct connectors, problems with panel placement not getting enough direct sun, or charging times not being practical.

    Even battery systems with solar panels that are somewhat affordable for middle class people have terrible reviews, or are lacking in good or useful reviews at places like is a great place to learn about cutting edge equipment, new gadgetry, and read new press releases from some of the most promising sustainable companies If you award me this bag, I\’ll document really using it, integrating it into my life, finding creative uses for solar charging, and letting you know if the $418 price tag not only pays for itself, but really contributes to a clean conscience, and a sustainable style.

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  51. sarah94549 August 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Well, yes, “need” is a difficult word to use in this context, but if I had this bag, it would be seen and noticed by any number of people that probably don’t often spend a lot of thought on renewable energy.

    I’m a musician, addicted to my ipod, mp3 recorder and cell phone. I spend plenty of potential charging time waiting at outdoor public transit stops, and (alas) also plenty of time in the car. But when I get where I’m going, it will be an Arabic or Persian-Jazz fusion session, or to a language class, or to farmer’s market, or the Afghan bakery, or a fencing club, or any number of other places full of people who will be fascinated with the bag. I confess that I get a bit of extra attention on account of being a grey-haired nearly-old woman, which tends to be unusual in the places I frequent.

    So, if you want the bag and all that it implies seen and noticed be people who don’t read Inhabitat, I could make that happen.

  52. southstep August 24, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I’m a graduate student, who is always waiting for my kids’ calls in another country. As usual, kids are not necessarily best time-keepers in the world: They pick really funny times to call me, and more often than not my old cellular phone is out of battery. That’s mind-boggling experience. The bag certainly can not solve my kids’ time problem, but it should help me to be prepared to get their calls… Night and day.

  53. Frion August 23, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    I need this bag because I just got the new iPhone 3g. As heard in lots of places on the internet, the battery life sucks and lasts only about half a day. Getting this bag will allow me to not only charge my phone during the day (like all the other college students that posted I am running around most of the day), but also feel better about purchasing this energy sucking phone. Knowing that I am using energy from the sun to power its electrical gluttony, I can get rid of the shame I have each time I plug it in. Now some may argue I should just be using a normal phone that doesn’t die in half a day, but then how am I going to check Inhabitat for updates all day long?

  54. Nicole August 23, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I’m an art student and I try to walk the talk by preserving our precious resources in my life and my work. I have been looking into alternative sources of power to recharge various electronic devices which seem to have become a major part of our day-to-day world. The Noon Solar tote bag seems to be the practical choice as it has dual functions and it’s not a backpack! I look forward to integrating this product into my everyday life.

  55. amyk August 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    i’m starting graduate school in a few days — beginning a several year slog towards a PhD in history. my focus is environmental history, and i am particularly interested in exploring relationships between people, nature and industry. (obvious connection there to the bag) — but i am entering your contest because i think this bag could go a long ways towards initiating conversations with my new colleagues. i’ve found that sadly, people of the environmentally-minded variety tend to be characterized as “outdoorsy hippies” — and while i probably fit that bill, having worked several seasons in the backcountry and been involved in environmental education/non-profit work, i’m more than that. this bag would help me to elevate the discussions i hope to be having with my colleagues and the broader academic community i am joining by demonstrating that green thinking can be about more than the composter in my backyard and the tent in my closet. it will also help me to make sure that i maintain a balance in my own life — allowing me to spend more time writing on my laptop outside — something that i think i’ll need in order to preserve my sanity and remember some of the more visceral reasons for my career choice.

    thanks for all you guys do.

  56. RyCon707 August 23, 2008 at 11:46 am

    What a wonderful idea! You know where this would really come in handy, charging devices while on that morning biking commute. It’s not often that my mp3 player dies on me halfway through my rides to work and then coming home from work. Defiantly a major bummer considering how much of a joy the music can be on those rides. Every once and awhile I’ll catch myself in the morning checking the mp3 players battery, one morning it was so low I was tempted to grab my old CD player… talk about rocking out to some classics. And that anti-vibration feature… well they must’ve consider biking an earth quake because it was like listening to a DJ remix.

