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!


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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. raymerray August 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I’m actually going to class for tech engineering. My all-time goal in life is to be a CEO of a “GO GREEN” Company. I’ve always had this plan in my head to hire a bunch of “Think-Techs” at my company to come up with newer and more revolutionary products to help the economy. I have always been adamant about saving the environment, one small way at a time, and I have always been excited to test out alternative fuels for cars. I have always been conscious about conservation of ANY type of energy and resources and try to recycle as much as I possibly can. I would absolutely love to win this sweepstakes so that I can make my dream seem that much brighter. I think the idea for the backpack is one of the best things I have ever heard and would love to get one. Thank you for the opportunity!

  2. jlb2082 August 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Well for starters I’ll reuse and rotate my binders and folders each semester and filing and documenting all my old papers then recycle the papers that aren’t needed. Then say “NO” to plastic water bottles and use a metal or a non-bhp plastic water container that is refillable and sometimes even insulated depending on the mood lol. As for projects that need printing, when the ink cartridge is emptied I’ll find a place that recycles them (A.K.A. my school) that could be either put back to use or used as recycled plastic. And last but not least I’ll still be using paper so recycled paper only would be used, either from a store or left over paper that I or friends have never used, also if using paper for printing and 1 side was used just flip it over and use the other side to give the paper a so called 2nd life so it wouldn’t get wasted. I would ride a bike but traveling 9 miles is too unpredictable for Florida weather lol, but that’s how I go throughout my school year.

  3. Laurent Voila August 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Hi! This year, back to school is somewhat special for me, because it’s been 2 years I have not been on a student chair. I’ll try to make my back to school routine greener than it used to, by following these steps everyday:
    1) Riding my bike to school, so I’ll produce no Co2, won’t increase smog, and stay healthy
    2)Using the stack of used paper I have at home to take notes. Notes, even important ones, don’t necessary need a new sheet of paper.(Step 2 is subject to changes. I could possibly take notes
    on a Acer pc, and keep the used paper for sketching :)
    3)Buying food that is not overwrapped for my lunch, so it will reduce the amount of garbage I may produce in a year.
    4)Recycling everything that can be recycled.
    This would be a good start,and I’ll manage to add some more to the list!
    Have a nice day!

  4. brmetcalf August 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I signed up for your newsletter and liked you on facebook. Were trying to be as green as we can and recycle as much as possible. Thanks for having a wonderful contest!

  5. susannahcallen August 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I am 61 years old and live in a senior community where many of us enjoy our green routines. This year we decided to donate to 3 local elementary schools with a green theme. The schools have been contacted and we will present our donations in a few weeks. “Inhabits” back to school items will help us deliver a message of “generations of green”!

  6. reikomat August 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I love the idea of charging my iPod touch and phone with my solar backpack.

  7. volemek August 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    this year we are reusing most of our supplies from last year. being a stay at home dad, i’d love to swap my diaper bag for that solar back pack, would be great to keep my playbook charged thoughout our day!

  8. Timster August 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I plan to green by back to school routine by using recycled paper, buying textbooks on my Ipad, and bicycling to class.

  9. asweep08 August 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Being “Green” is all about being resourceful. From re-using paper that may only have writing on one side to buying recycled supplies and using them multiple times. I also prefer to buy lunch staples for example with minimal packaging and using containers that can be used multiple times.

  10. brendatimmons August 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    After purchasing many recycled products for supplies, we are now walking the mile and a half to and from school everyday to do our part and be green.

  11. sjpfeifer August 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    There is absolutely no reason you can’t reuse most of your school supplies from year to year. There’s always going to be the ones you have to buy new.. but who are we kidding? I know so many students (and parents) that flush good money down the toilet every single year just so everything is “new”. Backpacks are one of my pet peeves, you simply do not need a new one every year! As for green merchandise, I absolutely love it, and go out of my way to get as much of it as I can! :)

    p.s. that backpack would have been amazing on the camping trip my family took this last weekend! 😀

  12. helyn4 August 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I believe the most effective way to be green is first and foremost being able to recycle and using recycle materials. All paper, folders, backpacks, et can come from recycled materials and when no longer in use, being able to recycle these items in a recycling bin so they can reprocessed and reused in the future.

    I also believe in bagging the lunch. Most schools use Styrofoam so I would use brown bags or use recycled storage containers for kids lunches to take to school.

