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

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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!


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

Just visit our page and click on the “Like” button at the top.

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. hamjenny August 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Teaching this kids the importants of recycling, turning the lights out when they leave a room and that you don’t have to go everywhere in the car…

  2. tahearn August 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I use recycled paper and always recycle my empty ink cartridges.

    tahearn at roadrunner dot com

  3. scarlette10 August 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Buying recycled school supplies when available

  4. kumailr August 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    As I’ll be studying my first year of Architecture at the Uni. of Brighton, this kind of environmentally aware thinking will probably be useful. I’ll only be using public transport or walking around town. Using school resources whenever I can instead of buying my own (e.g. computers, scanners, printers, paper etc.). As it’s Brighton, there’s a ton of farmer’s markets around town so I’ll probably be buying food from there when I’m not drowning in pots of Ramen. Will hopefully try and start a vegetable garden with the housemates and see how that goes.

  5. tinytina429 August 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I plan to wear that solar backpack everywhere I go soaking up the rays. I always walk to school which is about 20mins away. I try to only use one notebook per semester to save some paper and write lots of notes in my notepad on my iphone instead of in my notebook. I’m studying graphic design and for class we have to print a lot of stuff so I look to save on materials wherever I can, always using both sides of the paper. I love growing my own veggies in my garden, using recyclable bags everywhere and I am so inspired by Inhabitat ever since I saw Jill speak at NeoCon East in 2007!!!

  6. anny31 August 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    i already buy all my sons clothing and backpacks from the second hand stores.. truly recycled. when hes done wearing the clothing shoes and bags we send them right back to the thrift store for someone else to enjoy. you can also buy school supplies there that someone has donated. recycle and giving back to the community. hes also planning to walk to school this year instead of taking the daycare bus.

  7. unclebonald August 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I’m not in school at the moment but am always learning. The prizes you offer would help me in greening my pursuit of knowledge in various ways. My current laptop is several years old, while the dv6 would surely use less energy. I live in NYC and use public transportation to travel to all cultural and educational events. I bring my lunch to work in reusable containers and use a Sigg water bottle.

  8. ARDY22 August 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I subscribed and liked you fb. I plan to do my cycling this year than in the past

  9. sweepsdan August 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I plan to green my back-to-school routine by buying as much mostly recycled products as possible. Pencils made from recycled tires, folders made from recycled paper — you name it! In addition, I plan to take long walks across campus instead of driving my car. It might take a little longer, but it will be better for the environment in the long run. Also, thanks to my new apartment, I’ll be able to recycle all my commonly recycled products instead of throwing them in the trash, and I’ll be able to contribute to my new community’s community garden!

  10. itsdannytaylor August 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I’vr managed to find a house for the new year that’s virtually next door to my University – even so, I’ll probably still often be late and/or drive in… To offset that carbon and gain some kudos; I study sustainable product design!

  11. bethbmw2 August 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I am entering this contest in hope of giving the items to my son for school. Our greatest school related “green” event as of yet has been a shopping trip for used clothing instead of buying new, this has not only helped the environment but it has helped our wallet as well.

  12. stillquirky August 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I’ll be printing my syllabi and lots of assignments on the clean side of scratch paper- it’s so satisfying to throw paper in the recycling afterward knowing both sides got used. I’ll also be biking to school, picking up bottles and cans people seem to think belong on the roadside. Foolish of them, lucrative for me!

  13. JoeyfromSC August 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I will be going green this back to school season by buying my Godson eco-friendly school supplies and backpack.

    We also use our stainless steel water bottles and recycle other plastics, glass, etc.

    Energy efficient lightbulbs are the only type in our house(is there any other?lol)

    Thank you for the chance to win!!


  14. PJones1950 August 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I plan to use only recycled supplies (paper,pencils etc). We buy a lot of things from thrift stores so that they are recycled rather than buy new. At school I make sure recyclable products/waste go into the correct bins. If I won that fantastic laptop and backpack I could do a lot more.

  15. turboterp August 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    This is a confession.
    I’ve wasted a lot of paper in the name of education.
    I can’t even think about the amount of paper I’ve used in a semester. I fill up notebook after notebook, and never look at any of them again when the class is over.
    And I’ll admit this too: I have a short attention span.
    This means only one thing: doodles. LOTS of doodles. More wasted paper!
    It’s disgusting.
    I‘m ashamed.
    But this is the year I’m putting a stop to this once and for all! I am officially greening up my back-to-school routine with a netbook and a memory stick, both of them reusable for years to come. I’m so excited about this, I’m almost ready for summer to be over.
    The trees of America can rest a little easier this semester and so can I!