  57. kfleger August 23, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I see that a couple of photographers have already commented, and at the expense of being repetitive, I believe that this bag would be immensely useful in keeping the batteries of my camera equipment charged and ready to go, not to mention the ubiquitous phone and iPod. I\’m raising money to be able to get to Africa next summer to spend several months with the locals in a humanitarian aid project, which I will do my best to document through photography, and hopefully spread awareness. In an area of the world where electricity is coveted, I would prefer to stay off grid, and leave it for those that really need it. The bag would help me do that, and would be a testament to emerging technologies that are extremely useful to sun drenched, third-world countries that need them the most.

  58. ArthurBrazil August 23, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Well here’s why I need this bag. I am new to being eco-friendly and inhabitat has really given me a kick start into this great movement. I am always on the go with a digital camera, pda, cell phone and other random electronic junk. It seem that when I need one it goes dead. It seems like its always the one i need that is on low batteries. Being a college student and on the go it would really help me shave a few seconds and give me some extra time to read. Either way go inhabitat for having this bomb contest. I’m anxious to find out who wins.

  59. pecanino August 23, 2008 at 12:55 am

    I can’t truly say I “need” this bag; it’s more of a “want” because of the convenience it would offer me. Believing that we “need” environmentally friendly products only feeds into the current trend of eco-consumerism, but in the long run we have to ask ourselves if consumerism is EVER an environmentally sound practice when compared to reducing our total consumption.
    The reason I want this bag is because I am a college student planning on touring Europe this upcoming summer, but in a very unconventional sense. I am planning to enjoy the natural beauty and rural culture of Europe by touring the continent on bicycle and by doing so hope to minimize my environmental footprint along the way (though, there’s already a dent from the flight over). On my trip I will be packing the bare minimum: a few changes of clothes, water sacks and a purifier, a tent for camping out most evenings, basic utensils and cutlery, two days worth of food (to be replenished with locally grown foods when in towns), a cell-phone, a camera to document my journey, and my laptop so that I can share my experiences with friends and family. Because I am camping most evenings I will rarely have access to several hours of conventional electricity to power my electronics; And because I’m traveling by bicycle all day, I have plenty of sunshine at my disposal that won’t be put to much use without a solar powered bag! I’m hoping to win this solar powered bag so that I can power these electronics and increase my independence on this cross continental journey and perhaps even inspire some “green” interest in those rural locals gawking at that “crazy American” riding by.

  60. tigpc August 23, 2008 at 12:23 am

    I work as an EMT in Boston but I live 50+ miles away. I take a train, two subways, and a bus to get to work everyday. I leave my house 2 1/2 hours before I have to be at work and get home 3 1/2 hours after I get out of work. If I get out late, which happens more often than not then it takes me an extra 2 hours to get home. I listen to my ipod the entire time. Sometimes I just listen but most of the time I use it to help me study. I record the classes and then download them to my ipod so I can listen to them again. I also listen to classical music while I read my books or study so I can focus on what’s infront of me and not on what’s going on around me. My poor little ipod was washed and then dried. I forgot to take the poor little guy out of my work pants. Somehow he survived though and still works. The batter doesn’t work so well though. I usually lose power halfway through my ride. I can charge it while I’m on the ambulance but it dies again on the way home and sometimes I’m too tired to charge it at night or sometimes I just don’t go home cause by the time I get there I”ll have to turn around and come back and then I don’t get to charge it. It would be great if I could charge my little ipod while it’s in my bag. I was just thinking I should buy one of those when I got an email about this contest so I took it as a sign. There are a lot of worthy causes out there, may the best man win!