    I also believe in donating clothes and other items that can not be used anymore by one family and seeing it being to help or functional for another. One family’s junk is another family’s treasure. There is no reason to have perfectly good materials to go to waste.

    Thank you!

  13. tawaterashley August 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I plan to buy as many recycled products as possible. My son is 9 and very into cub scouts. They are learning about recycling and leave no trace so he is double checking everything to make sure it is recycled. I’m so proud of him!

  14. Tina R. August 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I’m going to green my back to school routine by: recycling any paper, turning off my computer when I’m not using it, reusing school supplies from last semester/year (specifically folders, notebooks that haven’t been completely filled, binder,…etc), walk as much as possible, and try to be conscious of buying eco-friendly things that I may need throughout the year! =)

  15. suzy_ishtar August 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Our green plan has been in place for sometime. Recycleing/Reusing/Rescueing – go with reading/writing/and arithmetic. Our green thumbs were out all summer in our garden, and we decided we were going to try a year without processed snack foods in the lunch boxes. That is a challenge with teenage boys, who wanted monster energy drinks and doritos. We have discovered new snacks. like roasted chick peas and parmesian cheese chips. So simple, yet so good. The less your food is processed, the less it has to travel – the better for our enviroment, the better for our own health. Hopefully these ideas will catch on, at lunchtime :) Thanks.

  16. Kamknows August 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Last year, we vowed to stop using all of the plastic sandwich and snack bags, and were 90% successful. We bring out lunch to school every single day, and have no fewer than 5 kids in our carpool every single day. This year to improve on our commitments, we are using all of our folders, backpacks, notebook binders, and organizers from last year. Additionally, we are only replacing clothes that have to be discarded, so only if one item goes out can another one come in. We have been buying only organic fruit and veggies, and have been in much better health since this decision. We have insulated (we live in the northern mid-west) our 1927 house as we restore all of its interior glory. All in all, we have reduced new construction, reduced the chemicals that enter our drain/sewage system, reduced the amount of paper/plastic waste by reusing all of the items we can, we have almost eliminated the need to support plastic bags (and store most of what is in the refrigerator in glass), and am passing on the idea that conserving all materials is everyone’s job to my kids. The positive perpetual cycle is what green is all about.

  17. cgsweeps88 August 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I plan on going completely paperless and using recycled paper when I do need to print something. I also will be riding my bike to school.

  18. mcbarbie August 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the great contest!

  19. jacqgrif August 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I make it a habit to look for environmentally-friendly items when I’m shopping for school supplies or anything else that I buy. I think that folks should turn off their tv’s and ac and go to the park or put their children in sport activities. By doing so, they will not only save on utility’s which is very green but it is healthier for their children. There are so many way to become green. I hope more folks take the time to research and become environmentally smarter! Thank You so much!

  20. Susan Allene August 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I could really use the school supplies for my kids! I am on disability and can’t afford everything. When I was injured, we were surveying the landfill for the county, yuck! I decided that I was going to fight in order to get recycling in our community. I could not believe the things people fill the landfill with! Now we all have recycling bins in the county, and don’t have to design/build landfills every few years. Recycling helps the environment, businesses, employees, and the world. Thank you for the opportunity to win these items. Hopefully it goes to the less fortunate.

  21. mirandag55225 August 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I am going green this year by taking ALL online classes! No gas being burned to get to and from school 😉

  22. semperfiguy73 August 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I will keep learning how to be green and teach my friends and family everything i learn to help them go green too, because what helps the environment helps us.

  23. mtmenger August 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    My son just started high school and we live fairly ‘green’.. recycling, composting, etc…things that if everyone did just a little of would create and generate a difference on the planet … this beautiful planet we live on. Where we are also making a big difference is by being us, being US and changing the world… What if everyone BE them, without judgement of themselves or others, what shift would this create on the planet…. what if people wake up to the most renewable and available resource….consciousness itself… so be YOU…and change the world !*!*!*!

  24. jljmommy August 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I get your newsletter at ktiegen at yahoo dot com
    FB fan – Kimberlie S.T.
    and to be more green this school year, we are reusing as much of our supplies from last year that we can. I’m melting my kindergarteners old crayons and broken bits into new crayons for our toddler. We will patch and reuse backpacks and jeans and pass down clothes to family and friends.

  25. joshm420 August 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I have just moved in to a house about a 15/20 min walk from my uni.. so i shall be walking/biking to uni everyday from now on, don’t get much more green than that right?

