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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!

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.

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. Cassini August 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I am entering my second year of study with 4 more to go, I am 49 years young! I am using part of my student loan monies to buy a bike rather than using my car anymore. I can either bike all the way, (20kms) or attach it to the bus. I have removed moving insurance on my car, parked it and am changing all my ways about my life. I made recycled covers for my binders, to keep them fresh and resuable. Recycled pen cases, cell phone cases (which I will sell, I don’t use a cell phone). My purse is handmade, grocery bags, fruit and veg bags, anything I can make out of fabric, recycled of course, I make. I was currently thread ripping a couple of old leather purses for the leather. Not sure what they will become, but it will be cool! I need and would love to have the extra stuff in this prize kit! Sometimes, something new would be a pleasure. Thanks for the chance!

  2. Mariah Meade August 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    You have no idea how much I need this! I have to pay my own way for my first semester of college and I’m not sure we’ll be able to afford everything, especially not new notebooks or a laptop.

    I’m a green freak. Before I buy anything, I see what I can reuse from last year. Almost all of my new clothes are picked up from yard sales or salvaged from last year. I do the same with unused or partially used supplies, and if we do have to buy supplies I like to buy the recycled ones because they’re better for the planet and they’re often totally adorable. We always use re-useable canvas bags, we’ll take 10 of them in if we have to and we always end up buying new ones.

    I plan on buying my textbooks through a secondhand website once I’ve got my tuition paid, and I also fixed my bike his summer to save on transportation to school.

    All of our computers were bought secondhand, I’ve never owned a brand new laptop before. I could really use this pack.

  3. lovetheearth777 August 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Well to make green into my back to school routine I will continue to buy all green products for my clothes, room, home, food, and supplies for school. Because now i am able to get a job I will be applying for food n thought which is an all green food market and clothing store near my house. I will continue to take my bike to school with my other friends that I convinced to do so as well. As of today I volunteer at the soup kitchen and animal shelter after school and on the weekends. I have also enhanced the recycling program at my school and started a vegetable garden at my previous schools as well. I would love to win because I could continue being green without spending a fortune on school supplies and I would have the ability to have a laptop so I could do my school work at home versus me continually trying to get to school to use there computers. Which would save me time so that I could have more time volunteering. It would be a dream to win. I hope you consider me :)

  4. scubagr August 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I own and operate a REUSE CENTER that focuses on GARBAGE PICKING. This year I intend on doing some major educating in the school my children attend. I have 4 boys and they get all there back to school clothes from consignment or thrift. Not all but most of the school supples are saved from last year or purchased RECYCLED material, I believe in supporting businesses that promote RECYCLED products. Shoes will come from the consignment store too and since I own 4 boys hand me downs are always present.

  5. AT August 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Rip out the empty pages of my unfinished notebooks from last year and make them into a notebook for this year :)

  6. monicahens August 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    i recycle as much as I can: plastic bottles, bags, glass, cans, cartriges, paper, cardboard. i just hope my neighbors would do the same… everyone has to get involved to make a difference.

  7. monicahens August 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I recycle as much as i can… cartridges, paper, plastic bottles, plastic bags, glass, cans, steel.

  8. eihf August 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Hope I win!

  9. maegaggles August 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    This year I plan to not only use only recycled paper but to also look into starting a paper recycling program at the large office complex I now work at. I have begun growing my own herbs and I plan to plant native wildflowers in the field next to my apartment complex, it is next to a pond where I see kids go fishing and i hear frogs at night and I feel it would enhance the outdoor experience and the little we have it here in the suburbs of Chicago

  10. GraceNgS August 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m hope to study ‘Architecture and Sustainable Design’ when I begin school soon. The Laptop and the Green Package are perfect tools to begin my new school term.

  11. aralph August 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m a teacher and hope by using these products I might inspire my students to do the same!

  12. Barcedino August 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Great products!!!!!

  13. lcwheeler August 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    instead of buying new crayons..we melted down the ones we had and made crayon shapes for my son.

  14. August 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I just bought and HP Laptop for my younger daughter and now, of course, the older daughter wants an upgrade. I like the idea of the solar powered backpack, no more excuses about not charging her BlackBerry!

