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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!

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. Ferdinand A. August 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I think that I shall never see
    A price package as green as a tree.
    With backpack where recycling is first,
    Binders to put disposables to rest,
    And tabs and pouches – gorgeous I say,
    These will help our forest to stay.

    These products will green school days for me
    And Inhabitat will give it for free.

  2. LAST CHANCE to Score a ... August 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    […] School starts next month, so if you’re gearing up for another academic year why not enter our Back-to-School giveaway to win this sweet bundle of eco school supplies (worth over $150)! The prize includes 3 gorgeous 100% recycled hardcover notebooks by ecosystem, 2 100% recycled binders from Naked Binder, 2 Naked Binder tabs, 2 Naked Binder pouches and to top it all off, an Instinctive Approaching Pack made from 100% recycled polyester. This weekend is your last chance to enter, so what are you waiting for — enter today! […]

  3. berdofparalife August 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Everyday I will empty the bucket that is my brain and sort through what has been collected there.
    The junk thoughts will be weeded out, ground up and offered as compost, or blown to the wind.
    But all the enticing visions of the day, all those that compel a closer look, those visions that with just a little cooking turn to reverie, those will be channeled down and tenderly bundled up to form islands of experience on oceans of serene white pages bound in the vibrant colors of the natural world. I will build bridges of associations, copy out the maps imprinted on my senses and nurture whatever formations emerge as this puzzling life lays out its pieces in the pages of my days.
    And when the task is done, when I have put it all down, I’ll wrap and snap it all up and strap my sculptured dreams on my back, and out of my head I will head out on the road of the present moment
    with wide hungry eyes and a breeze in my mind and a wildly fresh perspective, ready to listen, to look and to learn.

  4. sassfactory August 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    (to the tune of Queen’s “We Are the Champions”)

    I’ve gone back to school
    time after time;
    I’ve had the same backpack
    since 1999.
    Eco mistakes;
    I’ve made a few…
    But through high school, college, and now my MFA,
    But I’ve learned to reuse!

    I’m a recycler, my friend!
    And I’ll keep on fighting – till the end!
    I’m a recycler – I’m a recycler!
    No time for garbage,
    ‘Cause I’m a recyclin’ – kind of girl!

    I’ll print double-sided papers,
    type onto a screen,
    Instead of wasting plastic with pen and ink,
    I’m going green!

    It won’t be too easy,
    my school lacks blue bins,
    But with public transit, reusable containers, and my water bottle,
    the earth’s gonna win!

    I’m a recycler, my friend!
    And I’ll keep on fighting – till the end!
    I’m a recycler – I’m a recycler!
    No time for garbage,
    ‘Cause I’m a recyclin’ – kind of girl!

  5. NovembersWhim August 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    As a theatre major, recycling and re-using are ingrained in us. Unless something is truly disintegrating we throw out nothing. Everyone in the program tries to do everything we can to be as green as possible, so being able to say that my stuff for school is green as well would give my class mates an added incentive to help us become the greenest group on campus.

  6. Anneke August 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I already do a lot to be more eco-friendly, including taking public transportation everywhere I go and making sure to use as little paper as possible, among other things. For this year I’m planning to start riding my bike to school, and checking the packaging on the products I buy to make sure I don’t get any with very harmful ingredients or materials, or any with excessive packaging.

  7. Logictom August 27, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I will be giving up the bus route after picking up a new bike, increase my fitness, reduce my costs and carbon footprint!

  8. Woodstock August 27, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I’ll be biking, hiking, and waste disliking;
    Reducing, then reusing the products of my choosing;
    Bringing my own fork, while I wait out the stork;
    Garden food boosts my learning mood;
    Packing for my health helps to spare the wealth;
    Keeping the Earth free by saving one more tree;
    Home to wherever I might roam;
    Doing right to help the fight;
    Being kind trumps being blind;
    It’s only fair that I share;
    It’s my choice to use my voice;
    Going green because it’s clean!

    I’m out the door and right on track…with my new spiffy backpack?