  61. tigpc August 23, 2008 at 12:11 am

    I work as am EMT in Boston, but I live 50 miles from where I work. I take a train, a subway, and a bus to get to work everyday. My poor little iPod has gotten washed and dried and still surprisingly works. Not really sure how it works but it still does. However I can only get it to work for half the day. I charge it while I\’m at work but sometimes the ambulance I\’m in doesn\’t charge the batter at all so when I\’m on my way home my iPod doesn\’t work. I use my iPod to study. I listen to music with no words to drown out the surrounding noise so I can focus on what I\’m studying. I just finished my undergrad degree with a bachelor\’s degree in biology and I will start my graduate work in the spring of \’09 in forensics.

  62. pecanino August 23, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I can’t truly say I “need” this bag; it’s more of a “want” because of the convenience it would offer me. Believing that we “need” environmentally friendly products only feeds into the current trend of eco-consumerism, but in the long run we have to ask ourselves if consumerism is EVER an environmentally sound practice when compared to reducing our total consumption.

    The reason I want this bag is because I am a college student planning on touring Europe this upcoming summer, but in a very unconventional sense. I am planning to enjoy the natural beauty and rural culture of Europe by touring the continent on bicycle and by doing so hope to minimize my environmental footprint along the way (though, there’s already a dent from the flight over). On my trip I will be packing the bare minimum: a few changes of clothes, water sacks and a purifier, a tent for camping out most evenings, basic utensils and cutlery, two days worth of food (to be replenished with locally grown foods when in towns), a cell-phone, a camera to document my journey, and my laptop so that I can share my experiences with friends and family. Because I am camping most evenings I will rarely have access to several hours of conventional electricity to power my electronics; And because I’m traveling by bicycle all day, I have plenty of sunshine at my disposal that won’t be put to much use without a solar powered bag! I’m hoping to win this solar powered bag so that I can power these electronics and increase my independence on this cross continental journey and perhaps even inspire some “green” interest in those rural locals gawking at that “crazy American” riding by.

  63. nmbart August 22, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    In the very near future, we\’ll all need things like this. Currently the sun is the longest lasting thing around for energy. Oil is becoming to difficult to gather, and will take a very long time to come back to the surface. Small things like this solor energy bag is whats needed to make a change. It may not be a need at the moment, but it will definatly help until the time comes when it really is needed.

    PS: My family is poor and cannot afford the novelty known as \’gas\’. That\’s why I want it.

  64. criacria August 22, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I need this bag! Between grad school and two fledgling businesses, my husband and I are always running on e and so are our gadgets. Such a fantastic invention would spare me from the nightmares where I wake up to Al Gore reminding me that I did not unplug my charger, that alone would be sheer heaven! Please deliver me from this life of low battery bleeps and reduce my carbon footprint from Sasquatch to Tinkerbelle……..

  65. backpackingnerd August 22, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I think that I could justify this bag as a need for a few simple reasons. As an IT admin and business owner, I’m constantly on the go and usually away from an outlet. I live in the sunny state of Colorado and thus a solar bag would be useful and often utilized. I preach to many of my peers and customers the importance of making green decisions and looking for alternative ways of doing things- this bag would outwardly show that I practice what I preach (even though I have solar at home). I thank you for your consideration.


  66. buffaloe August 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I don’t think I “NEED” this bag. Unfortunately, I think I WANT this bag. Honesty is the best policy, after all. That said, I believe that HAVING this bag will bring a lot of attention to the accessibility of Solar Power. Especially since I work on a college campus and like to take afternoon strolls to get away from the computer. The bag would join me. Together we would soak up the rays. Me for Vitamins. It for power. It’s a lovely image. By the way, thanks for the newsletters. I often forget to check out the site regularly and the newsletter gets me here. bye now.

  67. rpfarrell August 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Hi there! I\’m currently an architecture and environmental design student (wow, an actual student!) at the very alternative Hampshire College.