  15. TimJ.Shim August 13, 2011 at 9:07 am

    OH mi lord. It’s so hard to leave a comment on Inhabitat website. and due to the difficulty I had my whole comment just evaporated :[
    I was so excited to join the cause of making the world greener!
    I absolutely love the giveaway pack that youguys have prepared for us 😀 a gadget charging bookbag is one of the best I’ve seen
    as a future bike-riding commuter from Palisades Park to Bronx{where my school Fordham University is!}(over the awesome-looking George Washington Bridge and all the good stuff :]) enjoying the scenic view of Hudson River while charging exhausted gadgets with that awesome backpack :D! You know. not to mention the love towards those ecofriendly school-related stuff :]! What I wanna do though is spreading the cause of this giveaway, which is to make the world greener by doing little things like showing the interest towards the issue and making small changes, to my fellow classmates. :] Thank you for having such an awesome event. GO INHABITAT!

  16. MasonHooten August 13, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I’m looking forward to this upcoming year at Berkeley. I plan on purchasing all of my textbooks used through Facebook and craigslist. But if a digital option is available then I’ll go with that on my macbook. Over the past year i’ve reoriented my lifestyle toward products that are made to last and less resource intensive. By making consciencious purchases and avoiding disposable products like bic pens and plastic shopping bags I will be able to reduce the amount of clutter in my room. Instead of buying dvds I plan on renting them online. Small changes like using cfl’s instead of incandescent bulbs and the cool bay area weather at night have added up over the summer to dramatically reduce my electricity usage. I plan on continuing to ride my bike around town and look forward to getting involved in the cycling coop on campus once fall semester starts again.

  17. sgschm August 13, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I’m keeping it green by using recycled paper goods and carrying a refillable water bottle with me.

  18. stella August 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Hello everyone!I am sure you all like the notebooks and journals!And me too… I would like to have them to jot down my daily routine so that i wont easily forget what to do next!And the striking colour is so impressive!I wont get them lost too until i finish using them…

  19. kashlyzap August 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I will ride on mass public transpo like bus, jeepney and MRT/LRT. It reduces pollution, consumption of oil yet gives an opportunity of chance encounters. Chance encounters means an unexpected meeting of people in a certain place. Also, when I have assignment, instead of printing it on paper, I’ll send it through email. This practice was started just last year, initiated by our faculty. With this, we use less paper and ink.

  20. parkerl15 August 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    How do I plan to green up this school year..I have purchased all recycled paper and pencils for the kiddos and the students in my classroom will email me projects instead of paper/pencil, if it does have to be on paper it will get recycled and we will be practicing all our green skills by keeping the lights dimmed most of the time in the classroom and doing an entire chapter on how to live greener.

  21. anthony94 August 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    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.But 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.

    :) :) :)

  22. bu August 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    1) I will continue to carpool with friends to reduce pollution and money on gas.
    2) I will keep bringing my own reusable water bottle.
    3) I will try to study at the school’s library or outside to save electricity usage at home.
    4) I will reduce paper usage by:
    *using more e-textbook instead of regular textbook
    *purchase used textbook required less money(paper)
    *reuse printing paper in the computer lab’s recycle bin to copy notes
    5) I will continue to use the stair instead of the elevator.
    6) I will continue to listen to the music in my soul or hum/sing to myself instead of listening to mp3 player to save electricity.
    7) I will turn off the phone during class hour to help reducing noise pollution and energy usage.

    If that is not green enough, i will not flush the toilet if i can still see my reflection in the water!

  23. Luloli August 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I am a second year Montessori teacher, and have eliminated having parents send traditional school supplies to the classroom. Instead they are sending in Green paper cleaning products, and I will be making my own cleaning supplies and buying the remaining materials I need. I will use the $20 that the parents have offered to pay to help with the cost. Overall, it should be less expensive and better for the environment. The products you are offering would help me be even more resourceful in my classroom of 3, 4 and 5-year olds. Keep up the good work! I’m already on your email mailing list, and a friend on facebook!