  9. anreise August 26, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I have begun commuting by bicycle everyday on my beat-up dog of a mountain bike. Each day I ride 9 miles round trip on nobby tires. In the month of august I have logged 135 miles for a total CO2 reduction of 132 pounds! It’s fun, but also hard work and I have to pack extra clothes to change into once I arrive. I sure could use a new backpack to carry all my gear in and an eco-friendly donation from inhabitat would certainly keep me from purchasing a cheaper, less eco-friendly bag.

  10. JoeSpeaks August 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Kindergarden started in San Francisco last week. My daughter’s destination is new, but the journey is familiar perched atop the rack of Dad’s bicycle, and her “new” pink backpack was the perfect Goodwill treasure. She doesn’t spend any time wondering if we could afford a car or a new backpack. She is growing up with the wonder and adventure that comes with simple, self-made, shared, and self-propelled. More importantly, the other kids all want a turn on the back of the bicycle — and other parents have decided to give it a try. For us, greening back-to-school isn’t about what we bring to class — it’s about what we can share.

  11. marsmckay August 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Awesome, I heart inhabitat! I also heart free stuff!

  12. kammi August 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I am a subscriber of Inhabiat via email and RSS. I am a fan of Inhabiat on Facebook. I shared the contest w/ over 400 friends on Facebook. I do not tweet anymore since they perm disabled my account. Even though I do not go to school and not a student, I would def use those school supplies when I work with my autistic clients. I have a lot of paperwork and that I would use them! It def comes in handy!! lol

  13. kammi August 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I am a subscrier

  14. jetbaby_2000 August 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    This year I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m using a digital tablet, pen scanner, and OneNote to take my notes for class rather than using paper notebooks or notepaper.

  15. ihadira August 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I am currently working in a lab at a university as part of my research project and we are conducting research on phytoplankton ecophysiology. Phytoplankton are primary producers and account for about half of the photosynthesis on our beautiful planet. Most of us attribute oxygen production to the plants and trees on land but actually, we have phytoplankton to thank for about half of the oxygen produced. Since phytoplankton are so small, it is easy for us to overlook their contribution. Phytoplankton are important to the health of our planet because they take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Unfortunately, excess carbon dioxide caused by human activity has resulted in ocean acidification that affects phytoplankton physiology. I am currently going to school to become a biological oceanographer. I love riding my bike to school and I am currently working on converting our car to electric. I am doing this with my hubbie who is also going to school to become a physical oceanographer. We need the car only during the winter when it snows since we still ride our bikes in the beautiful Oregon rain. Eventually we would love to live completely off the grid but as renters, we are somewhat limited. The backpack would be super sweet since I do not have a backpack yet for school because my almost 20-year-old backpack saw the end of its days as my backpack last spring and has since been upcycled by a local artist.

  16. xocolatlklc August 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I’m an environmental engineering student living on nothing. I’d love to sport your Eco Loot — things I love created in ways I support, but not things I can afford.

  17. silkegroth August 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Want to hear my opinion? Well: edpalacio should get it! ;)))

  18. ktdearest August 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Those colored note books are amazing. I might be one of the oldest students in the class but I can sure look stylish with this packet of goodies!

  19. lilaklopfel12 August 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Now is the school year of our discontent
    Cheaply made backpacks, and ten cent notebooks
    The garbage cans fill with recyclables
    Feel the breeze on your face, the sun out back
    Earth is worth protecting can’t you see that?
    This small deed may not make a difference
    For as Henry David Thoreau stated
    “Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”
    But there’s always a chance to start the trend
    The trend to go green and truly mean it
    I mean it this year I want to do good
    Starting now, with my poem to Go Green.

  20. kinitoki August 25, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I am attending Saint Louis University and I am part of the inaugural Masters of Sustainability program! Yeah SLU and Sustainability!

  21. Ellabess August 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I take the bus or walk to school
    because the best of us think its cool.
    Taking notes on my refurbished Mac
    to save the trees and give a little back.
    Getting my degree will be a chore
    but then I\’ll open my green store!

  22. palmbay August 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    would love to have all this cool things for school.