    I\’m not here to tell you that I need this bag. Last time I checked, I can survive without that $2,000 Macbook or that oh-so-necessary \”Moto Q\”. I\’m here because after 5 long years of tattering up the gaping holes of my old backpack with botched sewing jobs, I\’m going to be forced to purchase a new bag before the semester begins. I wouldn\’t ask for this bag if I didn\’t already have one that was suitable–that\’d be a waste of material! So I\’m currently on the lookout for a new, environmentally friendly bag (on the budget of an intern blogger for an emerging sustainable architecture blog. Hmpfh.). I\’m willing to bet that this bag will reduce the greatest amount of electricity use in my possession, and isn\’t that what Inhabitat is all about?.

    I can\’t tell you that I need the bag for epic photography ventures or to sustain my heart (?), but I bet I could challenge any contributer to this post and say that with me, this bag will see more light of day (har har) than with anyone else. For the next five years (at least!) I will be able to charge the various electronics of myself, my family members, random strangers in dire need, and of course my friends. The bag would of course serve as a symbol for small-scale alternative energy sources, and serve as a starting point for many, many conversations about the benefits of solar power.

    Also, I\’m heading off to the Ecovillage of Findhorn, Scotland to continue my studies of abroad for the spring semester. As far as I\’m concerned, they have different AC outlets, so having this bag would relieve me of quite a bit of dead battery stress.

    I appreciate your consideration,

  68. Art4life August 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    i do not want this bag for myself. I want to give it as a gift. My good friend Angela recently left for Panama as a member of the Peace Corps and I will not see her for two years. She has only just left the USA last month and has not yet been given a permanent location, although we do know it will be long hours of work in the sun working with agriculture. This would be perfect and would allow me to give a gift to someone i care for that i would not be able to afford. The gift of this bag from you would be wonderful if you so choose to give to to me.

    Thank you.

  69. emschelle August 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    This bag is the shiz (to translate the vernacular, it is really a great thing). I need it desperately for the reasons to follow.

    1. Fact: I have been going to my university for four years now and have gotten no fewer than fourteen tickets from the university police department for locking my bike up to an \”unofficial bike rack,\” i.e., a railing or something like that ( there simply are not enough on campus and what is a student trying to get to class on time to do?) I do make sure my bike isn\’t going to be in the way, I just have no other option…
    Maybe if I could offer to charge up an officer\’s tazer for them or warm up their coffee with my usb drink warmer or even just offer to tote their donuts back to UPD headquarters in style, I can persuade them to rethink their tickets or put more bike racks on campus via an eco-conversation sparked by a great conversation piece (read:sweet solar bag), thus making my graduate years spent at this school a bit more affordable by saving me the scads of money that these tickets are costing me.

    2. Fact: My parents are interested in solar power for their home, but aren\’t convinced of how great it is. I can use this bag to show them how even something as small as my uber-chic shoulder bag can charge up all the devices I carry in it. \”Oh, wow, that is great,\” they will say,\”just think if the whole roof of the house was covered in that stuff.\” This small bag can spark a trend on my folks\’ street, and eventually a small, California Central Valley town can be the catalyst for greening one of the least eco-friendly regions in the west.

    3. Fact: My \”Energy for a Sustainable Society\” professor is by far one of the coolest people I have ever met. He is at the forefront of research for solar thermal technology and wind energy, and still makes time to impart his passion for all things sustainable to us students. This bag would be a passive way to say, \”hey, I dig it too, and in a big way.\” His interest piqued, I would become his ward, and he would impart his massive library of knowedge to me, maybe I\’d even help him research the new solar thermal fields that went up near the university, and I could take my newly-imbibed wisdom into the architecture that I design and build (that is what I am studying at the afore-mentioned university).

