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BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a HP Pavilion dv6 Laptop and Green Prize Package (Worth $1155!)

by , 08/23/11

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While no one likes to bid adieu to summer, if you’re a student gearing up to go back to school, September couldn’t come sooner! New people, new classes, new possibilities – the excitement is building. If you’re a student who is looking for a fresh green approach to the start of the new school year, you’re in luck, because Inhabitat is giving away a truly spectacular bundle of eco-friendly school supplies that includes everything you need to shine bright all semester! Worth a whopping $1155, our back to school prize package includes a HP Pavilion dv6 laptop with Windows 7, a set of notebooks from ecosystem, a creative bundle from Behance, some sweet recycled newspaper pencils from TreeSmart, folders, tabs and more courtesy of Naked Binder, and a Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack to put all of it into! If you’re itching to get ahold of these fresh green school supplies, then follow the instructions below and enter today!


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3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and tell us how you plan to green your back-to-school routine this year.The deadline for this fabulous giveaway is August 23rd. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

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About Voltaic

There’s nothing quite like renewable energy on-the-go, and Voltaic makes solar power a stylish accessory with a hot lineup of solar-powered bags to charge your mobile gadgets. We’ve been impressed with Voltaic’s products from the get go, and with their ongoing efforts to amp up the sustainability factor in their bags like boosting the power and going to 100% post-consumer recycled PET plastic based fabrics. In this giveaway we’re giving one lucky reader a brand new Converter Backpack . The Converter is a streamlined bag perfect for commuting and short trips, and with 4 Watts of power, it provides all you need to charge all your handheld electronics. A padded laptop sleeve and sizable front pocket will also provide you with what you need to keep your brand new HP Pavilion dv6 safe and cozy!

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About Behance

Behance is one of our favorite sites on the web. It’s a fantastic forum for creatives from all walks to share their works — you can’t visit without walking away with a little bit of inspiration. The company recently launched their Action Method system, a suite of products that synch up the web, your iPad, your mobile and good old-fashioned paper. Action’s paper products are beautifully designed and employ recycled paper. The winner of this awesome bundle will also receive a year’s subscription to Behance’s ProSite, where they can begin to build the portfolio and synch it up with Behance’s extensive network. Behance is also throwing in a copy of “Making Ideas Happen” authored by founder Scott Belsky.

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About ecosystem

These vibrant Moleskine-like ecosystem notebooks and journals are beautiful and simplistic, with the added bonus that they use 100% recycled paper! They’re clearly a smarter choice than notebooks that are made from new paper – in fact, ecosystem has already saved (as of 2009) 3,046 full-grown trees, 1,299,751 gallons of water and 283,974 pounds of greenhouse gases. The winner of our Back to School Green Prize Package will receive 7 of these notebooks in various colors and sizes!

Check out their Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter!

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About Naked Binder

Characterized by their “naked” natural-colored products, Naked Binder believes that long life, strength, sustainability and beauty go hand-in-hand in the fight against a disposable society. Everything they use to manufacture and ship their products is either recycled or recyclable (mostly both). Naked is giving our lucky winner one Naked Binder, one Classic Binder, one Project Binder, tabs and folders.

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About TreeSmart

Headquartered in the beautiful Pacific Northwest United States, TreeSmart’s pencils made from 100% recycled newspaper and are completely tree free. TreeSmart has developed a process that essentially “turns the paper back into wood” making the pencils just as hard and solid as wood. The barrels of these pencils are tightly rolled from torn strips of “yesterday’s news” and are as smooth and consistent as your traditional #2. The pencils also sharpen easily, but best of all remind us about the possibilities of recycling.

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About HP

HP is a household name operating globally in more than 170 countries around the world. The company ranks as one of the “Best Global Green Brands” (Interbrand) and it is committed to designing data centers around local energy with the Wynard data center and the HP Eco-POD centers. Sustainability remains at the core of HP’s business strategy, and their launch of the EcoSolutions store reflects continued strides to remove toxins from their products. Exclusively for students, HP is also offering special discounts in their HP Academy store. Check out the site for the best back to school deals!

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  1. theresajenkins theresajenkins August 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    BECAME A FAN OF INHABITAT ON FACEBOOK

  2. theresajenkins theresajenkins August 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    SIGNED UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

  3. theresajenkins theresajenkins August 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    we’er tring to use less paper this yr….no paper plate,cups,(real napkins)paper towel; dry erase board,choc board,reused paper

  4. limepink August 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I plan on biking an hour to school and an hour back instead of driving. Also going to bring my own water bottle to class.