  23. greensthings August 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I am trying to go Green,
    But I fear it is just a Dream.
    The Schools ask for lots of Paper,
    Trying to find recycled is a caper.
    I want to do my best,
    At giving Mother Nature a Rest.
    My kids just want to fit in,
    and I want to grin,
    knowing with eco-loot,
    I won’t get the boot!

    Thank you, for holding such a wonderful giveaway, I truly appreciate it! I am a 3 time cancer survivor (age 10, brain tumor[Menegeoma], age 21 Uterine Cancer [discovered when I was 6 months pregnant], age 36 skin cancer), as well as a Service Connected Disabled Veteran (US Army 6 years).

  24. junkbabe68 August 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    My kids would absolutely die for this lovely giveaway! I have one in college and two in high school. It would be well used. I love this website — so many cool things to browse. Thanks for the good work!

  25. nchapman August 25, 2010 at 2:37 am

    My plans for greening my “back to school” routine are pretty obvious: taking my own lunch, using a reusable cup for coffee, and getting there on my bike (or occasionally the bus).

  26. Patricia Sunia August 24, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    “Take the bus,
    ride the bike,
    walk to campus,
    hey, why not hike?”

    The options are many,
    I tell myself so,
    to live a life in the university,
    that saves nature and some dough.

  27. pumaman20 August 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    i like how your products are environment friendly and have amazingly cool designs!!! there are so many cool things on your website!

  28. ecoman August 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    During this semester in my Photovoltaic Intoduction class I will explain to everyone the importance of becoming more ‘environmentally friendly’ as I’m sure many discussions will be brought up. I have bought some recycled materials; rulers, pens, pencils, water bottles, composition book, and clothes. I would be very grateful to win this contest, however if I did not it would not stop my everyday goal to create a better, cleaner, safer and greener world.

  29. Karrie FFN August 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    back to school, it’s fall

    learn the golden rule: grow green

    Packed lunch, walking there

  30. goldenboy August 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm


    I am an Environmental Technology major and I am run the CSAF (campus sustainability assessment framework) program within my school. I\’m returning for my second year and would love to sport this great eco package back to school. For the amount of writing and school work I do I feel winning this package would be very eco friendly step!

  31. st_lawson August 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    four words: walk more, drive less

    I drive too often when I could easily walk. I live close enough to campus, and at least until November, the weather is usually nice enough to do so in the fall.

  32. cscully August 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I will be walking to campus

  33. Quesi.Roberts August 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    This semester as I travel to study abroad in China, exploring the culture and the architecture having a bag to carry my things is always a must. The backpack will help as walk exploring the cities and the sketchbooks are a vital in my daily sketches of the sightes and sounds all around me

  34. ret0dd August 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Here’s me green back-to-school haiku.

    Cycling to class
    Emits no carbon gases
    And your butt looks better.

  35. Win an Eco Bag and $150... August 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    […] Were you thinking about paying for school supplies this year? Why bother when you could win them for free! That’s right, we’re giving away a sweet bundle of green back-to-school goodies to one lucky winner – and it could be you! This prize package (worth over $150) includes 3 gorgeous 100% recycled hardcover notebooks 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 style, an Instinctive Approaching Pack made from 100% recycled polyester! So what are you waiting for — enter today! […]

  36. klg143 August 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I will walk to class
    not drive, and I’ll bring my lunch…
    green is the new black

  37. avponikvar August 24, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I’m planning on packing my lunch in a reusable stainless steel lunch box this year, to cut out the plastic bags people often use to pack and the disposable styrofoam trays offered by the school cafeteria. Very excited!

  38. rapunzel4evr August 24, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Almost makes going back to school bearable!

  39. jeremiahbwhite August 23, 2010 at 8:54 am

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  40. Vicki August 23, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Back-to-school can be such a chore,
    preparing is always a bore.
    But with eco-loot like that bag,
    and sweet school supply swag,
    my classmates MIGHT turn greener than me!

  41. black_white747 August 22, 2010 at 10:09 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!

  42. black_white747 August 22, 2010 at 10:08 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!