    4. Fact: I love green architecuture. I want to work for one of those firms that has a bike field trip every friday afternoon, and is working on becoming a paperless office, and who is not just greening up for the money, not just holding their LEED certificates up to demand another zero on the end of a designer\’s fee. I want to work at the kind of firm that gets into the dirt, that really knows how passive solar works, that can build a strawbale wall with their own hands and explain in plain words to the client how stack ventilation works and why it can work, even in a place like Arizona. The kind of firm Ed Mazria would high-five. At my interview, I would be sure to bring this Noon Solar bag in, and set it just so so that the principal would notice the solar panels, sparking a conversation between two green freaks, thus cementing my position at the firm, where I could learn and practice immeasurable amounts of greeny goodness and be doing precisely what I should be doing in my field in this day and age.

    5. Fact: I need this bag.

  70. warmace August 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    The bag is pretty sweet, but can I have a t-shirt instead?

  71. theIsovist August 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm


    I’m in Atlanta, so I’m a stone throws away from you. What are you looking to do? I’d love to get something off the ground. You’re right, the south is stuck in it’s ways, but I think there’s a change possible. I get the feeling Atlanta (and the surrounding area) is on the verge of something great. Decatur’s always been a few steps ahead, and they set a nice example.

  72. Cheryl1965 August 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I believe I\’m deserving of a solar backpack because I am a graduate student of social work, also working full-time as well as running my own green cleaning company helping to protect the environment though the use of environmentally safe cleaning products for the health of our customers, our employees and the environment while providing high paying jobs to needy women in the Boston area.

    It would be wonderful to have this bag both on campus as well as in business meetings to promote solar power as a stylish and effective use of power!

  73. camacho217 August 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I need this bag. It would be perfect while I’m jamming on my mind box, trying to tune out all the pollution and useless waste i see on the daily. I’ve got a crappy blackberry with a worthless battery. I’ve got too many chargers raising my electrical bill. It would be a great compliment to the progressively green city of Austin. Finally, when people ask where i got the kick *ss bag, I can happily tell them Inhabitat.

    p.s love the website

  74. kleight August 22, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I have a USB port in the back of my head connected to my brain. If I could stay SOLAR-CHARGED all day with the NOON SOLAR COURTLAND, then I could use my normal energy capacity all night long. Then I could spend my life 24/7 dedicated to GREENIN UP THIS WORLD.!

  75. sep2112 August 22, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I am a graduate student doing research on energy efficiency in data centers, and (with any luck) I will be graduating with my PhD at the end of this school year. I will be going out on interviews to companies and universities all over the country in the next few months. A Noon Solar bag would be a useful, not to mention stylish, asset on the road to keep my cell phone and iPod powered up. More importantly, it would be a great conversation starter with the students, professors, and researchers that I meet to show how new technologies can make an impact in achieving sustainability.

  76. ashrecords August 22, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I wear slim fitting jeans without slim fitting wallets, carkeys and phones. I usually dump my items into the purses of my lady friends and at times, forget to retrieve them. They seem annoyed. Also, I’m quite the outdoorsy type who becomes energized by the sun, but my phone does not. I would like my buddy, my phone, to be able to do the same so it won’t die on me. That way I’ll always be connected, to this site, to my work emails, families, friends, and my diary.

    A man who need a tote, is a man to needs a tote!

  77. Christine August 22, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I’m studying abroad in Rome this semester, and the residents of this city don’t exactly live the ideal green lifestyle. For example, there’s not even a city-wide recycling program, and you have to make your own (costly) arrangements! As an architecture student, I feel like it’s partially my job to introduce green strategies and technology to people who don’t think this way on a daily basis. With this bag, I could be a green embassy over there. Italians love fashion, and this could be a great stepping stone.

  78. ashrecords August 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Most of my days are spent in the car driving to and from various places for various events. I get my energy from the Sun, being quite the outdoorsy type, I would only want my my phone, my buddy, to do the same.
    I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ve become attached to my phone, it provides me everything I need to sustain a healthy work and play environment, on the go. Without my phone, I am quite lost.

    this man needs a tote!