  26. sergio7 August 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    A greener school year by using recycled paper and bringing in my own reusable coffee mug every morning.

  27. Gary Eldridge August 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Going with recycled backpacks!!!

  28. enlilenki August 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I plan to start school again (at 40) with more than a decade since the last class that I attended. Starting off slow with free online Artificial Intelligence class being offered by Stanford in October. I need all the incentive I can get and winning this would do wonders for me an my attempts to further my education and to become a father my son will be proud of. He’s in Pre-K now and would love the backpack. I plan to take most of my future classes online to reduce my global footprint.

  29. reevesvicky August 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I’m hoping my business class will help me be successful with the sustainable design furniture business I am starting.

  30. gretchenm47 August 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I plan on everyday packing a vegan, home-made lunch in my reuseable tiffin, and biking to class!

  31. Lyssa2933 August 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    As a single mom of 2, recycling is swings from easy to hard in different arenas of our day to day. The three of us run around singing Jack Johnson’s song 3R’s. My 10yr old often reminds me to be green when I tend to lean towards convienence. And my 3yr old reminds me through all of her little 90 yr old actions how inter-connected we all are.

  32. taisao August 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I only buy eco-friendly products.

  33. Sweetpea August 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve already started school, but I’ve been reusing school supplies from last year (including notebooks- if they have notes I don’t need or can’t use, I’ve been recycling the paper that they’re on). I either bike to school or use the local bus route. Instead of using plastic water bottles, I own a reuseable one. Since a lot of my friends have been in the same classes, we have been exchanging books among ourselves so we don’t have to buy new ones. I’ve also been limiting the time spent on my laptop at home to conserve energy, instead using the local library or the school library to do homework and research. I also ‘brown-bag’ meals in reusable containers instead of paper and plastic bags.

  34. cdoc2000 August 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I have 3 kids at home still in school and had all of my children reuse school supplies from last year where possible and anything we bought new was made from recycled materials

  35. tgrattan4 August 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I have started collecting all recyclable products from my office (believe me, we can waste some paper too!). My daughter’s school collects all recyclable products and actually get paid per ton to recycle. This money goes towards funding the kid’s school. Since it is a private school, it does not get any funds from the state or city, so anything we can do is very helpful. I re-used a lot of the kid’s school supplies from year’s past & explained to them the concept of waste. Thanks for the awesome opportunity!

  36. Heather2009 August 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    This year we are starting to recycle as much as possible. This year I also bought all used books, and is carpooling. I am also using my laptop more, so I don’t have to use paper, and most teachers are letting me submit my assignments online so I don’t have to use a lot of paper. I also use reusable water bottles and Eco friendly lunchboxes. I signed up for the newsletter, I like your facebook! My facebook Id is: HEather Stamper.

  37. aepawol August 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    This giveaway sounds awesome!

  38. bluegreen7 August 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I am starting college this fall and I want to make my routine as green as possible in order to help create a more sustainable society. I am going to use a reusable coffee cup instead of disposable paper cups at coffee restaurants, bring my own reusable silverware and plates to functions, recycle as much as possible, unplug all my electronic appliances after using them, use “green” light bulbs, and use real plates and napkins instead of disposable ones. In my quest for a greener life, this back to school package would be just what I need to become fully green!

  39. McKim August 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I subscribed to your newsletter.
    I ‘like’ Inhabitat on Facebook.
    We recycle school supplies from year to year, using hand-me-downs, etc. instead of always buying everything new.

  40. CornBeefTaco August 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Gonna help keep my Kid who’s starting his junior year out. Will look good on him and going green is always great!

  41. walindeman August 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Not only am I a senior in college this year, but I am also planning a wedding. My fiance and I are very environmentally conscious, or at the very least TRY to be, so we both are doing everything we can to make both this school year and our wedding/wedding planning as green as possible. We live fairly close to campus, so we walk to school (even when it’s super hot – it’s worth it!), and since we both work on campus, it’s nice to be able to walk to work as well! We made the choice to purchase some school supplies which are either made of or packaged in recycled materials, which makes me feel much better about dropping major cash-ola on supplies. Some of our school supplies, we are re-using from previous semesters instead of buying new when we don’t really need to. The same goes for “back-to-school” clothing. Though I work at Gap, we chose to not buy new clothes for this school year, and instead if we need any particular items are searching secondhand stores. As far as our wedding goes, we are working hard to choose eco-friendly vendors and locations for our big event! For example, we are encouraging people to carpool, and are holding our reception just a few blocks from our ceremony. Also, instead of gifts, we are opting to register to have money donated to our local Humane Society in our name. We feel we want our relationship and our wedding to show not only our commitment to one another but to the Earth as well!