  5. rrskrocks611 August 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    i am a budding innovationist and believe that i have the power to change the wheels of fortune for this world .i am currently 14 and looking forward for new paths of life and here when i see myself to be a role to other students of my school and telling them how these new products and accessories can bring a change to this world and being student hey should do there part to save the nature………. i feel to be responsible and want to make responsible.

  6. katiesweeps1980 August 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I plan to green my back-to-school routine this year by taking notes on my computer instead of using notebooks. I am also taking classes online, so i’m not having to drive anywhere and pollute the air. Also, i’m using a resuable cup for my water, instead of buying plastic bottles of water and throwing them away.

  7. princessknits August 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I am moving from the country to the city and taking my car off the road. I will walk, bus and pile in other peoples cars now.

  8. jefferyuhrig August 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

    i love all the products in the giveaway.how i will use them in my back to school is to school as many people about how important it is to recycle and reuse. it makes me sick to my stomach to see so many plastic bottles and plastic grocery bags laying on the side of the road or in the landfills. we need to get a mandate that requires every state to have deposit on every water and soda bottle, ( people are more likely to return them if they get paid)i hear so many people complain about gas prices but then throw away hundreds of plastic bottles and bags in one week.i try to tell them how much fuel it takes to make one bottle.please help and contact your congress person, if your not in a deposit for bottles state.use resuseable bags at the stores please

  9. JoeyFenster August 20, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I am going to be taking the free public transportation to my college this year. My college also recently started a recycling initiative and will be providing recycling cans next to all the trash cans. I have also been thinking about joining my school’s green club, which promotes all things green and even volunteers on the weekends! I can also use all the supplies this contest offers since I do not have a computer and will have to travel to the library to do school work. Please pick me!

  10. drkinglittleman August 20, 2011 at 1:57 am

    This is my last year of school and I would be sure to spend extra days out in the sun to use the solar charger backpack. Also My laptop is on its last legs. I would also offer to charge everyone’s stuff with the backpack

  11. Kate15 August 20, 2011 at 1:26 am

    As i live down under school is into it’s third term, but i still am very passionate about saving the environment. I am super interested in solar power and renewable housing design.
    My goal for the rest of this year is to ride to school aas often as i can (apart from when the magpies start attacking) and to recycle all our soft plastics through a local company. I have a pile of one side used paper that i use for maths, and i would also love to convince my school that it needs to get ecycle bins and stop wasting so much printer paper, especially since we now all have laptops through the government. All i can do is keep trying!!
    Next year i plan to study Environmental Science at year 11 and am wanting to pursue a career in sustainable design or renewable energy.

  12. meandbella August 20, 2011 at 12:25 am

    email subscriber, fb fan courtney bella i plan on buying my pup organic food and organic toys. I also plan on recycling much more.

  13. bruja August 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

    My nieces and me are trying our best to help out the environment, while getting ready for back to school. It’s hard here, since a lot of things made of recycled material are very expensive or very hard to find. But little by little we found pencils, notebooks, socks. At our homes, we divide our plastics and papers. My older niece is really pro environment and this would be the best gift I can give her ever!

  14. GANDORF57 August 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I will not be wasteful with paper and use a refillable bottle for water.

  15. Wolfwalker August 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I am really impressed with Voltic’s solar backpack, but I wonder about durability. Backpacks do get knocked around – of course if I had my laptop in it that would be different (I am very paranoid about keeping my laptop safe). I try not to have a lot of handheld devices – a lot of them I don’t really see a necessity for. Technically speaking they are very cool but are they really necessary. Anyway, I unfortunately have finally given in and do use a cell phone, and to my dismay I stress about whether its charged or not. I would love to have a solar powered backpack so that I can get back to riding my Trikke (brand name trikke) to campus – approx. 2 miles one way. Since I physically can’t ride a bicycle the Trikke I own is my alternative transportation and a solar backpack would put my mind at ease regarding whether my cell is charged or. The solar backpack also seems designed to carry laptops which would also be very helpful for me. I don’t expect to win, I just wanted to comment. And say that I am very inspired by several of the articles on green products, housing, & technology. Things like the trees that glow so lamp posts won’t be needed. And the solar leaf which is truly awesome – I would love to integrate that into my green self sustained home design. Anyway, thanks for bringing these green innovations to peoples attention – its important work. Keep up the good work :)

  16. monica wood August 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    i plan to grren my routine by rideing my bike to school insted of driveing

  17. yagil August 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I have 4 kids,2 of them are still in grade school and 2 are now in their secondary level. We used to live a simple way of life.. using natural base products..we can survive the crisis in our country through the idea of not wasting usable items we even suggest recycle materials to our children for their school projects. My family are interested to using more of eco-friendly products and they wanted to research and discover things that could contribute something of help to protect our environment.