  24. missem127 August 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Using a laptop instead of paper will help save many pages of paper through my college year. This is my first year of college, so a laptop will truly help me connect with other people in college. I will be living in a large city so no need for a car, all I need is a bike and my feet. The amazing tree-smart pencils will help me continue my recycling from the home to the classroom! Thanks a bunch!

  25. tesashel August 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    We buy as many green/recycled school supplies as we can. My son will be getting new jeans and shirts for school, so I will do my best to either resell or donate his clothing that has gotten too small. I also plan to send him to school with his lunch when the cafeteria doesn’t offer anything that he likes, and it will be sent in reuseable containers.

    If I get the chance to continue my college education I will be driving 30 miles each way to get to campus. I plan on getting new tires for my vehicle and keeping them inflated to the correct psi to save on gasoline. I am also going to try to do as much credits at home online as possible, to save on gas.

    I signed up for updates and like U on Facebook: tesa shelton
    tesashel225 (@) aol (.com)

  26. chowder August 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I’m going back to school at my local community college to learn about the photovoltaics (PV) technology and industry as a second career due to the current economic conditions and the dependency on fossil fuel in many of our US industries. I think the average “Johns and Janes” understands “going green” is good but many don’t know “how-to” adopt the technology in ways where they can see real “immediate” benefits. Many want to adopt the green technology effortlessly i.e., we all use and need the telephone but most of us don’t really care how the technology works behind the scene. So how I plan to green my back-to-school routine this year is to educate and demonstrate green real benefits to everyone I know and I meet. Kind of like being a green evangelist in a supportive and informational way vs. green or no green way. Many don’t like change or to adopt new technology; however, people will be more open to green technology when they are being educate/inform in an informational and demonstrating immediate green real benefits where they can see i.e., showing the +/-numbers (in dollar terms) of installing PV modules on their roof to reduce their utility bills, driving hip Nissan Leaf using solar energy harnessed from the PV modules, reverse metering, etc.

  27. teodora August 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I am starting my Master in architecture this fall and last year I’ve purchased a bike for all my rides to the university as I have moved in one of the most eco-friendly places in Holland. I plan to use this bike all year, even in the winter for all my everyday trips. I have been recycling paper since I was 10(I’m 23 now) and I plan to do this all my life! As a believer in vernacular and earth-sheltered architecture, one of my biggest goals in the future is to build as many passive houses I can. Finally one of the goals for this back-to-school fall is to build my very own DIY Egg Carton Seat for my room. You inspire me to be green!

  28. samandsandy August 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    reuse what can be used. hand me downs with 4 teens. left over supplies from previous years. What must be bought will be at green websites.

  29. arodo August 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    with all that equipement ,i´ll have more tools to develope, more and better ideas to improve them into the wolrd and make a better place of it :) !

  30. Sinatras.Sunshine August 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I am leaving my car at home and taking the bus! I’ve also been investing in solar powered products and recycling for years. I attend the Art Institute and we do more projects than essays and such, so I’ve been reusing the materials from my old projects to construct new ones. Some instructors accept a “digital copy” of a layout, to avoid using physical products such as paper and foam core, etc. and I submit my work that way when allowable. I also reuse binders, folders and dividers and I only buy used books and use any tossed magazines for my projects and collages. Environmentalism is an important factor to me and with my design degree I plan on influencing environmentally friendly practices and products with in the Urban Design and Interior design fields. Everyone, Save the planet…WE LIVE HERE!

  31. ReesieD August 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Using less paper & buying mroe recycled products!

  32. agerstein August 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    My kids have been “collecting” pencils for several years now, so we just dip into that collection whenever there’s a need – even sending more than a few back to school when there’s a request. Last years folders were plastic and more durable, so with a little creative label work, they’re this years folders too! Add to that my extensive work recycling all the “oops” print outs, both at home and at work, and we’ve got plenty of paper for printing homework sheets, notes for projects or just to use for scrap paper around the house.

  33. kammi August 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I bring my own food and I also use go green recycle bags, instead of plastic bags.