  79. gtbarnes August 22, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    It is a curious thing that at my age–eighteen last birthday–I should find myself taking up a pen to try to write a future. I wonder what sort of history it will be when I have finished it, if ever I come to the end of the trip! I plan to do a good many things in my life, which already seems a long one to me, owing to my having begun work so young, perhaps. You see, I realized early on that I was not meant for a traditional life. By my tenth year on Earth, I had already planned out various career endeavors involving the relatively new medium of the Internet. Six years later, I chose to abandon a religion and life philosophy centered around the prospect of marriage, family and a white-collar job. And two years post, as I pen this brief mémoire, my personal plans overshadow the supposed customary practice of entering the workforce.

    You see, I can be considered an entrepreneur of sorts. Or rather, an entrepreneur of the heart. I admit that I have an immense love for the natural world. But I have also given myself to photography as my preferred medium of art. It is my personal belief that visual art has the ability to change an individual, transporting him/her to a former state of innocence during that initial shock of discovery experienced upon the first glance of an image. But alas, if photography is my lover, then I suppose nature is my mistress. To make a thorough story more precise, I was born with a personal manifesto. My purpose in life is to communicate to civilization the importance of the natural world, and to express the dire aid our humble planet requires due to human intervention in a natural environmental cycle. Climate change is a real, and photographable, threat. And I wish to document this moment in history, whether it is seen in the end as man’s finest hour, or man’s worst blunder.

    Like Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein and the other great FSA (Farm Security Administration) photographers who dedicated their lives to documenting the human face of the Great Depression in the early half of the twentieth century, I wish to capture this monumental human-fueled disaster in a way that will genuinely motivate individuals in order to invoke change. Like the FSA photographers, I must be dedicated to my work. And with this dedication will come extreme amounts of travel. My mind can barely comprehend the immense scope of the locations I may find myself in. And in many instances, I may be forced to spend weeks or months at a time away from any sign of a power outlet. A photographer relies on a vast amount of equipment, and unless I wish to alarm transportation security agents with suitcases full of laptop and camera batteries, a portable charging solution is a must. I cannot imagine a greater pain than encountering a lack of power, usually such a simple commodity, while existing as a mere dot in the vast realm of, say, the far northern edges of the Canadian Arctic documenting the rapid plight of the quickly changing environment in the region. And unfortunately, this fear has the potential to become a reality.

    Unlike the FSA photographers before me, I do not have a governmental agency to provide me with much needed funding for my work. Everything I do is done on a tight budget composed entirely of personal funds. And as a college student, these funds are scarce to say the least. It is for this reason that my first attempt at an expedition will more than likely not occur for a matter of a couple years. And there is a very good chance that I will still be using my current camera and equipment on that very adventure. Nevertheless, my dedication holds firm. Like the protagonist Allan Quatermain of Sir H. Rider Haggard’s “King Solomon’s Mines,” on which this epistle’s introduction is based, I am embarking into relatively unknown territory. I wish to create images that emotionally change individuals, and any degree of contribution in terms of handy equipment will help me achieve that dream. The FSA photographers defined a generation in the former half of the last century. It is my goal to define our current generation through the same medium, and ignite change with the most effective medium I know. Thank you.

  80. joshuart August 22, 2008 at 12:53 pm has put the cool in Green. Keep up the good work.

  81. dr.jen August 22, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I need the bag
    to charge my heart
    So much pollution
    Makes my world fall apart
    Restore my faith in humanity
    And reduce my reliance on electricity

  82. PaTrond August 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Well.. If this was about giving a reason too.. Here’s mine:
    My backpack for school just got several holes and it’s just 9 months since I bought it, so it would be rally sad to trash something that is made to sustain several years.
    Reason 2: Electricity is really expensive here in Norway and my phone, which I’m using a lot in school(writing, taking notices and photos for schoolprojects) has small battery, so I’ve often went out of power during a lession.

