Enter Our Green Back-to-School Contest to Win $150 of Eco Loot!

by , 08/18/10

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Excited about going back to school? Not really, huh? Well, we’ve got something that might help get you fired up about hitting the books. We’re giving away a killer green back-to-school bundle (worth $150) chock full of eco goodies to one lucky winner – and it could be you! This sweet package includes 3 gorgeous 100% recycled hardcover notebooks in assorted colors and styles by ecosystem, 2 100% recycled binders from Naked Binder, 2 Naked Binder tabs, 2 Naked Binder pouches and to carry it all to class in, an eco-chic Instinctive Approaching Pack made from 100% recycled polyester!

Even if you’re not the grand prize winner, 10 more readers will be receiving one Moleskine-style ecosystem notebook each – so you have even more chances to get some free eco school supplies. And if you know a tot gearing up to go back to school this fall be sure to check out our back-to-school giveaway on Inhabitots!


1. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE > (If you are not already a subscriber). We’ll be announcing the winners 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. *Extra points for poetry and verse!* The deadline for this fabulous giveaway is August 30th. 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 Instinctive Bags

Perfect for students looking to start school with a light footprint, Instinctive‘s stylish and eco-friendly backpacks are made from ultra-durable 100% recycled 600 D polyester. Their versatile Approaching pack features a padded 15″ laptop sleeve and two large compartments big enough to stow everything you need for a day on campus. Best of all, each pack is ethically manufactured in a Fair Labor Association and Social Accountability International approved factory and comes with a lifetime guarantee!

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About ecosystem

These vibrant Moleskine-like ecosystem notebooks and journals have all of the beauty and simplicity of that other brand, 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.

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 an ugly, cheap, disposable society. Everything they use to manufacture and ship their products is either recycled or recyclable (mostly both).

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  1. Chris4165 September 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Everything in my backpack is green and being charger by the sun. I love free & clean energy!

  2. jenni104 August 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Notebooks,binders, laptop, a new dress,
    Back to school can be such a stress.
    But this year I vow to be very green
    My footprint will tell a story of clean.
    Can’t be recycled it’s not what I’ll carry
    It’s not just for Xmas we want the Earth merry!
    Solar power to recharge and so much more
    You can find it now at many a store.
    Inhabitant’s newsletter and blog will help me
    be as Earth friendly as I can be.
    So this year when I go back to school
    Doing everything green is my number one rule.

  3. mark.redetzke@bonton.com August 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    my green school tip is old school… cut up brown paper grocery bags make for great book covers, just be sure the kids decorate the bag before they put it on the book.

  4. annawieland August 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Working in the South Bronx is always a challenge. These school supplies will help me jumpstart my school year. I have already spent so much money on school supplies for my students and this $150.00 in supplies would lighten the burden.

  5. Gr8chefmb August 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Haiku Ode to Inhabitat

    Plastic water bottles are
    Recycled into cool new backpack
    That I hope to win today

  6. cyni August 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Hoorray! School days again!

  7. SqueakyDC August 22, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I’m a grandmother going to school online and I love doing my work outdoors. I would love to win this bundle so it would be easier for me to take my things to the park and study. I love the wonderful colors and that everything is ‘green’!!

    It’s off to school I go
    I really like eco

    I promise to not be mean
    I’ll do my best to be green

    I want this pack upon my back
    In my room on the rack

    With a naked binder
    I’m a lucky finder

    I’ll ride my bicycle
    To do some more recycle

    With a great big smile
    And a lot of style!!

  8. lissa223 August 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Love ecosystem notebooks!

  9. kenthepilot August 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Free can be Eco friendly

  10. IBC24 August 20, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Great products and site!! Never get tired of viewing all. thnx

  11. brianvk August 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I will: walk whenever possible, use public transportation instead of the car for longer trips whenever possible, recycle or re-purpose old school supplies, always use a re-usable metal water bottle and re-gift the filtered plastic jobber, print everything in duplex mode on recycled/able paper, use the power saving options on all my gadgets, and charge all my awesome stuff with that awesome solar backpack!

  12. FerociousFeline August 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Intelligent Design is our future. We are behind the curve, below our potential and need to play catch-up for the sake of Mother Earth. This inhabitat makes me happy.

  13. brnd1968 August 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Going green this year by re using the paper that has only been printed on one side when we are printing out informational pages. Also have totally eradicated bottled waters and juice boxes, as all of our lunch and snack boxes are full of 100% reusable containers. Filtered tap water in reusable water bottles, as well as juice. We also have begun to experiment with re-growing things we may otherwise throw away (bottom of celery bunch or onion, potato bits , etc.