  18. sarahijohana August 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Awesome!! I love this stuff! I would love to show off all this stuff this year in college and at my high school (I volunteer for Green Club, which I founded! :)) Hopefully it will all be mass marketed and the prices will be reduced so EVERYONE can use it!! My favorite are the pencils; Green club will most definitely purchase some for the members!

  19. mak93 August 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    In my previous comment about my summer research, I noticed that I got slightly off of the comment prompt. In addition to continuing my research on electronic waste recycling (discussed in previous comment) as my senior capstone project, I’m also greening up my routine by living on campus so that I can walk to and from class instead of driving each day. I also take Cleveland’s public transit system to get to the West Side market, where local vendors sell their meats and produce, to buy groceries for the week, which not only support local farmers but reduces the food’s carbon footprint by reducing the distance it has to travel to get to me.

  20. dagaz86 dagaz86 August 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Aside from riding my bike to and from classes, I’ve made my own lunch bag from recycled fabric, and have purchased my new wardrobe entirely from local designers and thrift stores. If I win, I plan to donate my current pack and laptop (used in great condition) to a student I know who could really use it. (I also told him to sign up here!)

  21. emilija August 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I always knew that environmental awareness is crucial for Saving the Earth , but honestly , it turn out that it’s just a sentence I run into newspapers or internet all the time . Like information you know , but you never thought about the meaning of it . It just felt like it’s someone else’s responsibility ( like the Government , the Community ). Since you asked us to write down our idea of how we plan to green our back-to-school routine this year , I realized I have no idea !
    So my first step is gonna be Thinking about how to Do something , beside ” being aware ” . Maybe giving up on plastic would be a good start .

  22. dot August 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Will fill my backpack with Farmer’s Market food especially.

  23. dot August 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Will fill my backpack with farmer’s market everything, and walk everywhere.

  24. skaray August 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I go to Boston University which already has a pretty green zeitgeist. As for me personally I’m in charge of recycling on my floor.

  25. jfigura August 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    My way of greening this school year since I’m on the other side of the country from my home will be to get as local I can. My grocery shopping will entail shopping for local produce and riding my bike wherever possible. I will be living right next to the campus so getting there will be a walk in the park, literally. I also plan on finding some organizations that help with tree-planting so that I can green up the city I’m staying in. Other than that, my everyday schedule will involve recycling, composting and taking advantage of the natural light that penetrates through my apartment.

  26. ImElle August 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I plan to green up my kid’s school year by ditching the plastic sealable bags in favor of reusable containers, buying them green water bottles, and using school supplies made from recycled things. Also-walking more instead of taking the car.

  27. brownatural August 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I follow you all on facebook and I subscribe!

    We will be using all recycled school supplies and book-sacks. We will cover our books with recycled newspaper instead of purchasing the new covers. My kid’s book-sacks will be purchased from the Goodwill store as a used sack. Also, we will not purchase any bottled water bottles, we will use our own water bottles/cantines each day.
    Thank you!

  28. shopgreenbeing August 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I love ecosystem’s planners!! They really are THE BEST!

  29. mommypants13 August 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Back to school this year is super exciting, both my daughter and I are starting school. We are greening our routine by only buying what we need and being sure that we choose sustainable and recycled products. We also are using reusable containers for our lunch containers and buying our food in bulk or with less packaging rather then choosing individual juice boxes, yogurts, granola bars ect. We are using a timer for our showers so that we don’t use too much water and we are carpooling daycare rides with our neighbor!

  30. Raveneyq August 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I’m starting my last year of school, I personally wanna use mainly recycled paper for my notes and if possible keep everything on a laptop, in this way I could save on everything else. I’m glad you made this contest!

  31. Brandina August 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    We are trying to minimize the number of products we buy that aren’t recycled. I plan to make my son’s lunches as well, and send them to school with him in no waste containers. I’ve been working on making some reusable lunch bags for sandwiches and what not. My son will also be taking a bottle for water since he will be at school early and late most days doing extra curricular activities. My son plans to ride his bike to school as well, weather allowing, which will save on the gas used by the bus and/or my car with the added plus of keeping him in shape.

  32. khmera August 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I teach bilingual Kindergarten by day and business courses at our local county college by night. This would make a great difference in my ability to carry my laptop from day to night while it continues to charge. I would be leading by example!!! My Kindergartners learn about all about the three Rs and how much better would it be if they saw me in action?!?