  42. refried August 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    i dont think i diserve it but it would be nice to have recycled things so i could think hey i am making a difference in the world and my family does not have cars right know i am doing this from the public library i always bring my own lunch to school and my mom always buys used things like clothes backpacks and shoes i would love to have this and i would share it with my brothers and sisters,
    sincerely tyler

  43. faithhopelove20 August 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    To green my back to school routine I am cutting back on gas mileage. I have a 7am class and an 11:45am class with 3 hours in between. I plan on preparing a lunch and snack, bringing all of my schoolwork (and my knitting) and hanging out in the library for those 3 hours instead of driving home and back again. Added bonus? I am more motivated to finish my homework while still on campus.

  44. kitty32504 August 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    We are ‘re-using” and “re-purposing” as much as possible. And we are paying much more attention when it comes to buying recycled items!

    Dara Nix
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

  45. judycc August 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Buy everything that is recyclable and getting rid of all the sprays that are not healthy,

  46. GodNero August 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This year my little brother and I are cutting back on our driving and he is sharing a garage with five guys for college :D, yay for lower power bill.

  47. JENJEN August 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    In my school we already have a recycling process being run, but we could encourage my classmates to help do it better. Also it should be interesting if we could recycle even more materials at school because every year we waste so much paper.

  48. thevicagirl August 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I plan to make my own notebooks out of scratch paper from previous years work. It helps me keep notes, remember what I have learned before, and gives me plenty of pictures to color when I am bored.

  49. linabeanie August 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    this year will be my last year in middle school and i want it to be a great one! I’m not going to give a suck up story stating that I’m an extreme environmentally cautious student because I’m not but i think that that these items will give me a start. i would love to take a step towards going green and i think this will help so please give me a chance!

  50. gojacobgo August 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I am excited to get back to school. I will be biking to class with my ipad to take notes electronically, my reusable camelback water bottle, and wearing my toms shoes. It is important to think on a greater scale about our actions and their consequences. Keep green this year.

  51. Mookerz August 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

    We cruise the second hand stores for school clothes instead of buying new ones plus my kids use reusable containers and cloth napkins in their lunch boxes.

  52. Ayee August 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I plan to green my back-to-school this year by first sensitizing my peers on the need and promotion of a green environment as it is less noticed and effective in this region of the world (i.e. Nigeria). I further plan to implement a more effective waste management skills- waste disposal, waste/recycling of used materials,etc. I plan in encouraging the creation of a mini club which will definitely grow with time; to further promote going green. This club will be registered in the school so future students can benefit from it. It is going to involve mini-lectures and trainings especially in agriculture-planting of trees, gardening,etc; waste management skills-proper disposal of materials, how to maintain a healthy environment,recycling and re-using of materials; educative activities/awareness to the other school members and the close environs amongst other fun and educative activities in promoting going green. I will also personally plant flowers around my hostel/dormitory, buy waste bins-two for recyclable materials (plastics and papers) and one for waste products and i already bought a new solar-energy charger for my phones for my phones and make sure i get my friends to do the same buy showing them it’s benefits.

  53. rlarue August 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I’ve sold my car so I’ll be using my bike to get to school this semester. I’ll also be ditching paper bags by using a lunch bag from Rebel Green for my lunch along with a water bottle from Blue Q.

    Thanks for holding this contest.

  54. nhparkhurst August 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

    We use the steel bottles to drink from rather than plastic bottles that go to waste and do our part to recycle all that we can

  55. susan smoaks August 23, 2011 at 10:35 am

    fb fan tony l smoaks
    newsletter subscriber
    this year we plan to green our routine with lunchboxes instead of bags and tupperware instead of ziplocs

  56. rmizach August 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Each school year I have my children reuse school supplies from the previous school years such as binders, backpacks, pencils. For my college student we purchase used books if at all possible. My college student rides a skateboard and/or walks daily to class.