  34. tastiecake731 August 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    As a Mom of 3 boys we are already doing everything GREEN. Not being able to afford “new” things all of the boys clothes and supplies get passed down. We walk the boys to school and sometimes ride our bikes. Our 15 year old son finished up the last school year with a 4.0 average and will be taking AP coarses this year and the laptop itself would be such a HUGE blessing, as would the others supplies. They all would be used by all 3 boys and for many years to come.

    We also recycle everything that we can now, we have our 2 year old taking papers and plastics to the recycle bins and he gets so proud to be Mommy’s little Helper :0)

  35. wunt August 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I am going to begin the close of my studies, before starting on the graduate studies side; I would like to have made an effort in being environmentally responsible and leave with a “green” footprint. Exploring this website affords me an opportunity to satisfy this wish. I plan on exercising the ‘recycled’ notion for paper goods, writing material, clothing, transportation, and food. As well as be more responsible for my electricity use, moving onto solar power energy source, and being more conscious about the companies that I indirectly support in regards to purchasing common goods. Lastly, I want to promote this awareness on the campus and am planning to take steps to educating the students on through means of starting a club that will address the carbon footprint on campus.

  36. braddamongoose August 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I’m going to ride my bike to school everyday!

  37. August 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Using muscle power to commute, carrying sustenance in re-usable lunch bags and containers, containing learning materials is re-purposed binders, spreading the word to create a more sustainable state of mind in my community and of course, wearing only green, green clothing!

  38. mtnet2000 August 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Save gas by going to the library less

  39. meechdesign August 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    How do I plan to green my back-to-school routine this year? This year I’m taking couses that will teach me how to integrate Green initiatives into my work. First, I chose a college that was the closest to where I live, to reduce carbon emissions. Second, I decided to take a LEED course to learn Green Design principles and will prepare me to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam. Third, I’ll be learning to use Revit Design software which will ultimately help me to work more integratively with others which will save time, cost and energy.

  40. dcr August 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I ride the bus or vanpool to work and this would be great for me.
    – Dan

  41. annaqc69 August 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I always buy my daughter resale clothing.

  42. asmyr42 August 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    This semester, I have determined that I will drive to campus only 3 times or fewer. (I have to allow for some crazy morning when I wake up and have only 20 minutes to get to my seminar!) I’ve realized that since I’m lucky enough to live in a metro area with a fantastic public transit system (DC), I can’t really claim to care about the environment and climate if I don’t make that simple, consistent effort.

  43. mardouk August 12, 2011 at 5:30 am

    my PLAN is to USE THIS Pavilion for on view people that they understand cost of erth .place that we feel calm & live .

  44. autumnautist August 12, 2011 at 5:22 am

    I would like to have green tools to


    a greener world.

  45. matthieu August 12, 2011 at 3:45 am

    This year ? I wish sun in order to to use my bike at maximum! and I will continue to recycle despite of the necessary conditions to do it at school.
    I explain : If you go to school/work/hiking/… with cans or plastic bottles, I am sure that you can come back with the empty cans or bottles if the recycling conditions ar not installed. It is tthe same for cans or bottles bought at school : it is not heavy, come back at home with and recycle it !

    Moreover I will continue to take care about every products I will buy and I will continue to share the best practices. School are not the best places for education?

    Kind regards,

  46. tingler August 12, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I’m going to ride the campus bus and walk more. Fortunately, our school has added lots of recycling stations, so that helps.

  47. amanda alvarado August 12, 2011 at 1:41 am

    We will be using re-usable snack/sandwich bags and lunch bags. We will also be re-using supplies from home instead of buying all new.

  48. tofucute August 12, 2011 at 1:12 am

    reuse. recycle. buy less. walk/bike more. stay vegan.

  49. whippeteer August 12, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Although it will be a face to face course, all submissions and supplemental readings will be electronic. The textbooks are also available in electronic formats.

