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Headed back to school and need some help getting inspired? Inhabitat is here to help! We’ve got an awesome eco back-to-school package that we’ll be giving away to one lucky winner in our Green Back-to-School contest. You may have noticed we ran a contest like this last week on Inhabitat… Well it was so popular that we decided to do another one and really up the ante this time. So if you didn’t win in the last contest, now you have another chance! We’ll be giving away an amazing bundle that includes 7 awesome 100% recycled hardcover notebooks in assorted colors and styles by ecosystem, a 100% recycled binder, tabs and binder pouch from Naked Binder, and to top it all off, an incredible solar-powered bag by Sakku (worth $450) that keeps all your gadgets charged up using power from the sun!

And this prize package isn’t the only thing we’re giving away. 5 other lucky winners will also win some sweet Inhabischwag so don’t forget to enter for more chances to win.


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!

2. 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 September 15th. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

*And don’t worry, even if you entered our last contest, you’re still eligible to enter this new one. Only the grand prize winner will not be eligible to win the grand prize this week, but all runners up in last weeks competition are eligible to win prizes in this one as well!

ABOUT ecosystem

Known as the “eco-Moleskine” (at least, that’s what we say around Inhabitat), ecosystem‘s vibrant 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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Characterized by their “naked” natural-colored products, Naked Binder believes that long life, strength, sustainablility and beauty go hand-in-hand in the fight against an ugly, cheap, disposable society. Everything they use in manufacturing and shipping their products is either recycled or recyclable (mostly both).

+ Naked Binder


Sakku specializes in crafting eco-chic solar messenger bags from – this makes them even cooler – recycled sailcloth from all around Switzerland. The Sakku solar messenger Traveler Bag that we’re giving away has a big 5W photovoltaic panel that charges up a built-in battery pack that can provide 2-3 cellphone charges after 8 hours of sunshine. The Traveler’s spacious interior has enough room for a laptop and your new ecosystem notebooks and Naked binders, and since each sail is different, your bag will be as unique as it is eco-friendly.



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  1. cole September 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Such great products, solar is the way of the future, imagine
    North Africa supplying the entire energy needs of the Europe
    with huge solar farms. This can be a reality and oil can
    be a memory, all it takes is will.

  2. mingohills September 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Honestly, I am going green by not going back to school.

  3. swear00 September 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Going to New Architecture School in Toronto,
    I would like to remind myself how sustainable design is really important for us. I recently finished my college study in architecture and I want to pursue my green idea into my architectural theme. I\\\’m sure this bag would inspire me a lot.
    Wouldn\\\’t I be the one who really need to use the bags or the binders? =)
    *p.s: keeping idea of sustainable design, it is easy to forget unless I have them close to me =D

  4. pfef17 September 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    sweet bag!

  5. rkymtnrider September 4, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I’m in Bozeman, MT attending the School of Architecture at MSU. The weather here is anything but stable. Last year I made the decision that I would commute the 4.3 miles to campus on my bicycle. I know, not a huge deal, but Montana winters are kind of cold. Well, I made it through Thanksgiving without driving once. I was pretty proud of that. This year I’m pushing for the December 15th, the last day of the semester. Wish me luck!

  6. @alaska September 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Yes, yes, another student. I plan to bike to school when possible (i.e. when there’s less than a foot of snow on the ground) and reduce my carbon footprint by taking notes and such on the laptop (hydropower electricity source) instead of on paper.

  7. Muktabai September 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I’m not going back to school and I don’t have kids, but I’d like to win this for my friend Rhonda, who teaches art to disturbed children at a Boces school in upstate New York

  8. ksweers September 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Would be so thankful for a gift bag filled with such wonderful items…

  9. thomassims247 September 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    YES! I would like to win this for school@

  10. ghidini September 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    The beginning of a new school year offers many fertile fields. My first projects with children will be to plant seeds, metaphorically and physically. Hopefully, by the end of the school year, after having tended their gardens, grown their own food, they will have an understanding and appreciation of the earth beneath their feet.

  11. ghidini September 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    The beginning of a new school year offers many fertile fields. My first projects with children will be to plant seeds, metaphorically and physically. Hopefully, by the end of the school year, after having raised their own food, tended their own gardens, they will have an understanding and an appreciation of the value of the earth beneath their feet.

  12. BeholdersEye September 4, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I plan to use recycled A4 paper and binders, blue jean pencils, use a 100 watt solar panel to power my bedroom led lights, line dry all my clothes, use rain water (barrel) to wash my parents car, use no salt only sand and gravel on ice covered sidewalk. I love cooking with a solar oven.