    So if I don’t win; atleast I hope the bag will be cheaper, so students/pupils like me can easier afford one.

  83. patospurlock August 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I need this bag. I need it to lead by example in the South Georgian town that I live in. I live beside a college campus of 12,000 students that may not be as tuned into green lifestyles. They might see me walking/bicycling on campus and think to themselves, \”hey maybe I do not have to be a slave to Georgia power, maybe there are alternatives within my grasp?\” Because here in South Georgia, even with $4 a gallon for gas, we still have people buying and driving big trucks and SUVs. No one in my area is converting to solar, and that is one think we have an abundance of (even though I am currently in the midst of Tropical Storm Fay). Maybe, just maybe, if I am seen with this bag charging my phone or Ipod, some people will start to believe that energy independence is within their grasp.

    Patrick in Valdosta, GA

  84. Ockham August 22, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I need this bad because I’m going to be walking everywhere once school starts. I live in New York City and my parents live in New Jersey, not too far, but if I’m going to have enough power in my iPod to get me from my apartment to their house, I’m going to need to be able to charge on the go. A bag like this will not only keep me from using batteries to keep my gadgets charged (as per my parents’ suggestion), but also, it will be one less thing that I have to plug in at home!

  85. judyannacan August 22, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Good luck to me

  86. sethe August 22, 2008 at 11:37 am

    after undergoing a controversial, absolutely untried gastric replacement surgery in an illegal laboratory in uruguay, i actually need the tote bag to survive. the intention of the surgery was to allow me to run on electric power rather than physical food. although some of my friends thought the purpose of the procedure was my aversion to ‘going #2′ in public restrooms, it was actually to lower my carbon footprint by ridding my consumption of livestock and vegetation that are grown on land that could be better dedicated to windfarming or biofuel growth. it also lowers my own personal methane output- i don’t think i need to elaborate on that here,

    the problem is, they didn’t inform me that the kind of battery i run on is illegal in america, and the kind of charger it needs requires an entire warehouse, making it impossible to smuggle in. so, now i have to go to uruguay to have it charged biannually. this is, as you can imagine, both costly and an irresponsible use of jet fuel. however, as luck would have it, though, i opted for the bonus package and installed a data jack in my wrist that can convert solar power into the kind of energy the battery needs.

    when you consider that giving this bag to me really helps the entire world (think of all that burning jet fuel), i think the choice will be easy.

  87. kyleschaper August 22, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I live in Florida, the sun (and lightning) capital of the country/continent/world. The bag would get no better use ALL year round than here. Besides, until someone invents a way to transfer my bike power into electricity to charge my phone etc, a solar bag is the best thing around.

    I could rock out at the beach all day without a single battery…

  88. arturopelayo August 22, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I am a podcaster that is always on the run. I travel constantly and mostly to remote places. Last year I was podcasting from the jungle in Cerro Chucanti in Panama, also when hiking in Rotorua, New Zealand, etc. I travel a lot for my educational podcast, NautiCast, therefore I think given my reach and lack of being close to the grid most of the times, a Noon solar bag would be fantastic to power up my Macbook Pro and podcasting equipment.

    Find NautiCast in iTunes U here:

  89. babakers5 August 22, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I really really hope I was one of the first few to respond to get the Tee, but also, I’m hoping to win some awesome gear too. This is a great giveaway!!!!

  90. acarboni August 22, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I am never home.

    Seriously. I thought about this the other day. I am paying an exorbitant amount of rent for an apartment I am literally in about 20 hours a week, all of them spent sleeping. Between school, full-time work, and producing a couple weekly podcasts and series, I am always running around, and always using my gadgets.

    I\\\\\\\’m checking email on the go, writing copy, editing, taking pictures, and getting calls, all while running around like an idiot (I\\\’m sure there\\\’s some GTD guy out there who could tell me how to do it all in an hour). I have a phone that\\\’s known for being one of the largest battery drainers on the market (the Moto Q), a couple of cameras (still and video), and my trusty lappy.