  43. edpalacio August 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I will… I will… Well… I will do most of the things people say here: I’ll continue walking, I’ll continue using public mass transportation, I’ll continue turning the lights off and making others do the same, trying to make “Greeness” a choosing factor when shopping, just to name a few… But I’ll do MORE! The actions stated before are no longer enough (And I invite all the people at the site to read this). As many talkers say (And Inhabitat inspires): We have to go big! And I say big in the sense of scope (Big funding’s not mandatory). Big companies are no longer the sole culprit; we can all make a change: Get to know the problem and find the simplest solution… Associate yourself, as the Africans (And Al Gore) say: “If you want to go fast go alone… If you want to go far go together”. But as the Director of the WBCSD’s Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project say: “We want to go far, quickly! » Go big!
    So… I’ll:
    1) Get involved!
    I’ll participate in Green projects, aka Auto Sustainable ones… Now, I’m working on one called Bio-schools that aim to build schools (In zones that are difficult to access) out of materials that you normally wouldn’t think of re use and that represent a problem worldwide (Ex: Tires)… It’ll be self-sustainable and due to the lack of capable staff for teaching in Colombia mostly taught virtually.
    2) Get my voice heard!
    Demand more out of the Government and out of the enterprises! Make them know that Green could be a strategic move and differentiate themselves in the market. We’re going to have a one day event sponsored by the major companies of the region that have presence of Green Engineering in them, invite national and international experts to show a light on how green is essential and entrepreneurial. A student organized event that we fought hard to be Green themed, I’m part of the organization team.
    3) Devore knowledge…
    Kaisen: Japanese for “Do it better every day”, and in order to make it better every day you have to know how. But knowledge’s not only in the books. Places like Inhabitat are great to get up to speed with what’s current and to find inspiration.
    4) Go green as deep as you can.
    Everything’s a matter of choice… So choose Green shopping! If I win, you’ll save me a really expensive shopping spree (Since most of those things are not even in Colombia)
    5) Make it cool!
    As Majora Carter, the Macarthur-winning founder of Sustainable South Bronx says: “Make green the new black”… Get it in cocktail conversations and in talks with friends or a part of your everyday outfit: I’ll love to have my College look green (Get the hint? ;D).
    Since enterprises are demand driven. If consumers demand Green, they’ll provide.
    6) Work on my rimes!
    Since it’ll help me get the bag, the binder, and the notebooks that I dream of.

  44. eluzyon August 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    :) not only green but also very stylish! Love the pack!!

  45. sciencebaer August 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I plan on always using reusable packaging products everyday for packing my lunch for school, *strongly* encouraging all of my students to recycle all of their papers and even having them bring their recyclables to my room so that I can take them home for recycling at the curb (though I want to try to see if I can get a weekly plastic/metal recycling pickup at my school), and if I see other teachers printing on only one side, I will encourage them to print 2 sided copies.

  46. artturion August 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Hello!!! i would love an Instinctive Bag for college!!!

  47. artturion August 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Hello Im a architect student in Mexico. I love your blog. i would love an Instinctive Bag ^_^

  48. zaul89 August 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Back to school it is,
    and to go green, i have lots of ideas for this.
    Start by using mechanical pencils.
    They make for great school utensils.
    Follow that with an amazon kindle.
    It makes text books tickle my pickle.
    Of course you will need a laptop.
    For that i will chose the Acer timeline.
    It\\\’s attractive, as well as thin and light,
    with a battery that will last you day and night.
    To get to school don\\\’t forget to use public transportation.
    Read a book until I reach my destination.
    Also try to buy goods made from recycled materials.
    It;s all so simple.
    It\\\’s time for a change.
    After all, we do live in a new age.
    A time to reduce, reuse and recycle,
    It isn\\\’t rocket science, much easier than riding a unicycle.
    So this year lets all go green,
    Help keep the world clean.

  49. aminx August 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    i teach art with an afterschool program for at-risk/disadvataged elementary school. we reuse, recycle and repurpose as much of our limited supplies as possible for our art projects. and since i don’t have my own classroom/space, i could definitely use the backpack to haul stuff around!