  16. willitara August 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Signed up for newsletter and following on Facebook.
    We use freecycle whenever possible. I have seen offers for printers, monitors as well as computers. We have donated desks and printers of our own. When items become totally unusable we find places that will recycle them, Best Buy for electronics for example.

  17. sweetpea1922 August 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Oh yah i pulled my bike out of the garabe the other day filled my cart and headed to the beach simple effcient transportaion that saves money and the ozone layer O and my bum got a good work out to it was nice to put on a pair of jeans and not feel like there wearing me but just the opposite Lol funny but true walking and bycicle you rock <3

  18. sweetpea1922 August 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    My family eats more produce checkers always look at me like im crazy but the proceedes go to companies and farmers who support healthier eating. i make sure to bring along my reusable bags for my grociers instead of wasting plastic and paper i got about 20 from a local second hand store for 4.00 completely worth it considering how many bags we have cept out of land fills and oceans. recently my parents have started a compost its so green and you feel better knowing you preserving our world one small step at a time its the little things that add up to big things with out you noticeing until your water supply so contaminatied you can’t drink out of the focet or that the pacic ocean life is depleating for no know cause right we know its us just many people are to selfish to make sacrafices for others i’ll i have to say is be aware of your surroundings and protect the things you love recycle, compost, use your own bags at the grociery store ( save you 40 cents on each purchase) don’t use plastic bottles for drinking water get a filter or a more eco- friendly thermis hemp products are amazing, green, inexspensive and totally worth three or four dollars more <3

  19. fotinos August 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I will do what I have to do, nothing more and nothing less. If everyone did that earth would be a lot “greener”. Nothing more than we have to do.

  20. sabrinasmelko August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I’m carpooling with two friends!

  21. delgadokatie11 August 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    im wanting to start cosmo school, but my laptop is giving out, and i dont have the funds to get a new one, little less all the other stuff, so this would help me out so much!!1

  22. scarr August 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    go green save the plant .

  23. johnbittner August 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I will be donating all of my daughters last year school supplies to the local church. All her stuff is in great condition and someone could really use it that can’t afford it. I am a single dad and would love this for her. Donating it was her idea so it doesn’t end up in a landfill.

  24. happishopr August 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I’m picking up all green school supplies and the like this year.

  25. Garison August 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    After being out of school for 5 years, I finally found an interest worth pursuing. I am in my second year of school for my engineering degree with a focus in environmental studies. My new found passion in this field has really turned me and my family around on reducing our waste and more importantly on what type of products we purchase.
    For the past 8 months we have been part of an Organic CSA, and in every chance possible we buy and support local businesses.
    The items in this giveaway are essentials for anyone going back to school, and I could definitely benefit greatly by these products! Thanks for giving us the opportunity and motivation to contribute and give back!

  26. castello.natasha August 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    i always use hand-me-downs from my little brother my son who have his clothes toye..etc. im a single mother no job and im starting college this fall.

  27. murano902 August 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Reusing everything we can this year!

  28. kcvsamson August 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Carpooling WHOO WHOOOO

  29. Bonnigene August 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I use a lot of recycled odds and ends to make crafts and cards. I also cut as many of my cartrips down as possible by going to pick up the kids in one ride and reading my e-book instead of buying paper ones while I wait.

  30. DannyT22 August 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    My back-to-school routine is much greener this year. I’m reducing my impact on the environment by joining a csa (community supported agriculture) and growing my own garden using soil I’ve created through composting the pulp from juicing vegetables and fruits. I’m supporting local grown food by visiting the local farmer’s market weekly to purchase all my produce and recently I bought a basket for my bike to transport my purchases. It feels wonderful knowing where my food is coming from and who’s raising it. It’s also an amazing feeling connecting with the earth and getting my hands dirty. All this healthy eating and green habits leads to a more productive, progressive lifestyle. I can’t wait for school to begin!

  31. michelles August 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Use a re-usable lunch bag instead of throwing away paper bags everyday. Use re-usable containers instead of plastic bags if applicable (even though it doesn’t cut down on water consumption needed to wash the containers, it saves the plastic bags from piling up in landfills).

  32. michelles August 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I subscribe to your newsletter (count this entry instead of my first comment about subscribing bc I just logged in).

  33. rawr3410 August 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    i am purchasing second hand clothes and recycling all my childrens out grown ones. as well as reusing alot of supplies from last year.