  33. satch1au August 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    My son(6yrs) and I are dreamers and already have designs for green powered cars, homes, aircraft and more. The back to school pack would be cool for bigger dreams of green. Just think green father and son encouraged by green school pack to help save our green planet. I know to much green but better that then no green at all, which is what my son and I would help preserve… building better transport to move people through a world where our trees still exist, air is breathable. A school pack like this is just a small step towards a big out come with my son and I helping others see green

  34. eug August 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    gonna use the laptop and not note paper, can email notes, and charge the laptop with the bag. yes

  35. purplelover04 August 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    i would use my netbook to take note and use my ipad for school books.

  36. aperkins01096 August 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Love the pencils! All great ideas to reduce our impact!

  37. jimjim421 August 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I’m 53 years old and will be going back to school soon. Besides pursuing an MBA, I will also be take courses to become LEED certified. Green is the future of my landscape architecture career which has stalled out in this challenging economic time. I could REALLY use the prizes in this contest! Thanks.

  38. kkonen August 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    What a great giveaway! I am no longer a student but am learning every day so would use my new goodies to help me lighten the load while working at one of my many art shows. It’s great to be connected while enjoying the balmy weather here in Arizona! That solar backpack wouldn’t know what to do with all of the sun we have here!

  39. nmacstay August 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    This year I will be taking all of my courses online – not commuting back and forth to college will avert 5.1 metric tons of greenhouse gasses this school year alone!

  40. tysonicole August 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    These next two semesters are entirely online – no driving to class. Woohoo! I live near a coffee shop so during study breaks I’ll bike for a quick snack and fresh air. Also, I start my thesis. Instead of printing gobs paper for surveys and test results, I plan on creating my thesis experiment and survey entirely using PowerPoint. This will make it easier to test and gather my results, make it more enjoyable for my test subjects, and have no impact on the environment. I’m pretty excited. That voltaic backpack would come in handy as I’m traveling by bike. I could charge my laptop en route. Keep up the awesome job, Inhabitat!

  41. heatherspeaks493 heatherspeaks493 August 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    we’re buying eco-friendly and recycled goods for the supplies and clothes…my daughter will also be “brown bagging” it for lunch instead using the traditional lunch carriers.

  42. steffworthington August 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    At the age of 43 I’m going to University for the first time and need all the help I can get!

  43. ducki979 August 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

    My kids have begun to green their routine already. We are using reusable water bottles and thermoses that they can take with them for snack and lunch. Both have shown excitement in reusing backpacks from last year as they are in great shape. Computer paper that is printed on one side now doubles as coloring paper for the kids (and this is a HUGE change for my son as he has autism and every new piece of artwork HAD to start on a clean unwrinkled, uncreased sheet of paper. He is SOO proud that he even shows the neighbors that he can used an “old” paper and “just use the back” :D
    Both children will take the bus to save on gas.. I have driven them in the past and still could, but THIS is much better as far as carpooling.
    We have set up programs at the elementary school to recycle and I am in the process of working with the public preschool to start a recycling program there too.
    We have rebuilt our old computer instead of buying a new one and plan on getting a used laptop that has been updated too.

    This would be a WONDERFUL surprise to the kids as they aren’t expecting anything NEW to speak of for this year.
    Thank you for keeping it green and offering AMAZING products.

    Have an awesome remainder of your summer!

  44. justlivinlife August 18, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I am currently a college student enrolled in an RN program. I have always practiced “reduce, reuse, recycle” as a way of life. Recently I became homeless and am now living in a shelter after the home I rented went into foreclosure. I find that the practice of living a greener life continues more so now. My daughter and I waste nothing and reuse everything, including last years school supplies. This package would be helpful to us both!

  45. Jadybug August 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I plan to take the bus to and from school to save fuel and also recyle old tests and quizzes also homework.

  46. rltoner August 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    In the process of getting my degree in Wind Technology and convincing the powers that be that our campus is in dire need of a recycling program and also a communal garden. This prize will keeep the dream alive! Goo Green Team!

  47. mannabsn August 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Buying more recycled materials and cutting down on packaging and waste!

  48. iamajor August 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I do a lot of sketching and traveling, this package would be a GREAT way for me to stay creative no matter where I am while not harming the environment!