  50. ineo August 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    As a design major, I have to do lots of drawing- this means that I use a LOT of paper, and luckily not many textbooks. This maeans the easiest way that will have the largest impact will be to recycle all our work (that we no longer need) Our studio will have a recycle bin for this purpose alone, and I\\\’m sure It will fill up pretty quickly.

  51. mllemom August 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    If chosen the winner I would give to my rising 6th grader what he could use and donate the rest : )

  52. Silkegroth August 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Wow, nice price….. I am a teacher trying to be a role model…… I would really LOVE to get it…..

  53. xheffernanx August 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Those notebooks look sooooo sweet!

    regards from Austria!!

  54. eseberg August 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I have two kids in college. Don’t know which one will get the loot when I win, maybe they’ll have to compromise on a split. Both are always looking for better ways to haul books, computer, food, etc. across campus. Can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks.

  55. Collalini August 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I’m looking forward to my long awaited return to college. I’m attempting to purchase as many ecofriendly products as possible!

  56. crickettb August 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I’m encouraging my students to purchase recycled notebook paper and to use reusable water bottles rather than bringing in a new plastic one each day (as well as buying their Gatorade in large containers and putting it in reusable bottles to bring to school).

  57. nick9809 August 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I’m already going green, but i’d like to win this because binders and notebooks that are ecofriendly cost an arm and a leg! what i’ve bought so far is as follows: recycled pencils made from old jeans and old US currency, 100% recycled paper, 1 100% recycled notebook, 12 75% recycled pens made by industries for the blind, and I will later be buying hemp shoes to replace my leather ones (I went vegetarian 4 months ago).

  58. PauldChemist August 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    this year i will only walk to school.
    It’s not poetry or verse but it works and Earth likes it =)

  59. binabug August 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    walking to work or school
    doesn\’t make you less cool
    it makes you lean
    and very green

  60. kbeekman August 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm


  61. sazzee August 20, 2010 at 11:22 am

    we recycle, reuse, redo neaerly everything…would type more but have a broken hand…1-finger typing no fun…;)

  62. Marlene V. August 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Bagless lunches,
    I have hunches,
    that get there by walking,
    is better then gawking,
    out a car window,
    keeping water usage low,
    starting a compost,
    so that I can boast.
    Being Green
    is better then being mean!!!

  63. maffearth August 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    As a new senior in high school, I have a lot of potential to make this year very eco-minded, and to put those eco-minded ideas into practice with myself as well as my friends and even teachers. I am the vice-president of my school’s “Earth Club,” and the number one way to teach others is by example. Being able to tote such wonderful environmentally-friendly products not only puts me in the position of personally helping the environment, it also helps me spread the word about sustainable alternatives to polluting and disposable school materials. It also gives me a good reason to tell all the people I talk to at school about awesome organizations like Inhabitat!

    Everyday I will show those who see,
    How great “Eco-Friendly” can be!
    I pack sustainable grub,
    Help lead my Earth Club,
    And post-lunch I will pick up debris!

  64. Quinn August 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Im going to bring my own waer in a reusabe bottle, recycle all of my arked up papers and buy as much recycled green products for school as possible

  65. toadsie August 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I’ve got to be a super hero,
    I’ve got to try to save the world,
    I’ve got to reuse all my bottles
    And all my plastic ware.

    I’m gonna be a super hero,
    I’m gonna try to save the world,
    I’m gonna ride my bike to school
    in the rain — I do not care!

    I need to be a super hero,
    So all the little boys and girls
    will help the world.
    Together we’ll recycle all our trash

    I’ll save the trees by saving paper.
    I’ll save my knick-knacks for use later.
    Buy all my clothes at the local thrift shop.
    Build my compost pile to the roof top…

    I am, you see, a super hero.
    Today I’ve got to save the world,
    Piece by piece recycling all my trash.

  66. fabrizzioz August 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    As an architecture student i use a lot of paper so i make sure that i only use recycled paper for my sketches and rough drafts assignments. im also able to ride my bike to school and my skateboard to commute from class to class.i think this is a great opportunity to furthermore help the environment :)

  67. FabrizzioZ August 19, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    i will be riding my bike to school and while in school i will use my skateboard to commute from class to class. and since im an architecture student i will be doing the same thing i did last year, use recycled paper for any sketches or rough draft assignments i get.