  34. gloquin1 August 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I plan on walking to and from the university approx 5 miles

  35. catrinkaleigh August 22, 2011 at 11:44 am

    for my granddaughter

  36. pkbw28 August 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

    We are reusing backpacks and supplies from the last few years and are only buying paper and folders made of recycled material.

  37. benjo2000 August 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

    cool stuf!!!!!!!!!

  38. HSingMama August 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

    We are able to do a lot of our school work on the computer. That saves a lot of paper. With three kids, we could use a laptop. :o)

  39. Ericka082 August 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

    How I plan to green my back-to-school routine this year: I plan on using a lot of my kids school supplies from last year and if they need new then it will have the recycled sign on it. Thank you so much for the chance. I signed up for your newsletter and also like you on Facebook (Ericka K)
    ericka082 AT gmail DOT com

  40. tdean30 August 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

    One of the huge ways we are green is we won’t buy new clothes. We go to yard sales and thrift stores and get clothes that are so much better than buying store bought. I heard a mom discussing in a grocery line the other day and she had just spent $400 on her kids back to school clothes and I was just shocked. We recycled most of my daughter’s unused school supplies from last year. I have the most wonderful daughter and I would love it if I could win this for her.

  41. blue65829 August 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I plan to green my back to school routine by turning off my pc instead of leaving it on all the time, and watching all of the electricity usage in my house. Additionally, I’m going to switch to a reusable travel mug, I’ve been using one-time cups for my coffee for years and it’s time to change my bad ways!

  42. August 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Starting school with a new attitude about recycling, re using and reminding others about how important it is to save our planet!

  43. tgerine August 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I collected school supplies all summer, used and new, to donate to our school. We also recycled boxes and cans to make pencil holders and organizers for all the teachers.

  44. sjt42075 August 22, 2011 at 8:49 am

    we are reusing our leftover supplies from last year, shopping at resale stores for school clothes and are switching to reusable lunch baggies.

  45. mbrennan37c August 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

    When giving kids paper to doodle on don’t use new paper, reuse the blank side of already printed items that are set for discarding – just be careful of personally identifiable information.

    Also, reuse lunch containers and combine car trips as much as possible

  46. cpsnsamples August 22, 2011 at 8:30 am

    we are reusing backpacks,any binders that are in good shape are being reused also…

  47. anthony94 August 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I have been in my school for the last one year and looking back now, there are a lot of things I could have done to ‘Green’ my year.

    At the end of last year I ended up with boxes of papers due to the nature of the subjects I do. This became a major problem for me because i am not very organised. This year with a laptop, I would be saving the school costs of having to buy paper. I would also try and recycle used paper instead of throwing it away.

    I am a boarder which means I do not need transport to and from school. However when I leave school on some weekends I end up taking taxis. Next year, I would endeavour to take public buses when I leave and return back to school. This may seem insignificant but I am still playing a small part in cutting down carbon emmisions.

    I realise now that the little things also make a difference. Thing such as switching off lights, unplugging my phone, turning off the radio, turning off my lamp, using less hotwater and unplugging kitchen appliances would have gone a long way to bieng more green last year. I could also have used recyclable stationery so that I did not end up throwing away empty pens or broken pencils. These are things I will try and do next year to be more green.

    Finally, I would talk to my friends about bieng more green. Leaving lights, appliances and other electronics in the boarding houses on has become a real issue which our house masters have addressed over and over again. Hearing it from me, a peer, would mean they would probably be more likely to do these things.

    This is how I intend to green my back to school routine.

    :) :)

  48. goldilocssweeps August 22, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I plan to green my back to school by using the computer more, recycling, and not wasting so much paper.

  49. goldilocssweeps August 22, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I’m a fan of Inhabitat on facebook. un: Codi P goldilocssweeps (at) gmail (dot) com

  50. goldilocssweeps August 22, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I subscribe to your blog via email. goldilocssweeps (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. hurlbrrw August 22, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I’m an engineering student focusing on sustainable engineering. With all of the software necessary for computer aided design classes and a minor in computer science, my current computer has stopped doing the job. A new laptop, along with all these extra sustainable supplies, will help me succeed in class and move me forward to my dream of working with advancing EV technology.

  52. Taminar August 22, 2011 at 2:11 am

    My back-to-school greening includes buying recycled paper, biodegradable pens, wooden pencils (not plastic mechanicals), and using ebooks as much as possible. I follow on Facebook as Allison Cook.

  53. pandorasaurus August 22, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I use as little paper as possible and ride my bike. I could really use these items, school costs are killing me.