  49. alyssa f August 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    green my back to school year plan:

    I have always been really into bettering my children and the earth that so many people walk and breath on each and everyday! My family and i are recycle bin fanatics! Anything that we know can be recycled we dont hesitate to recycle, because in a long run we know (and i have thought my kids this time and time again) that it will in someone help our earth and ecosystem! During this school year the paper that is so often used ends up in many trash cans rather then recycle bins everyday! My kids and my self have taken a recycle pledge to help our schools, we will take the time to go through the trash cans and recycle the paper and plastic and glass that should not be trashed, but should be recycled! Also i plan on buying eco friendly pens and pencils for my children. Also my family and i have also talked to the schools principles and educational leaders into investing in newer technology to help conserve the paper and paper use! Personally, i feel it is such a waste when students are using paper after paper, when there is new technology that can do the exact same thing without using too much paper! The educational leaders of the school have considered my plea and have been working to raise money for ipads, and nooks. The ipads can be used for writing quick notes and sentences while the nooks will help by letting the kids be able to read without the constant worry of paper pages being ripped out. I am so happy i ave taken part in being green in my community it has helped me learn about how much we need to take better care of our earth. I am just 1 in a million other people who want to try, and i think more people should come join and help our eco system! School is just around the corner and i am making sure my kids know about recycling and what it takes to be eco friendly. I hope that they will pass this onto their friends! Who knows maybe in a few years we will have better air, and more recycled things to find (:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! (its an amazing one!)
    email: pandaxaly@yahoo(dot)com

    i subscribed via email and i liked on facebook! (Alyssa Fo—–)

  50. a2thec August 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Hey, I’m homeless and need help getting my stuff together for school, I’m using a computer at the library and I’m going to college this fall and finally live in a place. I would appreciate any of these things listed here as it would be a great help to me as I don’t work and can’t buy essential school supplies, financial aid only paid for most of tuition and now I have loans I can’t pay (yet). Work-study here I come! Please pick me!

  51. AllieHubert August 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I studied permaculture this summer in a community in Hawaii. As a landscape architecture student, I have been working on an essay about how to make the practices of permaculture accessible to mainstream society. I’ve been using myself, and my routine as an example to influence my peers to start taking baby steps. At my rental house, I’m growing herbs, collecting rainwater (to water my plants!), composting food scraps, reusing ziplocks, and giving away clothes to goodwill, on top of last years’ routines (using green bags, unplugging, riding my bike, using less water).

  52. sgerard August 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Taking the bus to school and packing homemade lunches in reusable containers will be my 1st step to a greener school year!

  53. MelodyM August 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Teaching environmental awareness is a responsibility we have always taken seriously, because we believe we are raising the generation who will save the earth. We incorporate these lessons into our routine so it becomes a habit and way of life.

    Going back to school is no exception. Before we buy anything, we monitor eBay for electronics (we got a great deal on his expensive graph calculator)& used book sites for textbooks.

    Every Summer we make a project out of finding the latest, truly environmentally-friendly products. Then I allow my son to choose from the ‘finalists’ so he can still go with the coolest items. This makes it a fun, positive experience for him without compromising our mission or budget.

    Combined with standard environmental practices like earth-friendly lunches and walking to school, his green education has become routine. It should be, we started in kindergarten.

    I am a subscriber to your newsletter and have followed you on Facebook for quite some time. Thank you for this opportunity, and for the interesting environmental information you provide.

    REMINDER: Not every child will have school supplies or even a coat to wear back to school – please donate!

  54. jenyvive August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    As an eco conscious mom of three, I am always looking for new ways to lessen our impact on the earth and help my children understand why it’s so important. We recycle anything and everything we can from last year’s supplies…such as pencil boxes (scrubbed and with a makeover of new stickers), back packs (washed and patches added), lunch boxes, pens, pencils and clothes.
    I try to buy eco friendly materials as often as possible but even when we can’t, we always remember to reuse as much as possible. A new school year shouldn’t mean loading up on supplies that are brand new and I’ve helped my children understand and appreciate this.
    I have made their back packs and snack bags myself from hemp and hemp/ PET blend materials and let my kids pick out their favorite color dyes from Dharma Trading.
    Thanks for a chance to win this awesome back to school package!

  55. Terri Crum August 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    We plan on reusing our printer paper on our computer! The kids use the paper for all kinds of things….so it really doesn’t matter whats on the back!! It’s a great way to save on paper!

  56. gracecunning August 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    While not currently a student, I have a perfectly usable collection of school supplies wasting space in my basement. I will be donating supplies in good condition, as well as gently-used books, to new teachers setting up classrooms for the first time.

  57. _TMFC_ August 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I’m going to plant seeds and share ideas.

  58. CatLover26 August 17, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I am always looking for new ways to green my life. Along with recycling, I raise much of my own food organically, and preserve it in reusable containers (canned or frozen). Unfortunately, I live in an area that makes biking impractical most of the time, and public transport is almost non-existent. But I do drive a fuel-efficient car, as little as possible.

    As a poorly-paid part-time instructor, I understand that it pays to be green! The best part is the benefit to the environment, but more people need to understand the economic benefits of living green as well. That’s what will get many people interested in being green.