  57. mmille03 August 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Trying to go green as much as we can

  58. Cory B August 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I would like to start off by saying that winning the back to school giveaway green prize package would be a dream to me. I am currently a first year college freshman at an accredited institution. I am majoring in biochemistry and I plan to use my education and skills acquired to teach others the benefits of living a minimalistic lifestyle and ultimately try to make the world a greener place. I believe that if I won this giveaway, I could set an example for the students in my school and show them them that there are other ways to go green and help preserve the environment besides using less water and carpooling to school. If you guys at Inhabitat would only give me the tools, I would be one step closer in my mission to make the world a better, cleaner place for future generations.

  59. tajlamont88 August 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    by using recycled paper and pencils

  60. traymona August 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I´ll be buying as many recycled school supplies that I can find.

  61. Noah L August 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

    To be green this year, I’m reusing all my old school supplies, cutting down on the amount of paper I use, car-pooling with a friend to and from school, and I will be using a steel water bottle instead of buying drinks out of the vending machines!

  62. karen flath August 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I subscribe by email and liked on FB. We are using sandwich keepers to reduce using plastic bags and reused last yrs school supplies.

  63. odinkarr August 23, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I am so green even Kermit can’t stand it. It’s not easy being green.

  64. klp1965 August 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

    i plan on making my sons lunch and using a lunch kit that can be used every day and washed..keeping sandwich bags out of the landfill

  65. rimpipple August 23, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I´ll be buying recycled school supplies as much as possible.

  66. annpa August 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    My kids are all out of school but I check the back to school flyers for good deals so I can donate to the next generation. It has been fun!

  67. lihua90 August 23, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Everybody believes that graphic designer uses alot of paper for inspiration sake, and therefore everytime i’m using both side of the paper to avoid wastage.

  68. eccentric_elephant August 23, 2011 at 6:07 am

    In order to make my education-related impact on the environment as minimal as possible, I plan to walk to school as to not pollute the air further with gasoline. My number one goal for the school year is to recycle all useless papers that pass through my hands so that I can keep these reusable materials out of landfills and water sources.

    I also hope to use only environmentally friendly items, such as those being given away in this particular back-to-school giveaway. In addition to the sort of items that are displayed above, my lunches will be entirely “green,” with reusable water bottles, lunch bags, and even containers!

    I hope these small changes in my life help save the Earth and allow for us humans to leave less of a mark behind than what would be left without this particular changes.

  69. jtwark August 23, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I plan on going green in school by using as many recycled products as I can (i.e. paper, cups, etc) then starting a club about spreading the word and demonstrating how recycling helps the planet. We would even hold contests and fundraisers to get us to bigger venues.

  70. rrrice August 23, 2011 at 3:23 am

    NEW SCHOOL YEAR RESOLUTION : TO stop taking cabs because i wake up late (so it means i’d have to rise and shine early), eat organic breakfast at the least, because lunch and dinner will be outside eating somewhere with all those chemicals, and to commute by walking! a healthier option and a little exercise. plus whilst walking around i would exchange 02 with the trees and they can take my C02. what a great symbiotic mutualism to work on nourishing my body and also keeping care of the earth i love!

  71. ferriz August 23, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I am part fish. I drink massive amounts of water and decided killing the planet was obviously a bad thing so I invested in some re-usable water bottles (One is from, figured may as well go to a good cause?) to take to class. I just refill them at the drinking fountain. I also re-use my snack bags. Yes, I am one of those students who snacks her way through a lecture. I pick quiet not smelly foods and I share… I promise ;).

    I bought my books used so no more trees would be harmed, and will be using the online version and companion software for another book. Currently I am using my backpack (from 8 years ago?) so I do not have to increase my carbon footprint. If only they still made these awesome pencils made out of old money. If they did I would switch back to them in a heartbeat. Instead I am using the same 3 mechanical pencils I have had for the past 2 years. The yellow one brings me good luck on tests. 😉

    Unfortunately using public transport or carpooling is not possible but I managed to fit all my classes into 2 days a week and even went above and beyond in the name of GREEN: we just moved and I am now 5 miles closer to school! OK, so that last one was a happy accident but 20 miles a week saved in gas and nasty car fumes can really add up right?

    Fb fan: xferriza2 Danielle b )

  72. slehan August 23, 2011 at 3:07 am

    I’ll be getting most of my stuff from thrift stores and garage sales.
    Thanks for the contest.

  73. ariespookie August 23, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I’m planning to stay green by purchasing as little as possible. I have plenty of unused paper to take notes on and textbooks to donate towards good causes.

