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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!

2. BECOME A FAN OF INHABITAT ON FACEBOOK 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. subhanmps August 24, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I will green my back-to-school by travelling by foot to school and I will leave school bus because it pollutes our nature and environment, I would like to pay special attention at our canteen for a healthy environment.. :)

  2. ketantendulkar August 24, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Trying to live as a minimalist – walking to destinations, using less, never wasting, keeping beautiful earth beautiful, making life a pleasure to others by living for others….

    Our motto is to

    “Give back more than we take!”

  3. donnak4 August 24, 2011 at 2:21 am

    We recycle and use terracycle.

  4. donnak4 August 24, 2011 at 2:20 am

    We recycle and save for terracycle.

  5. donnak4 August 24, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I signed up for your newsletter.

  6. Gwyn_Geology August 24, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I teach environmental science and try to “walk the talk” at home and away…But no-one’s perfect. :)

    The biggest change I’m making is to decline teaching a class at a campus an hour away and use the time, energy, and commuting costs in better ways, such as:

    1) packing my lunches every weekday … and trying to get more sustainable offerings at the campus cafeteria and coffee shops,

    2) organizing a campus Freecycle group to REDUCE-Reuse-recycle all sorts of items … and continuing to declutter the garage and donate or repurpose what I do not truly need,

    3) spending more time with my family … and moving further toward a vegetarian diet.

    I’ve gotten many additional ideas from the posted comments – Thanks, all!

  7. shelly2099 August 24, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I love finding things that are green. I try to use as much as I can!!

  8. stephen wissing August 24, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I plan to green my routine by saving gas. I just finished building my sweet 50cc moped, which gets 110 mpg! I will ride that baby to school every day!! Nice.

  9. scottspethman August 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I just started my classes yesterday and my five year old laptop died today. The new laptop would really keep me going with my courses especially with my English class and it’s many essays. I would also be the talk of the campus with my super awesome new solar paneled backpack!

  10. heather c August 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    We plan to buy recycled paper, use our 3-prong poly folders from four years ago (we use them over and over) and recycle our mechanical pencils from last year (we’ll just buy lead this year). The kinder will need water for PE, so we’ll get an HDPE or an LDPE reusable bottle for that. Safe and green!

  11. RDyRN August 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    my niece sure could use this

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