  50. pegasong August 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I have a college freshman and a high school junior this year. I work at the same school as my junior. Planning on walking/biking to school some this year. (Fortunately within 2 mile radius of the school) I rarely print anything nowadays. I save it to my laptop and just pop it open when I need something. My books are dropped to my Kindle now rather than purchasing more books. And my favorite part is recycling all the old paper and books I can into journals that I gift. :)

  51. hcollinssullivan August 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    As a mother of two elementary students and a student myself I have found that the best way for me and my family to reduce our carbon print would be to start with the reduction of paper. From my experience thus far, on average an elementary student brings home 5-6 sheets of paper (ranging from worksheets, construction paper, or wide ruled paper) a day. As a college student taking online classes, printing out a syllabus, a chapter, and an assignment for one week could range from 50-300 pages. This reduction of paper over an entire school year could make a serious difference. My greening up method is to reduce, reuse, recycle, and reinvent useful items with the papers I accumulate throughout this school year. If just these small steps can make my children more aware of the effect we can have on this earth, then my greening up method will be a success.

  52. Gaye M August 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I’m no longer in school but have two granddaughters in college. They’ve been raised to be environmentally conscious and they buy recycled paper, bamboo linens and clothing, shop for used first. They walk or bike around campus and they’ll be ordering whatever books they can in electronic format.

  53. chinadolls August 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I am going to green by brown bagging it daily

  54. bvsweeper August 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    walk more than drive

  55. dvsweeper August 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I plan on memorizing everything so I won’t use any paper

  56. kcmccollom August 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I am a retired military member who will returning to school using my Post 9/11 GI Bill. I will be studying Interior Environmental Design with a goal of designing better living environments for my wounded warrior brothers and sisters.

  57. EnergyGoat August 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I am a mature student in my second year of Energy Systems Engineering at UOIT in Oshawa, Ontario. Some of the areas of study are Hydrogen Power Systems, Fuel Cell Design, Solar and Wind Technologies. I try to be conscientious in the choices I make for products I buy and where I buy them. This contest would have me prepared to go back in September in style!

  58. planetatmo August 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Hi, I hav ebeen a greeny from way back and after years of banging my head against the so integrated wastefully operating organisations, we are making headway. My children have been subjected to my ‘greening’ for years. My youngest is hence so onto it, that she recycles all her paper products, takes her own water bottle (to refill) at school, picks up waste everywhere and tells people left right and centre how to recycle, compost and re-use. She loves solar powered toys and is currently working on a recycled timber home for her school project. She is so enthused about the prize bundle, especially the solar powered back-pack (she really needs a new one too) and the paper products.
    This morning she said to me “I’ll be the best walking advertisement for ‘green schooling’, I should win!”

    At age 9, I really think she would, and I think she will live a life of ‘Green Technology’ – using, designing and wearing ‘Green’.

    Her name is Lili!

  59. cmolina11 August 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Well, I am resident at a hospital, so I’m planning on doing 3 things to green-up my work:
    1) Join the bike-sharing program! The road that leads to the clinic is perfect for a morning ride — I’ve even started to plan some occasional off-the road trail detours to make it more interesting!
    2) Whenever I have to use the car, I try to “play” this little eco-challenge: try to keep the average fuel consumption for my daily drive above 30 km/l. Then share the tricks and maneuvers needed with my friends in FB. It’s fun, and also competitive!
    3) Will try to convince everyone in the office to use only recycled paper in the printer. It’s amazing how many used sheets with only 1 side printed go to waste in a hospital!

  60. dave-o-riginal August 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    As a returning student to Humboldt State, I plan to use the campus center for reusable office supplies. It is a great resource for anything from folders and notebooks to shelf organizers. It is keeping perfectly reusable supplies from ending up in the landfill and every school should have one.

  61. sarah27 August 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Live, work and play sustainably by powering your needs with the Voltaic backpack, making things happen with Behance, making a record of difference in Ecosystem, staying organized with the Naked Binders, staying Treesmart with the best pencils and discovering the world with HP’s Eco-Solution to seek knowledge.

  62. thumaurms333 August 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I plan to use these renewable resources to extend my web design education. I am going to school for design and have been for awhile, but I would like to start a new certification next year for eco-friendly leed certifications. I love your site and the topics you discuss. The products you present always make me think of innovative ways I could help with my design abilities. My hopes is that one day I wish to be a entrepreneur that’s part of a cause like yours.

  63. intensev5 August 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I subscribe via email – thanks for the chance to win.