  68. August 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    All of this good for the environment… and guaranteed for life? This is truly the quality I have been looking for in products available in the market today. I have always been willing to pay more for something that is true quality and made by craftsmen. Now products for everyday use are becoming green and affordable. Super, can\’t say enough.

  69. dknuckey August 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I’m the ultimate green student – recycling myself midlife to reuse my brain and reduce my frustration. It’s back to school at 45 for a MS in Sustainable Design… watch out kids, lady with a backpack full of attitude and a passion for green is powerwalking your way

  70. tweetjill22 August 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I\’m green schooling it this year for sure…Nothing like using paper back to back…old homework assignments and such can be turned into sketch paper. I plan on keeping a water bottle at my side throughout the year…no more purchased water bottles from me. Reuse!!

  71. che286 August 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    It is to be conscience, to be active,which will make my cause to be
    green, always.

  72. small footprints August 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I’ll lace-up and walk
    Instead of ride
    To save the earth
    And show Eco-pride

    I’ll save a tree
    And paper I’ll reduce
    By turning the sheet over
    For another use.

    That’s how I’ll be
    Green as green as can be
    As I improve my mind
    And save mankind!

  73. Babasfarmlife August 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    We are using Paper Mates new bio-degradable pens and pencils this year for all the kids school supplies. It\’ll help make a big difference.

  74. Julienbug August 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I’ll pack my lunch bag with organics
    and help grow more at our Beach Elementary School Garden.
    I’ll sort my compostables from my recyclables.
    Every day is “NO TRASH LUNCHES Day”.
    I’ll ride my scooter or walk each morning
    with my friends on the Walking School Bus.
    My school makes it easy to be green. I can’t wait to get back to see my friends!

  75. BethHa August 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    We are walking to school to save on gas and emissions.

  76. carri August 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Biking to school with kids this year and just bought them stackable lunch containers to eliminate packaging!

  77. macrumpton August 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    As I go to learn, no gas will I burn because my folding bike is what I like.

  78. seawmn August 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    my daughter changed apartments
    which was really cool
    because instead of driving
    now she can walk to school

  79. JanPattersonRN August 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    My grandson was supportive
    While I finished school
    I graduated in ’09
    He thought that was cool.

    He’d really like this backpack
    And all the other stuff
    He doesn’t ask for much
    He knows when ‘nough’s enough.

    He’s used the same backpack for four years. He gives away his toys when he becomes disinterested in them. He doesn’t nag for new clothes- ‘It’s cool to wear favorites!’. He loves to walk/skateboard/take the bus places. And he doesn’t mind that I pick up the trash as we walk along. *G*

  80. artscientific10 August 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I admit I have just now learned of @Inhabitat. A newly Interior Design Major and I am EXCITED about that! I have big dreams and plans to make this world a better spot! I love the planet! I love it a LOT! I reduce my carbon footprint at every chance I get. I hope that I can get other people down with it! It ALL starts with me and the choices I make. One day at a time, making this world a better place!

  81. robindodds August 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I plan to help my kids use less paper, and to become an advocate for healthier school lunches.

  82. natureboyjk August 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I heard Kermit say “it ain’t easy being green”/
    I feel him from the heart it takes responsibility/
    I stumbled on inhabitat, they showed me how to make it fun /
    So when return to school I’m gonna tell everyone /
    And what’s the best way to tell’em is to show’em style /
    With a fresh eco – friendly backpack THAT’S HOW!!!

  83. Kealalaina August 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    We are reusing any supplies we can from last year, as well as things we have already around the house, including my son\’s backpack that is still in really good condition. For supplies that we still needed, we purchase supplies with as high of a recycled content percentage as we can find, or that are made from sustainable or natural materials. My son will be taking his lunches in reusable containers, and most of his food is local and organic.