  59. unsilviu August 17, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Going to take the bus to school, also going to avoid the usual school foods, will only eat home-made (and 100% natural) school lunch. I might even stop my longtime obsession with keeping the lights on in class at all times :P

  60. KLEMommy August 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

    As a Mom of four young children ages 12, 11, 7, & 6, all whom are extremely conscientious about our environment, we do our best to be green on a daily basis, whether in a big or small way. It is a way of life for us. My eleven year old son had been asking me for a solar backpack, which, until seeing it on this site, I never knew actually existed. I love that children growing up now are growing up “green minded”. Used water bottles are stuffed into plush toys and given to our dog to play with, old towels are shred and used as cleaning rags, used toys are donated to those in need, etc.
    When purchasing their long lists of school supplies, I plan on purchasing as many eco-friendly items as possible to continue and push forward with our efforts and contribution to keep our world BEAUTIFUL and I’ve seen some great choices right here!

  61. mnredbird August 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    My son and I have been having a time trying to find cool green supplies for him and he says using my laptop is dumb.

  62. sunt97 August 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I always recycle my boys supplies from the year before. We got through and sort crayons, pencils, markers and paper, so that we aren’t throwing away perfectly good materials. Then there is the bonus that they go to a STEM school so they use computers and do not use a lot of paper. There school also recycles cell phones, plastic, paper, and aluminum. They encourage student to even bring items from home to recycle at the school.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate,
    Tiffany

  63. cw August 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    My plan is to make my daughter’s lunches green…..no more ziplocks! Instead I will use my stainless steel bento box lunchbox and reuseit sandwhich wraps. To green up her supplies, I plan on buying higher quality supplies that will last longer and that are eco friendly (if possible)

  64. dawns41 August 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Our back to school green will include recycling cans, plastic and paper. As well as walking as much as possible. A solar powered charger for ipod, cell phone, etc and an organic messenger bag.
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  65. ehershey August 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I’ll green my routine by riding my bike more!

  66. mhartter August 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Nothing is s(crap). It’s forgotten (peace)s, which I endeavor to remember to use. Because love is an undoubtable logic I wish to demonstrate, I will use these items to inspire those who have only dreams and very little means. My kids (first generation Somalis and recent refugees) that I tutor struggle to achieve against all odds. What I have now in technology has been good for 5 years, and it will be good for 5 more. This prize will be a gift to some of them that win a proposed essay competition about the three R’s. I will green the school year by helping to teach critical practice about conscientious consumption.

  67. scemd August 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    These new products are amazing. New renewable technologies are great but unless people start using them on a regular basis and recycle or re-purpose their older products instead of just throwing them in the dump then there really is no point in all the energy that has been put into the invention of these new technologies. It is great to make a commitment to the future and rethink how we use products but unless we make a conscience decision to change the way we consume products and dispose of them it will all be in vein.

  68. hope200 August 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I would love it if you would Green my Back-to-School art classes! I have about 200 students a quarter and teach them about recycling in art. We use recycled boxes for sculptures. We save our colored paper scraps and use it for collages. We recycle notebooks that we get from our local recylying center. These are just a few of our recycling art projects. But, they would be intrigued with the new paper pencils. Believe me, we go through so many boxes of pencils that they would be thrilled to know about these!

  69. Risingsouth August 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I will be reusings supplies I have left over from last year and I found a enviromental safe laundary detergent to try.

  70. BugoChem August 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    This looks like a pretty cool site with interesting products. I’ll check them out! Let us know as new stuff like this becomes available!

    Also, please enter me into the contest for the “green” back to school package! :) Thanks!

    BugoChem@gmail.com

  71. xiorevz August 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I would love to complement my studies this semester in sustainable design using all eco-friendly and energy efficient products. I am already doing the best I can using my ability in design to do my part to help create better and healthier spaces. I’ll be using all these resources to help me on my commitment to green

  72. cihylu August 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I go to a public boarding school so I take that opportunity to bring green cleaning supplies, fluorescent lightbulbs, and comfortable shoes. Because, afterall, I walk to school everyday! Even when I go back to school, I plant to carpool with neighbors to reduce emissions. This year, I’m taking it a step further by teaming with a couple of friends to start a scholarship fund for students at my school. The scholarship would send students on learning trips to different programs that show the destruction that is happening on our planet and the work that is being done to fight back. Hopefully, students will be inspired by the sight of the problems our world faces through the hands on experience unmatched by lectures, words, or pictures. Through such an intense tour, they will realize just how much we all can impact the world through even small things; in a good way and bad way. In this way, the goal is to change not just my routine, but the lives of many students at my school to choose life style choices for a greener planet.