  54. qing August 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

    can i take part i am a asian will people living in countries like singapore or malaysia i be eligible to take part?

  55. wizzy August 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

    How I plan on making things greener this school year is by riding my bike to school or walking. Another thing that will make this year greener is using less energy. Because even if I won this awesome back to school giveaway I would still use the necessary steps to use less energy as possibly with my new laptop. Also I would really love to win this giveaway it would help so much with school and work and I love that all the school supplies are earth-friendly! :)

  56. pauline15 August 22, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Instead of taking my kids to school this year, they are going to take the bus and I’m taking the traing to the University!

  57. Ohmancool August 22, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Let’s see, going green for this semester would probably mean I can’t just choose to do a single act for the purpose of being green, but rather I should change my current lifestyle. I currently recycle plastics and old electronics. I have also reduced my electrical consumption over the past year by having a personal no lights policy during the day when the sun is out and rather open the blinds to let the sun in and also reduce the amount of time I’ve used electronic devices during the day to only when it is essential and to a minimal amount of leisure time. I will also reduce my range of travel in order to conserve fuel and to reduce my carbon footprint. Ultimately I will reduce my consumption of goods to the essentials if possible. I will also encourage everyone else around me to do the same because the more people we have reducing their carbon footprint by changing their lifestyles the better it is for our environment. Lastly, I man up and take cold showers in the morning instead of hot.

  58. sshoe1971 August 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

    im praying im not too old to go back to school

  59. Joe K August 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I plan to green my back-to-school routine this year by making lists, so that nothing is missed requiring more driving.

  60. delta14 August 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Starting graduate work in solar research. This would be a great way to start off the semester.

  61. jgilbert August 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Plan on biking to school everyday instead of driving, I’ll be reusing all I can and encouraging all I know to do the same as I am, my senior project is about building a concrete canoe that the NCCC and one of the main goals/key factors is to use eco-friendly materials and methods.

  62. Alyn83 August 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I am looking to start college again soon and could use the supplies to save money as I am low income and I can’t afford much. To help save some money and to be green; we are growing our own vegetables and using natural cleaning products.

  63. imnotarunner August 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    imnotarunner at gmail dot com

    Just visit our page and click on the “Like” button at the top.

    3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and tell us how you plan to green your back-to-school routine this year.
    I plan on doing carpool this year for the first time and trade in my SUV for a Prius towards the end of the year when prices are going down.

  64. MasterW August 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Going to school and my internship by bike, 50 minutes!

  65. bubba alaska August 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    walking to school,and trying not to make mistakes on papers so as not to use to much papaer

  66. uluv2kissme2 August 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    our entire household willl be using reuseable lunch container rather than the paper bags we used in the past.

  67. tyedie August 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I would use this prize to really succeed in college and I would have the supplies to do it if I won this price

  68. 69Badmoon August 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve recycled supplies from previous school years, I’ve even watched & bought “recycled” supplies from used stores to save money!

  69. Archisan August 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I’m challenging myself to either walk bike or carpool every day to class for the entire year.

  70. Jill Myrick August 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    We will be using cloth lunch bags, recycled backpacks, stainless steel water bottles and buying paper, pencils and notebooks made of recyclable materials.

    I am a newsletter subscriber as jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com.

    I am a fan via Facebook as Jill Myrick.


  71. GulliverJ August 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Over this summer I’ve been building up my cycling endurance for the 14 mile daily ride to and from my future college. It’s all along the canals in North West England; a beautiful ride, hopefully the weather will permit it most days. Besides that there are lots of smaller things, like taking quicker morning showers, keeping my old work more organised and recycling it before it becomes another mountain of paper (last year’s was burnt!), and avoiding cheap throw-away products like BIC pens.

    I’m going to be studying Product Design, since I’m looking for a future in green technologies and inventions. I’ve got lots of project ideas that I can’t really do without the college’s fully kitted workshop, hopefully I can bring them to life – that 13-year-old’s solar panel story has really inspired and motivated me. My intention is to use the prototypes I make to help me – and hopefully eventually everyone else – to be more green.

    I reckon all of the prizes you’re offering could make this a lot easier – especially my Product Design course. A powerful laptop for models, renderings and general paper-saving work would be perfect. The Voltaic rucksack would be a huge benefit and would tie in quite nicely with a custom set of rechargeable bike lights I’m working on. Since I’ll be cycling for over an hour each day, it’ll see plenty of sunlight too.

    Everything you’re offering would be brilliant to own, thank you for the opportunity to win them!