  13. solitude_peace September 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

    more for the ecosystem than the bag
    more for the things i already use than the things i might
    more for the less

  14. GreenMachine September 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

    It was another gloomy school day
    Kids sitting around with drained iPods with nothing to say
    Out comes the boy with a freaken solar powered bag
    People gather round, he’s finding it hard not to brag
    Gather one gather all, connect your mobile devices
    With phones and netbooks charged, green energy easily suffices

  15. yakov September 4, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Do not forget to reuse shine of the sun
    Because its clean;
    Do not avoid to use the ray of light
    Because its free

  16. shreya123 September 4, 2010 at 1:52 am

    my name is shreya i recycle and use many things daily i made a purse of old and small clothes then i made a pouch compox.i plant two plants in a week i water them daily i use many many recycled things i watch many videos how to recycle things i love recycling. i dont do it for formality just because i live in earth but i does recycling because i want to do from my heart

  17. willeichelberger September 4, 2010 at 1:04 am

    On my bike, I will ride.
    Charging my laptop all the while.
    To and from school I go;
    Thanks to Inhabitat, I have no foes.
    All my friends will be amazed;
    Green will get me the best grades!

  18. dzyne69 September 4, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I teach at the CSU, and spent time roaming the halls the other day looking for chalk! (are you old enough to remember chalk? the precursor to dry erase markers?) I currently carry a \”faux\” (they don\’t ask and I don\’t tell) carbon-fiber bike pack. I don\’t let them get too close, so they drool from a distance.
    I teach budding designers! Industrial Designers, Graphic Designers, Interior Designers, Animators and Illustrators, Photographers and Fine Artists…a bright group and they are bound to catch on sooner or later, exposing me for my “plastic” bag. Just imagine…(cue dreamy music, soft-focus, swirling atmosphere effects and the magic of technicolor) with this great new ultra hip green SAKKU bag I could let my students approach with confidence! They could get so close that they could drool on my shoes! In their saliva reflections they would catch a glimpse of themselves with the bag glimmering near their shoulder, then of course they would go out and buy one of their very own!
    Big plus: it looks like there is plenty of extra room in there for my own personal box of chalk!

  19. vp52 September 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Study hard
    Play hard
    Love your planet
    It will love you back

  20. fireplasm September 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    As we see the rainbow of binders sprinkled throughout the hall,
    we know \’green\’ nature of economy.
    As we see the rainbow of water sparkling amongst the sky,
    we know \’green\’ nature of ecosystem.

  21. lr1611 September 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    This year I decided to design a zero carbon graduate school of ecological studies for my design project as an extension to my current school. The idea is to collect general waste that the school generates, as well as the waste generated by the demolition of a portion of the school, reuse/ recycle it and use them as new building material. The idea is that as the waste generated increases, my building grows, and the ability of the graduate school of ecological studies grow.
    My university is looking into really building an extension, so i’m hoping they can derive inspiration from my idea!

  22. verdemom September 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    My 6 year old Son is such an environmentalist, he hates litter bugs and landfills, and has lemonade stands to raise funds for the Gulf Oil Spill Recovery! Here is our back to school green routine:

    We like our school, it’s really cool, it’s time to go back again.
    We do our part, and here’s where we start, we avoid trash & recycle bins!

    So for our lunch, we don’t use a bunch, of plastic or paper or waste. Reusables are our way, they save money each day, so they make the most sense in our haste.

    We’re in a hurry to save, the clean planet we crave, and get rid of the stuff we don’t need. It’s not only bad, “going green” is not a fad, it’s our humanly responsible DEED!

  23. zyrotin September 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I would love a solar bag
    It is something I’d like to have
    No power cords plug and drag

  24. piepie September 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    All the world is a classroom, we need to remember
    When the calendar starts edging toward September
    Books are important but so is fresh air
    Study hard and make time to feel the wind in your hair

  25. louisbeziau September 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    En rechargeant mon téléphone avec ce sac solaire
    Je n\’abimerais pas mon précieux air

  26. faberuna September 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Going back to school at 40 and I want to be one of the cool kids. OK, I want to FINALLY be one of the cool kids. I don’t want to be the geek I was in the past. It’s been 23 years and after much therapy, I’m ready to go back to school and make real friends. The kind that won’t steal my lunch money or shove me in the locker. It won’t happen because I’m too tall and I use an ATM for everything now. So, yeah, I need those supplies.

  27. anaccv September 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    beGreen to do the things right, to not spend rubber without being dumber! =)

  28. rubytom September 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    my backpack is in tatters,my bankbook not far behind, the only thing left to me is I haven’t lost my mind

  29. AmeliaDesign September 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Using the sun to power my tech fun,
    Bringing peace through love not a gun,
    And getting A\’s by the ton!

  30. acanellas September 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    My Eyes are Blue but Id rather have them Green, as all I see surrounding me is that exciting color, that Goal/Challenge.

    Back to School
    Green is the Tool!

  31. jdorney September 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    My husband is going back to school for a career change. He is doing all his classes online, so he is help keeping it green by no commuting. He does use laptop, ipod for his classes, so a greenbag would be a big help.

  32. Redthunder211 September 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Walk, do not drive, fool
    Keep gold the air, here to there
    Cicada shell!

  33. richqb September 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Once upon a time there was a teenager. He was whip-smart, but surly, apathetic and obstinate in the manner all teenaged boys are. But beneath this facade of hormone-laden ennui lie a mind deeply concerned with the environment. Thus he struck upon a plan to reduce the carbon footprint of his entire school.