  73. piepie August 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Packing lunch in reusable containers instead of disposable, composting leftovers and reusing supplies from last year instead of just buying new ones…

  74. zeroic August 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    We do not have half this stuff for sale in Finland, so this kit would make a perfect and lasting impression to my classmates at the university. I’m an incurable notebook aesthetic-addict, I just love cool notebooks, journals, pocket calendars etc. and brightly coloured ecosystem journal would add nice touch of fresh colour to our rather gray class.

    And I’m not saying the HP laptop wouldn’t be nice, since I’m (ecologically) using a 6 year old laptop for my school work which requires usage of such heavy software as Photoshop and desktop publishing software. So a little extra kick under the hood would make life so much easier.

    Cheers to Inhabitat. Keep up the great work and we’ll save the world together!

  75. Anathematic August 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    As a woodworker and computer science major at the University of Iowa I try to do my part to conserve paper and waste. The thing is that there are really no good ways to convince others that recycling is important, so I’m really glad that these companies have started making recycled products look good. I have worked in recycling and it is very important to me to try to take the initiative to put the paper and plastic in the bin and take the cans back. We have to show the people that only they can either contribute or prevent overflowing garbage dumps.

  76. slumlord SlumLord August 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I am attending a school that is five miles from my home instead of one that was twice as far away. This will cut down my commute time from 20 to 30 minutes to 10 to 15 minutes. The amount of CO2 I’ll be expelling into the atmosphere will be significantly reduced.

  77. UnCole August 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Back to school schwag would be most helpful for my on-the-go life!

  78. trueislander August 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I wish they had Naked Binders when I was in high school. I can’t remember how many 3 ring binders I went through

  79. kirstenlf August 15, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Bento Box it! I have an idea for unique Bento boxes. In the meantime, whilst working out the design details, I am already using cool recycled bento boxes for all lunches.

  80. lorlyej August 15, 2011 at 3:29 am

    well senior year of high school is coming up soon, and i’m sure that i will be required to do a lot of college application paperwork and more, but to become green on my daily activities I will use recycled paper and pencils for my supplies, all my supplies will be 100 % tree free, and i will find more efficient uses of getting to school, instead of my father dropping me i will take the bus to and from school and i will walk short distance, and also cut down on the hair products that I use. Since becoming natural I’ve been using less hair sprays and heat and my hair which contribute to air pollution. I am now able to use more natural and green products which are better for my hair and the environment

  81. Mr. Jon August 15, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I love the green products! It’ll go well with the green chemistry I’m studying at UCB and my green school supplies :]

  82. kds5084 August 15, 2011 at 2:32 am

    dude this is awesome. solar cell tech is literally the most fascinating and intriguing under used thing out there. I’d love to rep it on campus

  83. thdupli2 August 15, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I plan on walking my boys to and from school when weather permits. This will also give us an opportunity to observe and appreciate the world we live in, with the added bonus of daily exercise.

  84. alysiat August 15, 2011 at 1:49 am

    All of my notebooks are not made of paper, but stone and recycled products. I take the bus to school now, which is a 6 mile ride back and forth. I also started a pro-recycle program on my campus, adding recycling bins next to every trash can on campus! BEING GREEN WILL SAVE US ALL!! :) GO GREEN!!!!

  85. 4orangecrush August 15, 2011 at 1:39 am

    In our home, we continue to reuse items from the past year, but when purchasing new items are always looking for recycled goods. We are also working to educate friends and family to do the same.

  86. cyberg August 15, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I’m home schooling my child and we’ll be using recycled paper,biodegradeable projects and out local field trips around will consist of trash debris clean up from the neighborhood.

  87. mak93 August 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I’m an undergraduate Material Science and Engineering student at Case Western Reserve University and in addition to the normal ‘green’ behaviors such as carpooling, recycling cans, avoiding disposable plastic bottles, and minimizing paper use, I spent this summer developing a new process that would enable developing countries, particularly Ghana, India, and China, to be able to better deal with electronic waste. These areas have been the final resting place for many of the electronics used in the US and EU in recent decades due to hazardous material regulations which make domestic recycling of electronics extremely costly. Disturbingly often, once the electronics arrive in these developing countries the only material that is salvaged is copper wiring which is removed from the ashes of e-waste bonfires that burn off the insulation so that the copper can be sold. This open-burning practice leads to persistant organic pollutants (POPS) and toxic metals such as lead, chromium, and mercury being both released into the air and into the area’s drinking water. In order to help prevent these health hazards and provide poor, rural families an economic opportunity, I developed a process that allows for the extraction and refinement of metals from the e-waste (such as copper, aluminum, silver, gold, platinum, etc) without the use of open burning by providing the energy to fuel the pyrometallurgical process from a solar concentrator (using a parabolic main reflector and a smaller, spherical subreflector) and designing a refinement process to reduce or eliminate nearly all of the gaseous byproducts and produce significantly more inert solid byproducts. This process is not only safer, but also allows for the recycling of more of the metals present in the e-waste (not just copper) which is not only environmentally advantageous, but also can provide an economic boom to these developing areas.