  84. MARCO_S August 19, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Hey!, I will be walking to school (40 minute walk), eating organic lunch that is fully disposable no plastic water bottles etc, and in addition ALL the school paper that im using this year has been recycled 100%!

    I hope I win the Contest!

  85. abhishekduggal August 19, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Recycle that paper so that everything doesn’t turn into vapor.

    1 & 2 done…

    forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

  86. nickyacullo August 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    to be green at school,
    i’ll reuse, reuse, reuse.

  87. mcwhirtera August 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I will…

    Reuse binders
    Eat local produce
    Air dry sports uniforms
    Try to not use plastic bottles
    Enlist my friends to do the same

    in order to CREATE a new … greener me

  88. dearvalerie August 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Green is the color of my teen daughter’s hair;
    Earth friendly school supplies seem only fair!
    She buys used clothes and recycles everything that she can;
    She’s growing up loving Gaia and is an Inhabitat fan!
    What more can I say about this earth child of mine?
    She’s so much greater than my verses (which are less than divine!).

  89. Arconna August 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I actually intend to continue doing what I’ve been doing. I will take the bus to school, like I always do, and I will walk around campus instead of using the buses to get around, even though it’s murderously hot here in Florida right now.

    Beyond that, I will continue to recycle just about anything I can recycle and I will likely not print out as much stuff as I did last year for the classes I teach or take. Most of that stuff ends up getting thrown away by students or recycled by me anyway.

    So, yeah. I hope that’s green enough.

  90. mcwhirtera August 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Sooo, never done a comment before but ….going into my junior year i plan to….

    Reuse binders
    Eat some local food
    Appreciate the greens
    Try to not use plastic bottles
    Enlist my friends to do the same


    Create a new (greener) me

  91. partlysbabe August 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Im going to make sure we have eco friendly supplies, recycle all school documents not needed, and have a fantastic time doing it all :)

  92. ewysiwyg August 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Bought only recycled–
    pens and paper–a snap!
    To recycle my brain cells,
    I’ll go take a nap!

  93. larapavanelli August 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    For back-to-school this year, we plan to buy only recycled paper products and all eco-friendly school supplies. For snack we are going to make our own and pack it in a reusable container as well as a reusable water bottles. Lara

  94. BeAmy August 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I am packing my kids WASTE FREE lunches!

    W ater Bottle, BPA Free
    A PeopleTowel
    S tainless Steel Bento
    T oGo Ware
    E co-Friendly lunch bag

    F resh Fruit
    R aw veggies
    E xotic rice rolls &
    E co-paper love note!

  95. Deb August 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    As a recent college graduate, I know how expensive school supplies are (even when the economy isn’t tanked). I have friends that are out of work and they have children going back to school. I will give these supplies to them- not just to help them out, but to show them that even in a small way, they can live more eco-consciously. :)

  96. simonhanson August 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    You wouldn\’t believe,
    To my delight,
    Getting online to find
    A giveaway by Inhabitat,
    A fair labor, and also green
    backpack for school,
    I\’ll look soooo mean!
    I\’ll do my part,
    By walking to school,
    And along the way,
    I\’ll tell my friends,
    That going green
    (and reading
    Is cool!
    Please Please Please
    Let me win.
    PS. Love your work

  97. Chris Merwin August 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    You know, I have a kind of quirky obsession with bags (probably all the books I like to carry around), and not only do these bags look really good for back to school, the company is super cool which makes me feel even better.

  98. Deb August 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    As a recent college graduate, I know all too well the cost of school supplies (even when the economy is decent). I have friends that are out of work and they have children returning to school. I intend to give the items to them; not just to help them out, but to let them know of the sustainable alternatives that are out there. :)

  99. rebbe August 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    my lunch i will take (in reusable containers) less impact i will make

  100. justbasti August 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    This is a great idea, although giving the prizes away for “free” seems quite senseless to me. The people who added you to their newsletter mostly are already a fan of you and did that by their own before :) Same about facebook. And new “won” fans of this website could easily block the newsletter again and find this type of marketing a bit annoying :/ Well, I would! Though I’m a pretty big fan of this site ^^

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