  74. tanya alegria August 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I plan to green by not buying my book but try to download them to a laptop also i will save in pencils and paper and many other things i usually used for college.

  75. nhilleshiem August 23, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I bought my kids dry erase boards to study on @ home for tests and assignments. I also set up a recycling program @ our house with a special bin called the note tote so that they can recycle all notes and assignments that they are done with. This makes my kids feel superior to be able to get rid of stuff when they are done with it. It also free(s) up weight in their backpacks which help with long-term back and neck problems!!!

  76. M.Johnston August 23, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I already consider myself and my family very aware of the earths problems.. If we plan a trip to the beach we spend the first hour that we are there picking up trash.. We love our beaches, rivers and lakes and I try to teach the next generation the importance of keeping it clean.. I only buy green cleaning products, recycled t.p.and don’t even use paper towels.. My kids actually go behind the more absent minded adults and hit the off button for the lights.. We never set the air conditioner lower that 77. I do try to do my part.. And the products in your giveaway are something everyone should shop for especially in the back to school months.. My husband is currently laid-off so we haven’t been back to school shopping yet.. Was going to try to use left over materials i have from last year.. BUT the giveaway would be great to win for them.. And the laptop would make an AWESOME Christmas gift for my 16 year old junior.. Well thanks for your consideration..

  77. furby76 August 23, 2011 at 1:03 am

    We are going green by reusing school items from last year and bought alot of clothes from a second hand store for my daughter. I will be home schooling my special needs son this year and this would help me tremendously in giving him the education he deserves that the public school system could not provide for him .

  78. amberfaith90 August 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I plan on recycling all of the paper that I use writing papers.

  79. tbronson August 23, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I plan on not using any disposable water bottles and I own a lawn mowing company and I am switching over to electric mowers. I also am using old fax papers for paper to take notes for buisness and plan to recycle any products i can. I could really use a new computer and solar backpack for my brother he is starting school at a private institution and he is worried about finances right now. Thanks and have a blessed day.

  80. alemi August 23, 2011 at 12:19 am

    i use recycled notebooks! love to be green!

  81. alemi August 23, 2011 at 12:18 am

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  83. peachfacelady August 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

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  84. acrook August 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I’m using mostly hand-me downs and stuff around the house for school supplies. I’m not running out and buying everything new.

  85. tanzerdragon August 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    For school, I tend to pack my own lunch, I find it economical and better to have aluminum lunch boxes or water bottles instead of buying brown paper bags and plastic water bottles to reduce waste where needed. I’ve also begun switching over to recycled printer paper, and am really glad my teachers allow for double printing for written assignments (though an auto-duplex printer would be bomb to have), and I hope my new teachers this year will allow this also. I’m always using energy efficient lightbulbs, not only because they conserve energy, but the brightness is great for studying in. I’ll also be conservative of keeping most of my electronic equipment off when not using them because even if they are “off” some will still absorb electricity. So I will be using more energy efficient surge protectors for my printer, laptop and electronic devices. And I’ve all ready transitioned to using e-books and reading things on my ipod touch when necessary since this will save paper, but is great portability and time saving at the same time. Amazon also offers e-textbooks too. When going to the grocery store, I carry a backpack, and several reusable cotton bags to carry my foods and supplies home. And lastly, I will be doing what I can with recycling and composting waste materials and recycling my printer inks at Staples more often.

  86. Areej August 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Its ironic, because my friend found this online and sent it to me right away! Shes aware of the fact that Im a total tree hugger!
    Id like to share with you some of the things I do that i feel help the world breathe a little bit better at night. Im crazy about recycling in my household and composting! This fall I’v deiced to take the bus instead of drive to school because it would be Eco friendly. Iv already taken out a bus pass! Iv switched all my bills to online payments to save paper. Im in-love with fashion and keeping up to new trends, with my old clothes I make new outfits while having fun with buttons and designs and cheap things I find I fabric stores. I reuse every, and what i cant reuse i attempt to recycle. When i started reading your giveaway I couldn’t stop I love it all Im amazed! I would be grateful to win because i could truly appreciate these Eco friendly items! I was not planning to do any back to school shopping due to the money cost of supplies and the waste, but this just inspired to look for Eco friendly supplies. But regardless of that I would like to thank you for reading and I really appreciate your concern!

  87. beck20202 August 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    We’re re-using a lot of items that are still in good shape. Perhaps giving them a bit of a facelift.

  88. eemoody77 August 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    We’re being more conscious about lunch packaging and reusing old school supplies!