    The poster I presented on this research at the First World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering in July of this year is available at:
    http://goo.gl/VRw74

  88. joshsrai August 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    recycled paper & writing utensils!
    fill up the page front/back

  89. jaimerto August 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I’m going to have a green jar (instead of a swear jar). For every polluting thing I do, I’ll drop a seed in the jar. At the end of the year me and anyone who cares to help will plant all the seeds to offset any ill towards the earth I’ve done hundreds of times over.

  90. Mrs. Missy August 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    We homeschool and we are already a “green” household, so our back-to-school is always pretty green — but this year, we’re committing to even more “scavengineering” and recycled art.

    We’re also going to make glue and stencils and whatever other DIY supply options we can think of!

  91. justcuzz August 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    When my copy does not come out well I like to put the sheet of paper back in the printer and try it again on the other side.I haven’t had to buy new paper in a year!
    My computer was a refurbished model, which saved me a ton of money and it worked just as good as new.
    I buy my clothing mostly at thrift stores and no one is any the wiser. I guess I’m just a Recycle kind of gal because it’s always worked out well for me. :)

  92. CC2009 August 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I plan on limiting how much paper/ink I waste by conserving the amount of documents I need to print and not needlessly copying things. I also want to recycle the unused paper I do use :)

  93. debby14 August 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I will use recycled paper and other products, use Greenprint to reduce paper waste and use energy efficient products.

  94. debby14 August 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I will continue to use recycled paper and other supplies, use Greenprint on my printer to reduce unnecessary printing and use energy efficient products.

  95. arpola arpola August 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Hi! This Academic Year I started my Green back-to-school routine by reusing my old notebook sheets. I compiled and decorated it to make my costumized notebook. https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=2466f0d60fdfc44e&page=play&resid=2466F0D60FDFC44E!215 I also reuse some of my unused hand-outs as scratch papers for my math subject and drawing subjects. Through these small things I can use my creativty and also I can contribute in saving our environment

  96. DTPConcannon August 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I make a green living by recycling everything that can be recycled, buying things that are recycled such as school supplies and also riding my bike whenever I can instead of driving.

  97. TheatreGrace August 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    This year I will be starting the final progression to my theatre degree. In the theatre I am known as the recycle brat; I tend to just keep a bag at the top of the house and then take everyone’s cans and bottles to the bins literally sixty feet down the hall so that nothing winds up in the trash. At least from our group.

    I carpool with four others as the buses really aren’t the best when you are at school until 10pm but when running errands I use the public system.

    At home we have a system to recycle everything as well as having finally set up a compost system for kitchen scraps this summer.

    I take notes with an audio recorder and transcribe them on a computer. I take as many online classes as is possible and would love to be able to use the laptop for script notes and rid myself of the need for eight binders full of paper.

  98. B_RAN_DON August 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I plan on continuing my path of freeganism. It is amazing what you can find in a dumpster: paper, lumber, office supplies, bikes, sports gear, etc. The list really is only limited to the imagination because this culture we live in is so wasteful when it comes to perfectly, or nearly perfect, items due to convenience. My commute to school is a mile and a half ride to the bus stop and then a 30 minute ride down to the city. I study drawing and 3d animation and love to base my work on human rights and environmental issues to make my peers and teachers alike aware of the state of the world and the potentials we can achieve. Currently I charge my mobile devices with wind power but I would love to be able to charge them with a solar paneled backpack!

  99. bullonie August 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I plan on replacing my entire back to school “collection” with recycled and eco-friendly products and donating my old supplies to my school. This year I will also be traveling to school via public transportation to cut down on pollution and save money to buy LED lightbulbs! I have already completely banished packaged water from my life, so instead of buying a water everyday at school I will be bringing my own water bottle that is made of recycled content and is healthier for my body by being BPA-free.

  100. katieagazzi August 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Hi, my name is Katie. I went to Guatemala this summer for two weeks and worked in the city dump. To see how important recycling is to the people there was amazing. There are so many things that people don’t think even once about if they could recycle it or not before they throw it away. It was very inspiring to me, an about to be senior in highschool, to see so many people care so much about recycling. This upcoming year I am taking AP Environmental Science, which will give me a chance to talk about and do projects to show my care for recycling. My parents are really strict about recycling but I never really thought it was that important until this summer. I believe I should win because it will give me a chance to be a 100% recycle lover!

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