  14. treehugginvamp August 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I will be sending my daughter lunch in reusable containers this year to cut down on cafeteria waste and as usual I will be buying post consumer recycled school supplies. My daughter is going into 1st grade in the gifted program and is very environmentally conscious. This would be a great conversation starter for her to encourage her friends to be more eco-friendly.

  15. sbhoyt August 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    We shall walk and not squawk.
    And put stink in our socks.
    Our so stinky feet will cause others to talk .
    But at the end of the week the air will be sweet
    As we chose not to ride but to walk.

    Our city is starting to look smoggy!

  16. dianelereculey August 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    To become green
    I will be seen
    When I go on bike
    To do something I like
    Before I go to school.

    Because I am no fool
    I will make my lunch
    And carry it in a hunch.
    This will be green
    When I go into the canteen

    Well, I tried a poem…
    But here’s what I’ll do this year:
    -Either walk to school or take the bike, depending on how far the school will be
    -I will go to the Eco club I know takes place in the school
    -Make my own lunch and keep it in boxes and not packaging
    -Since I’m in England, I will recycle all of my wastes
    -Have a compost
    -Make recycled paper like I learned to do last year :)
    -Use none or very little chemical products
    -And make my family go green with me! 😀
    Thanks for everything

  17. charbar11 August 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I am moving in to residence this year, and therefore I have the opportunity to change my ways, and go green. I plan on recycling as much as possible, which means searching my house, 2nd hand stores and more to find things for my room. I am really hoping not to buy anything new! Secondly, I will try to use as much artificial light as possible in my room, and reduce my shower time. I will use eco friendly/ green laundry detergent, and only wash when I have non more clothes to where. With all of this, I am hoping I can get my roommate in as well on trying to go green this year!

  18. maryc_21211 July 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I am trying to get both of my children on a green kick. These products would assist a lot. I plan of using all recyclable materials.

  19. volemek August 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    for back to school this
    dad would love to have a new
    eco diaper bag

  20. laurenbellsharp August 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Backpacks and binders
    what a surprise
    its every school year
    the same exercise
    but this year is new
    this year is different
    I might save a tree
    or i might save two
    I want to be helpful
    I want to be clean
    Or maybe even green
    These eco friendly Inhabitat products
    are surly the ones for me
    Let’s give a shout
    let’s lend a hand
    So mother nature can forever stand!

    So this year i want to make an effort to use less paper and maybe email my research papers rather than print them. I also want to use recycled product …thanks Inhabitat.

  21. ana calles August 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    The books are back to waste more trees
    but with INHABITAT you can (really) use paper wisely
    the world is not in a good shape
    so we need to make it straight
    i will do these things to help our earth
    these are just examples of what we should do to our mother earth

    *RECYCLE*At school *REUSE* At school *REDUCE*At school

    -paper -plastic -energy computer burns
    -plastic -glass -trash
    -aluminum -cloth -plastic
    -glass -books -solar energy
    -cloth -shoes -hot water use
    -cardboard -toys -air pollution
    -metal -binders -plant watering
    -wood -toilet paper rolls-turn heat down a little
    -rubber -paper -reusable utensils
    -wire -carpet -making a garden

    I will make sure to recycle and reuse
    at school at home and i will also reduce
    so i will go back to school (GREEN)
    with my Eco-friendly school supplies that INHABITAT will give me!

  22. astewart1516 August 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

    As our Mother Earth provides us with life,
    We show our gratitude by polluting with our rides.
    Ditch the car, drive a bike
    Make a difference even if you are just one.
    Spread the word, share the news,
    That we must do what’s right for me and you.
    Green is the way to go,
    And I will practice by three valuble words,
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
    School is almost back in session,
    I must get ready!
    Going to get eco-friendly supplies
    in which will not poison our gift of life.
    I will be an example to many eyes,
    I hope I make a difference even if it changes just one.

  23. from1mom2another July 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    We plan on using recyled paper ( and using dry erase boards when possible to prevent the waste of paper) We also use old worksheets & non important papers and cut them up to use as a note pad and recyle everything that can be recyled. We try to teach our kids how to start being more “green” so that thier grandkids can enjoy this beautiful earth!

  24. drivnuhome July 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I love new finds! I was looking for ways to teach my daughter more about the products that can be made by recycled materials. She keeps “slipping” on her recycling duties. These are beautiful and new! Sharing link!

  25. chiste1904 July 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    We take turns in the carpool
    to take the kids to school

    We purchased recycled paper
    to be in the worlds favor

    We need to get a Hybrid car
    only my savings are very far

    Winning free school supplies
    would be an awesome surprise

  26. oatz September 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    from the polyester bag with the laptop sleeve
    to the ecosystem notebook didn\’t cut no trees
    pretty colored naked binder recycled Harmony
    thank you to Inhabit for these products BE!