    It\\\’s frustrating to run out of juice because I can\\\’t find a plug, but it\\\’s even MORE frustrating to stop and think about just how much I\\\’m using every day. As efficient as they try to make these things, it\\\’s impossible to ignore resource drain it is to have to keep charging them every few hours. It\\\’d be nice to know that I\\\’m cutting down on my dependency on the grid as well as the dependency of (almost non-existent) open outlets in New York.

    Also: that Logan is a sweet looking bag. Like, \\\’so cool it hurts\\\’ kind of sweet.

  91. jamievic August 22, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Being a second year university student, I am constantly looking for ways to try to save money. I wear things until the holes are so big they could fit another appendage, if there’s a sale at the grocery store I’m first in line and I have a tendency to buy child priced tickets at the movies “accidentally” (yes, you caught me). Being a student has made me pretty cheap, to say the least. Having this bag would be a perfect way to shave off those few extra dollars on the power bill each month. I am already anal about unplugging things when they’re not being used, not running hot water if it’s not needed, and only using necessary lighting (I have a feeling this will not bode well when I’m doing my papers at 4am). Even if it’s just saving a couple bucks by powering my electronics else where, it’s a few dollars in my pocket that I didn’t have before. Also, it’s a really cool way to spread eco-joy, and show my peers that being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be lame and ugly. Also, I really just need a new bag.

  92. linzeeh August 22, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Since I cannot charge anything riding my bike around town (duh!) I can finally power up with this pack!!! Now…if only solar powering myself were that ingenious…i could finally kick the coffee :)

  93. EcoCookie August 22, 2008 at 10:49 am

    I’ve recently dived into the world of all things eco and am trying to take steps to do my part. Now that I’ve taken an interest, I’d like to get my girlfriend involved as well and The noon solar bad seems like a great way to jump start her into the eco world, by showing her how cool and functional eco can be.

  94. awagy86 August 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I need the solar bag because I just moved to NYC to be a teacher and am on the go around the city and my phone and camera are always dying. I would be setting a great example for my 160 students as well!

  95. CaliPunkRockGirl August 22, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I need this bag because I have a 3 hour commute each way (by train, NEVER drive) and need a way to work on my side projects, helping non-profits with their web design.

  96. theIsovist August 22, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I would love to get this bag. I work at an architecture firm to pay my way through grad school. I’ve been pushing hard to get the firm to go Green, but it’s like hitting my head against a brick wall. I bike to work, and have run classes on getting LEED accredited, but to no avail. We’re simply too busy, and our clients are too set in their ways. I’d like to think that I can lead by example, but living green right now isn’t easy on a student’s limited budget. I do what I can though. Having a high quality solar bag like this might just turn the right heads. Fashion can be a tool for change..

  97. toniad August 22, 2008 at 10:40 am

    This bag is too hot not to have! I NEED it for so many practical reasons but mostly I need it to help boost my fashion style. Plus, showing off this bag would be easy as my office is mostly on the go and what designer wouldn’t look sweet carrying a sexy solar bag on a bike?

  98. BethHa August 22, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I need this bag because I am on a mission to bring about change in my hometown of Decatur, GA. I am starting a green initiative in my son’s school and I am part of a green initiative for the City of Decatur. The South is behind the times in embracing the sustainability movement and we need to step it up. I need this bag to make a statement and draw attention to the green initiative. Thank you for your consideration.

  99. PaTrond August 22, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Will(or is) those bags be available in the Inhabitat store or somewhere else?? Would really be interested in one soon if I not win =)

    The price makes me a bit wierd though..

  100. danthon August 22, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I NEEEED this bag since I am a conscientious photographer and I would love to have a way to charge my batteries on the go and never have a reason to buy another battery again! GO SUN!

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