  64. intensev5 August 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    how you plan to green your back-to-school routine this year
    I plan on buying green back to school supplies and do a one stop shopping so that I am not driving from store to store. I plan to make a list before I go so I don’t forget anything and do some research on line where to find the products and where to shop for the best prices.

  65. csaulpaugh89 August 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I plan on buying used textbooks and reusing old school supplies such as notebooks.

  66. intensev5 August 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I subscribe via email — thanks for the chance to win.

  67. dcbeare August 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Being a university student I don’t have a lot of money to spend on greening, however I plan to continue growing my indoor container garden at my student apartment (currently growing basil and chives) and plan to expand it to grow oregano, parsley, lettuce, bell peppers and tomatoes. Gotta love growing food only footsteps from the kitchen, not to mention i’ll have fresh local food throughout the fall/winter!

  68. driver4um August 11, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I have given up my vehicle and only have a bicycle now. I only use a water bottle and have it with me at all times. I have taught my roommates what items can and can’t be recycled. They have begun sharing the information with their friends about how much can be recycled. We only buy recycled paper products. And we share everything so that nothing has to go to waste.

  69. RCL August 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I use my laptop on the train and would use the backpack to charge my laptop as I bike between the train station and my office.

  70. alexgh August 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve been gradually greening my school year every year in many ways. I used some funds from working at my old high school’s Solar Academy, a new program to prepare students for the green workforce, to invest electric bike that I’ve been using for two semesters in college. I also plan to use less paper and switch to a laptop or tablet that I will use charged by some 60w solar panels that I also invested in. Moreover, I want to invest in one of the Philips AmbientLed for my most frequently used and intensive lit rooms. Another way I’m going to green my year is to buy digital or used books. I also plan on monitoring all my electric usage using the Kill-a-watt, so I would not waste energy when things aren’t in use. For all my supplies I am going to find the most recycled material possible. Finally, all the basic but important stuff like recycling, conservation of resources, and educate myself by reading environmental blogs.

  71. shafez August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    A group of friends and I have been working all summer and this fall semester we will we founding Fordham University’s first environmental club. The Students for Environmental Awareness and Justice will focus on sustainable stewardship and leading by example to show our peers that green can be easy. We will be green role models in an attempt to not only green ourselves but to green our university.

  72. vadrover August 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I’d love to be able to gift this to a needy nephew. His single mom struggles financially, and this would be a boon for my smart and environmentally conscious teenage nephew!

  73. koriwhitty August 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I no longer use traditional textbooks, I download all of my textbooks now. I don’t use any paper for most of my classes, especially since most of my professors now have everything online. What little paper I do use, i recycle when I am done with it. I also walk to classes, since I live less than a mile from my school.

  74. J4m3z August 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I plan to use public transport, purchase old textbooks and use only recycled stationery.

  75. cupofkona August 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Study on the internet. No travel, no books.

  76. sweetjessie August 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I have purchased partially recycled materials like notebooks for this school semester. Also, I have moved closer to the school so that I can walk instead of having to drive.

  77. Valarie August 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    We’re going back-to-school greener this year by recycling all of our terrible plastic containers and replacing with stainless and glass, reusable and safer containers for packing lunches full of organic goodness. We also switched to solar phone chargers and plan to purchase as many supplies made from recycled materials as possible. This prize pack would really help!

  78. mmvinc994 August 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    What a great back-to-school giveaway! We’re trying to go paperless by printing things out less often and storing them online instead.

  79. clogsdon0023 August 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    In “greening up” my back to school routine, thera are multiple ways in which I plan to reduce my negative impact on the environment. For instance, I currently work with an Upward Bound Program that serves low income, first generation high school students that are going to college. Part of my job as a tutor is to drive to these area high schools and help them raise their test scores and do better in school. These trips to the high schools can sometimes total over one hundred miles per day, 6 different days/times per week. In order to reduce my carbon footprint, (and with the help a laptop) I have found a way to tutor the student virtually–thus reducing my trips to the high schools (not to mention it reduces the student’s carbon footprints as well). With the help of Inhabitat, my goal is to decrease my number of trips I make to zero, but still manage to help the students who are struggling in their high school courses.