  27. schnooky September 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    this is a very exciting contest,i am actually a HUGE fan of INHABITAT. i am a inspires all the time in everything i see and read. BUT winning a \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ NAKED BINDER \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” for my sons will get me a little more cred when i am excited by something i see on INHABITAT and i want them to come see and read. (it is an education about the world ….. people are so creative) i have one one who is a freshman at MARYLAND a VERY green university AND one who is a junior in high school is also a great thing as well

  28. joanewells@mac.com September 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

    My AHS Freshman Year: Started the Green Team
    My AHS Sophomore Year: Recycling in the Cafeteria, Recycling at Football Games, Recycling Electronics, Recycle, Recycle, Recycle.
    My Junior Year: Biodiversity skit and activity for 4th Graders, Clean up the Roadsides, Clean up the School Yard, Environment, Environment, Environment.
    My Senior Year: Buttons instead of big fat mums, solar instead of battery. Reduce, Reduce, Reduce. The best is yet to come. Go Fight WIN AHS Green Team!!!

  29. r_mindiola September 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I am a recycling specialist for a school district and this is right up my alley!

  30. sasadler August 31, 2010 at 1:26 am

    my daughter Elly
    Starts middle school in a week
    She needs all the help
    She can get

  31. tammyvsa August 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    My 14 year old son Jack, attends a charter school called Rainshadow. The curriculum centers around an environmental theme, particularly regarding our beautiful Truckee River, which winds through the city. The kids are taught to revere and respect the river through programs to tend to the river and spread the word of their environmental cause. This eco-friendly school is something that WE as a family support and are so grateful to be a part of. I think considering that Jack attends this school and as a young environmentalist that it would only be appropriate that his school supplies are helping to set the tone of their mission as a community and further his support in his own mind and behavior. Not to mention how cool he would look sporting there eco conscious products…we all know the importance of the coolness factor at this tender age. Thank you for the opportunity to win these great products!!

  32. cindip1 August 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

    These useful and colorful supplies would be wonderful to win for my teen.
    They are fun, fabulous, and functional but best of all, your products are green!

  33. revit4greenfuture August 30, 2010 at 12:32 am

    The science building at school where I take most of my classes is LEED certified. This means the green school supplies can be friends with the building. ^_^

  34. guelphgreen August 29, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I use both sides of the page and reuse the ones with one side used that I find in the recycling bin! reduce, reuse, recycle…

  35. mr_ufoman August 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Just bought a brand new Mac so I need that pack to put it in haha. Now I\’m scrounging for money thanks apple!

  36. yshahnyc August 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Hark what yonder tree there sings
    Speaks of death to forests classroom brings
    Suggestion of what recycled notebook rings
    I make note with heartfelt yearning swings

    From battlefields in construction site
    Where LEED APs with designers and builders fight
    We advocate with diplomatic might
    Return to school and expand our foresight

    Backpack, notebooks, naked binder
    My baby steps as ecologically kinder

  37. Diana Maria August 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    This year I tried my best to share my love about how much I love this little planet…I always try to make people understand that if the Green life dies,we’ll die too..but seems like they never understand but I won’t give up.
    I already talked with a few friends and we’re pretty excited about making some events about recycling stuff and growing plants and stuff like that. ^^ Hopefully people will come and share the love for our planet aswell.

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  39. junosong August 29, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Clean air, I like the way it feels
    So I’ll do my part and recycle
    A car’s too much, I don’t even need two wheels
    I’ll carry everything on my nifty little unicycle

    I’ve got an Ecosystem notebook and a cool Naked binder
    All tucked nicely into my awesome instinctive bag
    This way I can repay my earth and be a little kinder
    And offset the CO2 emission by that old smoking hag

  40. auntiethesis August 29, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Each day we ditch the car and walk so we can save some gas
    I bought recycled paper too for the notes we take in class
    We pack a lunch in our green lunchbox and baggies we reuse
    We even stopped buying drinks, we pack a thermos of juice

  41. roodrigo August 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    green back ti school: reuse paper for my notes, do not use my car and moving on bycicle.

  42. hfnguyen August 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Being a kangaroo, packing my bag with all green grass for the loved ones.

  43. macrumpton August 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

    A backpack? For me? What a totally awesome surprise!

  44. Suiky August 28, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Back to the school
    back to the university, in my case
    back to the routine
    back to bags, notebooks, naked binders
    Back to what I really like
    back to design

  45. retta69 August 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I’d be biking everyday that I can, snow permitting, this school year and sporting the sweet eco-friendly gear to show-off/inspire others about being green!

  46. AntiCubicle August 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I goto an art and design school, woo woo! Sustainable design will be our first project for the semester.

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