Enter Inhabitat’s 2013 Back to School Contest!

We can’t believe how fast summer flew by – but now that fall is on the horizon it’s time to start getting ready for a green school year – and Inhabitat is here to help with our 2013 Back to School Contest! This year we’re excited to offer our readers a chance to win one of THREE solar-powered Voltaic Converter backpacks stuffed full of eco school supplies that will help you start the school year with a lighter footprint, including a Dopper water bottle, EcoSmart Markers, Treesmart pencils, Terracycle circuit board clipboards and other eco school gear from Green Apply Supply. Voltaic’s Converter Solar Backpack (worth $129) is equipped with a potent photovoltaic solar panel that can keep your handheld gadgets charged all day long. All you have to do is tell us how you’re going to green your back-to-school routine this year – so check out our full instructions below and enter today!

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY:

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 AND VOLTAIC ON FACEBOOK >

Just visit Inhabitat’s Facebook page and Voltaic’s Facebook page and click on the “Like” button at the top.

3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW >
Tell us how you plan to green your back-to-school routine this year. The deadline for this giveaway is Wednesday September 4th at 11:59pm EST. We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

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Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack

Voltaic‘s Converter Solar Backpack is the perfect book bag for tech-savvy students. Its streamlined design lets it fit on the most crowded bus, and a 3.4 watt photovoltaic panel provides a steady source of on-the-go energy – perfect for keeping your phone charged during long days on campus. A padded sleeve protects your laptop, and an included battery provides up to 14 hours of talk time when fully charged.

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Dopper BPA-Free Zero-Carbon Water Bottles

450,000 single-use plastic bottles are bought every minute in US – and only 20% of them are recycled. It’s a staggering statistic, but Dopper has set out to stop plastic waste by launching a line of vibrant BPA-free reusable water bottles that are perfect for students on the go. Each zero carbon bottle is topped with a convenient lid that offers a wide or small opening and can be used as a cup, and the Dopper project also dedicates proceeds from the sale of each bottle to support clean water projects in Nepal.

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Miniwiz Re-Wine Desk Lamp

Miniwiz‘s Re-Wine is the ultimate multi-tasker, doing triple duty as a wine carrier, a building block, and a most impressively as a lamp! After the wine has been enjoyed, Re-Wine utilizes the empty bottle to create a one-of-a-kind energy-efficient lighting solution that can be setup as a pendant or a desk lamp. Each Re-Wine is made from Miniwiz’s patented POLLI-BER material, a new textile made with the byproducts from rice farming and thermoplastic production. The Re-wine is a CES 2012 Innovation Design and Engineering Award winner.

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Treesmart Student All Star Set

Treesmart is in the business of turning trash into fresh new products for creating and communicating ideas. Their Student All Star Set comes with everything you need for note taking, including a set of 12 pencils made from 100% recycled newspaper, a recycled ruler, and color pencil set. All of their products are non-toxic and they always keep environmental impact in mind.

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Ecosmart Refillable Markers

Featured by National Geographic’s Green Guide as one of the safest school supplies, EcoSmart Markers (also called AusPens) eliminate harmful toxins such as xylene and toluene that can trigger asthma, headaches, brain fog, and skin rashes. the Ecosmart Starter Marker Kit comes with 6 non-toxic, refillable markers (in 6 assorted colors) with 6 refill inks. Each bottle of refill ink will refill a marker at least 32 times–this is the equivalent of about 200 markers! This sweet set also comes in a fair trade zippered pouch made of organic cotton.

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Terracycle Circuit Board Clipboards

Terracycle is a fantastic company that upcycles waste that is traditionally non-recycleable into fresh new products. These Circuit Board Clipboards are made from cast-off circuit boards that have been salvaged and repurposed into sturdy (and stylish) writing surfaces.

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Bamboo Pencils and Math Set from Green Apple Supply

Green Apple Supply is one of our favorite go-to shops for all kinds of green housewares and eco school supplies. Their Bamboo Mechanical Pencils are easy to hold and have a beautiful, natural finish, and their 12 Piece Corn Plastic Math Set is made from non-toxic and renewable bioplastic that is 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable. The Math set includes a compass, compass leads, a divider, a protractor, two triangles, a ruler, a mini screwdriver, two 3″ pencils, a pencil sharpener, and an eraser.