    In addition to my work with high school students, I also tutor college students locally as part of my community service. My goal is not only use recycled products (paper, paperclips, pencils, et cetera) when tutoring in a face to face situation but to also commute to the local library using my college’s bike borrowing program, so that I further reduce my carbon footprint and further promote sustainability on my college campus.

  80. plaidrose August 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I decided it was time to start Biking to school again instead of driving! Also reusing old binders and recycled paper instead of buying new stuff!! As my school goes through summer, its already a success

  81. jonnyquesty2k August 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I shall be taking the public transit (hybrid electric vehicle) to school instead of driving there in a petroleum only vehicle, using Vapur or Bobble (own both) bottles with tap water from home instead of purchasing water or flavoured drinks, taking lunch in a reusable zip-lock bag instead of an aluminium foil or clear wrap, using binders and scrap papers from previous years, using my own laptop instead of the school computers, giving my old, small, used clothes to the poor instead of throwing it away, doing my homework in the day so that I don’t have to keep my room light on for hours in the night (the bulbs themselves are already fluorescent), and finally, although I don’t do it and do want to, recycle all of the used paper, cardboard, and other paper materials including desks and tables.

  82. eisbare1986 August 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    As a graduate student, I have fewer supplies to buy, which makes it easier to reduce the impact of back to school time for me. Many of the resources I need can be found online. In addition, I prefer to take notes on my laptop to reduce the amount of paper I use. I do bring my lunch most days, trying to be as waste-free as possible, and I always try to bring my reusable water bottle and coffee mug with me.

  83. bofarr August 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Continuing to use public transport and taking on-line classes whenever possible.

  84. MikeM78 August 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I’m just starting my college trek in my 30s, I thought I’d better mention that before anything else.

    1st, we are planning to prolong summer as long as we can with a new cold frame built around our garden. We hope to keep some our veggies local as long as we can. The garden is small, but it’s a start.

    2nd, we are recycling as many of our clothes as possible. We will be both, dropping off old clothes and picking up gently used clothes.

    3rd, school supplies will hopefully be purchased with the highest count of recycled materials. (We’ll see what we can do here, but it might be a little harder to accomplish as our schools sometimes have specific school lists.)

    4th, I will be retiring an older power hungry home built PC for a newer power sipping version.

    Finally, I will be trying to use digital copies of text books. I’m sure there’s an environmental impact from tablets, but I already have one so killing more trees to get a paper textbook doesn’t sound very green.

    I’d like to say we are doing more, but we’re starting with baby steps.

  85. blondiefrommd August 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I recycle everything, my daughter who is just starting preschool – she is getting a freecycled bookbag ( she is blind ) she doesnt care what it looks like. Hand me down clothing, i reuse paper that the kids drawn and color on, if i absolutley have to print something once im done with it they use it for scrap paper or coloring.

  86. courtney999 August 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    use green paper products

  87. greensthings August 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I am canning and freezing items from my garden to incorporate into my kids lunches. We are shopping for back to school clothing at second hand stores, and resale shops.

  88. rubytom August 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    staying motor vehicle free is green

  89. ndpettingill August 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    How am I going green this year?

    Trying to find parking at my university, Utah State University, is a joke. So my hubby and I bought a scooter. Totally green? No. But at least it’s a step in the right direction. This method of transport will also work for regular living because our town is so small. I’ve actually been looking for a cute basket to attach somewhere to help aid in grocery hauling.

    I am also on the list to receive my “free” Aggie Blue Bike. (see the link below for details). Basically I am hoping to get a free used bike to ride throughout the next semester, and if I’m lucky enough, next summer I will get it again.
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    Unfortunately it snows too much in Utah to use during the winter months. I’m sure you’re thinking I will be driving my car during the winter, because scooters and bikes are no bueno. WRONG! Logan, Utah also has a FREE bus sytem that caters to the entire valley. Lucky for me, I have a bus stop just down the street.