  89. indyannag August 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Although I have had a green routine for my life these past couple of months, this school year I want to step it up and do the most that I can. starting with saving electricity, I will be using the phones less and watching less television. Instead I will spend that time studying. If I not using something that is plugged up in the room I will unplug it. The same goes for lights; if I am not in the room I will cut the lights off. Irecently learned that tsking my phone off the charger when it is done charging saves energy as well. So now I don’t charge my phone the entire night! Now, for water! Not sure if it is helpful, but when I finish a bottle of water , I am going to refill it and put it in the freezer. If O don’t refill it I will recycle it and any other item that I can. When I am washing dishes, my hands, brushing my teeth, or taking a shower, I will use less water by not letting the water run for a long period of time. Short showers will have to do =). For my own little project, I make it my job to buy the Dawn liquid detergent that has the animal on the front because I want to give money to help clean the animals effected by the Gulf spill.
    When it comes to clothes for school, I can do without spending money to buy new clothes. I will wear the ones I have or take ones that are given to me by others. I want to support businesses that are working towards greener things rather than those that are not. I can even work on projects of my own! Saving our environment is important to me no matter what. My biggest goal right now is supporting solar energy. Any projects that are geared toward increasing the use of solar power I will be apart of. Its making the world a better place a little at a time!

  90. charliesgold August 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    This year our back to school routine is going to be a different one for sure, you see on July 21st most of our home and everything in it was destroyed in a house fire caused by an electrical fire. Since everything is to be replaced anyway we have decided that it is the perfect time for us to enforce the slow changes we had been making in becoming a greener family. We had begun moving towards buying more green products but it was always a matter of having some of “x” product left to be used first. Now we are starting over literally from the ground up and we are going to do it right, recycled products, donated products (obviously since we lost so much we can’t afford to buy it all at once but upcycling is still a great way to reduce waste and reduce our impact on the planet,) and as mama of the house my favorite is the green cleaning products that I will be purchasing to clean out those reusable lunch bags! We intend to take one of the most devastating events of our lives and make them in to a positive change, not just for the health and future of our planet but as a catharsis for ourselves.

  91. Darcy B August 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

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    This year we will be using O’BON’s A5 Sprial Notebooks each come with 80-sheets of environmentally-friendly bagasse (buh-gas) paper for taking guilt-free notes. Bagasse is sugarcane pulp left over after extracting juices from the sugarcane, and is both less taxing on our fragile environment than conventional paper and cheaper to produce.

    This Birds Series Feather Tree-Free Sugar Cane Paper Spiral Notebook features elegant, colorful designs of exotic bird feathers on it’s covers. The vibrant covers are made from 100% recycled cardstock and comes branded with O’BONs “Sugarcane Paper” logo in the bottom right hand corner of the front cover. Ink used on based is soy-based and non-toxic.

    We will only bike or walk to school, and we will use am much local and organic food as we can.

  92. Wishywashy August 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I plan on getting a job that makes renewable energy products.

  93. yadgirl August 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I plan to green my back to school by buying recycled notebooks and using washable containers

  94. acason August 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Reusing everything we can this year. No waste!!

  95. mail4rosey August 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    We’re greening it up by using items from last year that are in perfectly good condition, and being cognizant of the items we purchase new, to make sure they’re made from recyclable materials and have as little of an amount of packaging as possible.

  96. amanda18 August 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Today was my first day of college and I am going green all the way. Instead of using paper and pen or pencil, I am taking notes electronically. I never go for any foods which are on Styrofoam plates. I use my water bottle and if I do drink anything in a glass bottle, I put it in my backpack and when I get home I put it in the recyclable bin.

  97. shararooney August 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I had all of my children reuse school supplies from last year where possible and anything we bought new was made from recycled materials. We also donated all old items we no longer needed to the local school for children who might need them.

  98. rewcath August 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    we’ll use all the green or recycled products that we can this year nupa123atgmaildotcom

  99. blueoak August 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    We have 4 kids. At the end of the prior school year kids throw out an amazingly complete range of school supplies at school when cleaning out their lockers. We ‘harvest’ those supplies (many are even new!) for our use the following year. (We send our kids to school that week with reused bags.) The result is we buy very little new stuff for the next school year.

  100. julie hawkins August 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I plan to green by back to school routine by using recycled paper, buying textbooks on my kindle, and bicycling to class.

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