  72. snosurfer2468 August 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I am an architecture student at University of Oregon. I chose to go to school here for architecture because it was rated number one in sustainable design for architecture when I was choosing my school. Studio classes for architecture require a lot of paper, cardboard, and various other materials that can create a lot of waste at the end of the term. I plan on using materials from my previous projects in my upcoming studio. Because of the sustainable nature of my school’s architecture program, I know my studio instructors will be just as happy as I am to see work that literally demonstrates green sustainable practices. When I run out of supplies from my previous projects, I will continue to reuse materials by taking the ones that my peers throw away and anything else that us usable in the recycle!

  73. sargentmj August 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I plan to green up my Back-to-school by using low power consumption technology, working towards submitting “papers” via e-mail (Why do I need to print it anyway?), buying local from the weekly farmers market, and using mass transit and personal powered modes of transportation. Not only will this help decrease my carbon footprint but it will allow me to be more conscious of my local area and the area that I impact most.

  74. ekieu August 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I plan to make it green for this back to school year is to now buy anything unless our household doesn’t have it and if we do, we are going to try to buy green items with our budgets. Other than that we will try to use notebooks with unfilled pages and recycled paper for writing and printing. :]

  75. jerry518 August 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I’m going to green my back-to-school routine this year by switching to post-consumer recycled paper and using pencils recycled from old newspaper (i think those are just awesome!) I have also been shopping for Eco-wear and recycling and/or donating my old clothes.

    My friends and I are going to car pool this year and save the money we would use for gas to buy better stuff for school next year.

  76. llinda29 August 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    plan to green your back-to-school routine this year by walking home each day

  77. mls2267 August 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    use reuaable water bottle & lunch bag instead of plastic bottles & paper bags

  78. shannen angeles August 21, 2011 at 5:31 am

    School Year 2011 started six months ago here in the Philippines. What I did to green my backpack was to bring to school and use notebooks made of unused pages taken from my old notebooks. Some of those old notebooks pages were not made of recycled paper but for me, using paper to its last writable surface is as green as recycling paper in the factory. My dad also gave me a notebook binder which is made of veneered and laminated bamboo which I dearly love and show to my classmates. Another thing which completely green my everyday in school is my school arm chair. Our school is among the first to be recipients of chairs made of 100% laminated bamboo. My father works in a government office which spearheads the development of e-bamboo (engineered bamboo) school furniture. They also teach small enterprises to manufacture these eco-friendly products. This in response to an Executive Order issued by the government requiring our Department of Education to procure e-bamboo furniture equivalent to at least 25% of its annual school furniture requirement. This helps protect our environment because we can lessen our dependence to wood. It also helps mitigate climate change because bamboo if very renewable and sustainable and considered to be one of the best for capturing pollution in the air.

  79. autumncrocus August 21, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I will be using laptop for all notes instead of paper. I will also be growing all my food and am in the process of switching over to solar power.

  80. kcatlin August 21, 2011 at 3:05 am

    inhabitat fb fan kelly grant

  81. sourlemons August 21, 2011 at 2:59 am

    There’s a lot of stuff to love in this lovely giveaway.

    I got to say its a been tricky trying to “green up” my back to school routine this year. For starters, I’ve decided to swap out all regular bulbs with longer lasting Philips AmbientLED Dimmable lightbulbs to save tons of energy, turn off my aging desktop at night so it doesn’t suck up juice while I’m asleep, pull out power strips when I leave the house.

    Those are small steps, but they’re vital to making huge changes. It’s really hard to be conscious of it all, but I think with a little motivation, we can all do our part in helping the environment.

    For the coming year, I plan to buy as few paper towels as possible (only going to use these to clean my hands for swapping in contact lenses) and use more cloth towels instead (which leads to less waste), try to print less paper and use alternatives like apps for Groupon and LivingSocial deals (god they’re addictive!), read PDFs via the iBooks app or a tablet, ride the bike instead of borrowing the sister’s car on weekends, and look into some serious solar-powered gear. Did you see those new solar-powered Logitech keyboards? They’re fantastic and run for months without batteries!

    And here’s how I would use the gear:

    For one thing, that Voltaic backpack would make bringing iPhone cable and USB chargers a thing of the past, as I’d just leave it out in the sun on the fire escape to juice up before going. Definitely would help on my arching back. Bah.

    The Behance and Ecosystem notebooks would help me organize my ridiculous life right now (I don’t’ even use digital calendars, although I should learn how to use iCal or Google Calendar) and maybe make to-do lists that I would actually you know, haha, DO, instead of putting stuff off to later.