    I certainly haven’t always been this green, but I’ve progressively been taking steps in the right direction for the past year or so. We are on the tail-end of our condo remodel, which now has a tankless water heater and energy efficient appliances in the kitchen. (take my word, this has been a blessing compared to the originals that came from the 1980’s)
    We planted a “dry-scape” to help with water maintenance, and our ajoining neighbors and us will be putting up a reclaimed fence in the coming weeks. P.S. the wood was completely free. All we had to do was haul it away, and we are waiting for the refinishing to be finished.

    I must also mention that our community has incorporated a recycling program. We have a big blue bin out front to match the big black bin. We do our best to do our part.

    I look forward to our green lifestyle progressing, and I’m really looking forward to the next semester.

    With an HP Pavilion, that is.

  90. classof2016er August 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I plan on packing my own lunch mostly, so I don’t have to use styrofoam cups. When I do eat out with my friends, I plan to bring my own utensils, this way my carbon footprint is less.

  91. annettellieu August 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I’m returning to school after a long break and this giveaway will really be able to help me in my major, Interior Architecture. Since I’m pursuing an art major, Behance and Ecosystem will be very useful since those notebooks will be with me everywhere, being used everyday. The backpack and laptop are amazing products and I won’t feel guilty carrying the giveaway items because they’re all eco-friendly.
    All these products will also be a very good inspiration for me to think of how to incorporate green design into my own works.
    I really hope I will be able to use these items for school this upcoming semester!

  92. shanerh August 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I’ll help to turn the tide BACK to more kids walking and biking to school than those being driven. We’ll make active transportation the best choice for getting to and from school!

  93. leslieannec August 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I plan on letting my kids do more school work and projects online instead of using so much paper and only buying the supplies that they truly need/use. Plus we can recycle paper that is used by shredding it and using it for wrapping gifts in bags or using it as bedding for our mouse(Cuddles..loves to run/tunnel through the paper)!

  94. mikecampton August 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I’m more excited than ever to go back to school. I’ve just recently become the owner of an iPad and I am stoked to use it in class just as much as I love to use it for games and other stuff. The amount of paper I used to print notes and worksheets last semester was ridiculous.

    This semester I just can’t wait to load all my PDF and Power Point notes onto my iPad. And of course on top of that I get to buy the eBook version for my textbooks now and save a ton of money and hassle. The iPad has got to be the greenest gadget out there for a college student.

    When I’m not in class, I’m out on the quad all day studying or hanging out all day. There aren’t any power sockets out there so it would be really rad if I could charge my gadgets just by leaving my backpack out in the sun.

    I also just got a bike so I get to bike to school from now on. Cutting carbon emissions, saving money and getting fit. Best invention ever.

    I can’t wait for the new academic year!

  95. dot August 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I will walk EVERYWHERE this GREEN Fall season!

  96. 3dnathaniel August 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    How I plan to green my back-to-school routine this year? I live in San Francisco and attend the University of San Francisco Architecture & Community Design program. I am working hard to encourage urban agriculture, urban greening and creative reuse in the community as well as getting more of these ideas incorporated in to the university environment. My first personal green goal this semester is to grow enough produce in my apartment to cover all of my produce needs. As I write this, I have a full flat of Arugula growing nicely next to me on my desk.

  97. sarahannmegg August 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Next semester begins my second year at Prescott College. I currently am living in Bisbee Arizona, six miles away from the Mexico border, studying Sustainable Community Development. I will be kept extremely busy, learning and growing with two awesome opportunities. An internship in the City of Bisbee Community Development department as well as a Coordinator position for the Greenway Elementary School youth Garden are the focuses for my education. I enjoy working in this community on many levels and strive to walk lightly and “green-up” every aspect of what I am doing. My whole education is based on how to live in the new paradigm of conscious choices with our habitat in mind. Forever.

  98. pixiehell August 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I plan to use my laptop to take notes this year instead of using so much paper. I also plan to download available textbooks to my Kindle.

  99. jetle25 August 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    lisa frank

  100. Willow8k August 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I am beginning my midwifery education and have bought school supplies that are partially recycled. Binder with 30% post consumer board. Recycled note cards. Recycled folders. 100% recycled printer paper. Recycled pens. It gets expensive. I would love the supplies listed. And my boyfriend has wanted a new laptop for some time. THough I wouldn’t mind it myself.

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