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GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

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It’s hard to believe, but fall is nearly upon us and a new semester will be in full swing sooner than we know it. Where did summer go? If you’re heading off to school, Inhabitat is here to help you hit the books with a lighter footprint – and in this year’s Back to School Contest we’re giving you the chance to win a Voltaic solar-power backpack to keep your phone and other gadgets charged all day! No more running out of juice between classes, and having to search for a power outlet. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $199 OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack, packed with 6 Watts of solar energy to power your phone, tablet, and USB devices anytime, anywhere. And our two RUNNER UP WINNERS will snag a $129 Converter Solar Backpack that will power you through a full day of classes. Read on to learn how to enter!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so you’ll need to receive it to find out if you won!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you need a Voltaic Solar Backpack. The deadline for this giveaway is September 11, 2015. We’ll choose the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS 11:50 PM SEPT 11

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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

DEADLINE: Friday, Sept 4th, 11:59 PM EST

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Tesla pre-order customers can now customize their Model X SUV for just $132,000

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Tesla’s looooong-awaited Model X crossover SUV has been a source of great excitement among auto buffs for several years now. The fastest selling car in Tesla’s history reached that distinction way back in early 2012, and the all-electric sport utility vehicle with impressive falcon wing doors still isn’t on the road. Yet. Tesla’s still accepting pre-orders, though, and customers can now privately customize a Signature Series model for $132,000, before tax credits.

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The science is clear: the world’s oceans simply can’t take the burden of our plastic waste. Seabirds have been ingesting more of the stuff over the past few decades and the percentage of birds with plastic in their systems is expected to hit 99 percent by 2050. The jump to 90 percent – where it is today – was a quick one, as the number was only 10 percent back in the 70s and 80s.

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The moon can be your final resting place for just $12,000

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The living spend a lot of time thinking about what will happen after death. Choosing the spot where your remains will live for eternity is a tough one, especially because there is no changing your mind once it’s said and done. For those looking for a really spectacular way to spend $12,000 that isn’t a lavish funeral on Earth, the San Francisco-based Elysium Space has you covered, offering to shoot your ashes into space or even onto the surface of the moon.

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Design a sustainable alpine cabin in the Summit Powder Mountain Design Competition

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Heads up mountain-loving designers—Utah’s Summit Pounder Mountain community is looking for sustainable cabin proposals in their Summit Powder Mountain Design Competition. Open to architects, students, engineers, and builders from around the world, the competition seeks an environmentally friendly cabin design in the Wasatch Range at 8,400 feet above sea level. The winner will be invited to attend Summit at Sea, the next big Summit gathering on a Caribbean cruise to present his or her winning design. The winning proposal will guide the direction of Powder Mountain’s architecture and influence the development of over 500 single-family homes. The registration deadline is October 9 and the submission deadline is October 16.

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Perch Sit-to-Stand Desk is a revolutionary all-in-one standing desk

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By now, we all know that sitting is terrible for our health. But if you are strapped to a computer for work, what option do you have but to sit all day long? Standing desks are a nice solution, but they can be super expensive and switching between sitting and standing can be a nightmare. Not anymore. Perch Sit-to-Stand Desk is not only affordable (right now, a 29-inch desk starts at $179), but it can easily switch from sitting to standing and it looks awfully good to boot. The desk even has the ability to hold two screens/computers at different heights. The desk is so great that within two hours of launch, the project was fully funded on Kickstarter. Get your hands on one here.

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Toyota is going to officially reveal the all-new fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius next week at an event in Las Vegas, but thanks to an early leak we now have our first peek at the new Prius. Heavily influenced by the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle, the all-new Prius aims to regain some of the market share that it has lost in the last few years with an all-new platform and an even more efficient powertrain.

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SOM unveils impressive LEED-targeting medical campus for Egypt’s National Cancer Institute (NCI)

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Egypt’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) has unveiled plans for their new medical campus outside Cairo, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The nine-million-square-foot campus design comprises a system of functional modules separated by landscaped courtyards and connected by visitor and staff circulation areas. The complex, expected to break ground by the end of 2015, is targeting LEED Gold.

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