    Naked Binders are pretty old-school, but it never hurts to keep my files and papers all in one place (don’t have any kind of file unit system, so small bookshelves are really the only way to go). It helps that these binders are colorful.

    You know, I can’t remember the last time I sharpened a pencil or used one that was non-mechanical, but those TreeSmart pencils look snazzy and are 100% recycled, so what’s not to love about ’em?

    And of course the lovely HP Pavilion dv6 would just be great for having a beefy system that can handle anything I toss at it. I’ve heard great things about HP laptops and just want a solid machine (it has a number keypad :O – good thing!) that won’t choke. I’ve had some bad experiences with Sony Vaio laptops.

  82. kaiasmommy August 21, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Mandatory entries complete! One really big way I plan on greening back to school this year is by using a reusable cooling bag for lunch and using a stainless steel set for the food.

  83. ILoveEgypt August 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Our family has worked hard for a long time to do what we can for the environment. We have recycled cans/bottles for years, we use low flow toilets, turn off the water when we brush our teeth, and more.

    But Going Green even more is a subject our family has been discussing over the summer and we decided this year we are going to do a few things different. First of all, we bought our kids bikes, so they can ride instead of us driving them. Second, we got them notebooks that use recycled paper. Best of all, we found shoes that are made from recycled car tires, and we bought them all a pair. We are trying to do our best to help the environment, and secondly, be good Green role models for our children. Hopefully they will grow up, follow our examples and pass those good habits on!

  84. xbabygurlxxx August 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

    i plan to use eco friendly products.

  85. lizzymae123 August 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I saved all the socks that has lost their mates and i will be sending them to the school to use for erasers for the blackboard. I also keep clothing that are stained beyond repair and whenever my kids need to decorate something we go to the clothing drawer and cut out pieces that are clean. Also ,I clean out the plastic peanut butter jars when emptied and they get put in the lunch boxes for drinks. the lid stays tight. I’m pretty good at re-using

  86. nscaddie August 21, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Trying to go green on campus, lots of schools make it hard BUT this will make it easy for ME to make a mark! (Besides, I never remember to charge my phone, I want the solar charging backpack!)

  87. UcBearcat14 August 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    This year i plan on utilizing my campus for my needs by walking to stores and shops around me instead of driving off campus. I also plan on buying some of those long lasting eco-friendly light bulbs! Last year i spent allot on light bulbs for some reason. So ill be going green and saving green!

  88. jstetson August 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Will drive my smaller car to school to save gas.

  89. leilabona August 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I try to recycle all that I can and we try to reuse items from last years school year!

  90. ucancmeto August 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    buy something green and you save . teach a person to be green and save the planet.

  91. dddiva August 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    The girls are reusing supplies, buying as many books electronically as they can, carpooling and taking reusable lunch containers/water bottles.

  92. happybunny87 August 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I plan to be more conscious about all the paper that I use and try to reuse what I can.

  93. GWStacy August 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    We are going green by reusing as much as possible from last year and using online learning instead of physical books when possible.

  94. lanann R August 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I walk to work and school (both are very close) I grow a lot of my own food and have hens for eggs and I recycle EVERYTHING that I can in my home. I want all of my children to know that this earth is to be respected and cared for

  95. lovetheearth777 August 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I know I already posted but I just wanted to say you giveaway is a dream. I think the school, supplies should go to some one deserving. My mother is a kindergarden teacher and several years ago had an amazing student who had a few disabilities but at age 5 she already knew she wanted to save the world. My mother has become really close with her and her family and are wonderful friends who keep in touch to this day. The girl is Emily and is now in 6th grade who is still volunteering and persevering to make the world green. Their family has been fighting with her disabilities and the family is currently unemployed so they have little money thats why I have no laptop because I gave it to them. it would mean the world to Emily to know I shared her story and that she is given Eco friendly supplies to start off the year also it would mean a lot for me to see her face when and if I get the chance to give them to her.

  96. vickieb August 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I try to use as little paper and other supplies as possible, if I could find recycled paper to use that would be even better.

  97. Rockin4God August 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Ride an electric bike instead of drive.

  98. sjc9991 August 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    i am growing all my food, riding my bike to class, only buying recycled items , recycling, composting, nd rain collecting.

  99. Handymanlv August 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m entering to get school supplys for my eldest granddaughter who is starting college this fall.

  100. showdown561 August 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    reusing leftover school supplies from last year and backpacks

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