Gallery: Top 5 Eco-Friendly Back to School Bags


As summer ends and classes begin, students around the world are starting to gear up for the long haul ahead. A sturdy backpack or satchel is an essential, and although the most eco-friendly option is to simply reuse a existing bag, some of you are sure to be retiring your frayed and fading packs. Fortunately Inhabitat has you covered with some fresh eco fashions that will have you toting your school supplies in style. Read on for five of our favorites.

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Gallery: WIN A FREE SOLAR POWER BAG by Noon Solar!


If you’ve been reading Inhabitat this past week, you might have noticed that we’ve been running a little Back-to-School contest to giveaway some fabulous green goodies, including an awesomely stylish solar powered bag by Noon Solar (worth over $415). Just to make sure all of our dedicated readers have a chance to participate and try for this great prize, we’ve decided to extend the contest deadline by a few more days. In order to enter this contest, you MUST REGISTER FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER by Wednesday August 27th.

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Gallery: NOON SOLAR hot new solar bags for back to school!


Go back to school in sustainable style with Noon Solar sexy new solar handbags! We first wrote about Noon Solar in 2007, when the Chicago-based design company blew us away with their unusually stylish take on the typically boxy / techy solar powered bag. We love the idea of photovoltaic solar power bags in general, but most of the available options are so uninspired in terms of aesthetics, that when Noon Solar’s impeccably tailored designs hit the scene, they came as a breath of fresh air for those of us who want to look good while also trying to do good.

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  1. Carbon tax July 28, 2008 at 11:09 am

    7x $50 trees, that is.

  2. Carbon tax July 28, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I’m in accord with ruhitchcock, these things are all show and do as much for the environment as a “go-green” imported non-organic cotton Tshirt. $350+? Plant 7 x $50 in the parkway and actually accomplish something,,,

  3. ruhitchcock July 28, 2008 at 4:32 am

    What strikes me about these designs is that they wont work when youre carrying the bag. Either you cant get into the front pocket, because it’ll be against your side, or you cant get any sun on the panel because thats against your side! In my opinion it would just annoy me too much to constantly turn the bag to get stuff out the pocket or have to wait til i was sat somewhere to charge my stuff. Dont get all excited too quickly!

  4. July 27, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I was so excited to see this post – I’ve actually been looking for a bag like this for quite some time. Most of the solar bags I’ve come across are more about function than the aesthetic. I’ve had a hard time finding much other than messenger bags or backpacks, so Noon Solar’s line is a welcome discovery.

  5. katelivesinbrooklyn July 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Thank goodness – maybe people will stop toting around those horrendous boxy versions, and thinking they’re cool for the idea and not the design and execution. I am very excited about this!

  6. Solartaschen | GreenDeZine July 27, 2008 at 2:08 pm

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