    At first, these plans were simply flights of fancy. “Flying monkeys could pick us all up from our homes and drop us on the school’s doorstep,” he cackled with his friends. “Or maybe we could use our vast knowledge of quantum mechanics to develop a teleportation device?”

    Idea after idea was discarded until the voice of reason made itself heard through the cloud of fantasy…

    “Why not work to set up a bike sharing program at your school?”

    “Brilliant!” thought the assembled teenaged hordes, as their nigh-bottomless bellies digested the better part of an entire fridge’s contents. And so they set about organizing bake sales and car washes and peddling candy from door to door, as teenagers looking to raise money are wont to do – all in the service of a brilliant idea to cut down on the vile fumes emanating from bus tailpipes and the SUVs of helicopter moms.

    In what seemed like days, but was actually months, they achieved their goals. There was much rejoicing as well as additional fridge raiding to preemptively replace the calories they would so surely burn riding those shiny new bikes. Tears of joy were shed as well — these are hormone-addled teenagers, after all.

    In the end, bus routes were reduced, prompting glee and jubilation. But one stood alone – the original organizer of this beautiful chaos. For while he was as happy as anyone at the success of his program, he still wore a wistful look on his face.

    “I still want flying monkeys.”

    So, dear reader, while this precocious teen can never achieve true success in his mind without a winged simian carpool, he can likely be mollified by a back to school package with as much environmental savvy and cred as the very program he birthed.

  34. Babasfarmlife September 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    We\\\’re using Paper Mate biodegradable pens and pencils this year for school. Since hubby is a school janitor he also brings me all the lost and broken items he finds at the end of every school year to recycle into jewelry or crafts.

  35. EcoWolf September 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I’m absolutely crazy about helping our Earth that I even yell at my friends to stop littering, using extra energy, or wasting water! My attention is immediately drawn whenever there are eco-friendly products (I bought an umbrella that was 80% recycled, have two or three canvas bags for when I shop, have a 100% recycled sketchbook, etc)
    I really Love the Earth and I wish majority of people didn’t abuse it, because it truly is a wonderful and beautiful place. I really wish I could do more, but at the same time I’m glad I’m doing something as regular as recycling, going to plant a tree, and taking public transportation if not walking instead of a separate car.
    I’ve read and watched many Green things to do, I get really determined to help save the Earth and it’s beautiful animals that we live with. It would only depress me to make that all change or disappear.

    With the grand prize, I’d share with my friends and hopefully that would encourage them to change a little for the Earth’s sake and spread the word to their friends as well! I would also use the solar powered back pack to good use by giving that energy to whoever needed it so we wouldn’t have to go to an outlet for a little juice.

    Change your light bulbs,
    Turn off that Tv,
    Unplug that charger,
    So the earth can be hap-py~

    The water gives us life
    The sun gives us light
    The trees give us air
    As we breathe in this pretty sight

    It’s our only chance
    To give back everything that we use
    The world won’t give up if we don’t
    And use our own energy that we can fuse
    Together to give back

    I Love our Earth
    Together we can save it
    Our dear mother

    I Love the Earth!
    “The power is yours!” (:

  36. griffariff September 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    If I win the bag, it will go to my wife. She is an elementary school librarian and administrative assistant.

    Sun – a Haiku by Glen Peters

    My wife’s new smart phone –
    Bright sun we harvest your fruit –
    Bag to phone no waste.

  37. pete.kane September 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    For my final year of school, I’m planning to do a number of things in order to reduce my carbon footprint (especially since I’m in an environmental program). As much as possible, I plan on buying electronic books instead of bound books which I’ll read off of my iPad. I’ll also be taking notes with my iPad. My commute to school will be done by bike rather than bus or car. A Sakku solar bag will be perfect as I’d be able to recharge my iPad while I ride my bike to class or back home.

  38. sunchicka September 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Hot was today,
    In a solar way,
    Surrounded by people being green,
    I heard the sound of a recycling machine.
    The air felt cleaner,
    I felt a pull in my heart,
    Because people were doing their part
    Surrounded by a new awareness,
    A shared sense of community.
    Today was the day I saw a child choose to recycle that can.
    Flashing a big smile,
    He pointed to the ever growing pile,
    Then said to his dad,
    So many people care,
    About the air.

  39. chinolee September 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    At first recycling and going green seemed like it was too much trouble for too little return. Well, it turns out that like all new habits and skills it actually becomes fairly easy to do and becomes second nature. I feel guilty now whenever I try to throw away any recyclable trash into the regular trash. I automatically head for the recycling containers whenever possible.

    We got one planet, lets take care of it!

  40. eseberg September 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I won’t be carrying this, my wife or daughter will. Probably daughter, she has many gadgets that need recharging. I imagine when her friends on campus realize what her bag can do they will be bugging her to recharge theirs too.

  41. thund3rbox September 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    If I won this contest, I would give these items to my wife, who is a 6th grade teacher, to set a good example to her students about using sustainable and recyclable materials in the classroom.

    Plus, how much fun would it be to show the kids renewable energy in action!

  42. izquierda74 September 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Solar powered bag!
    Can I plug in and replace
    My daily coffee?

  43. cjstephens September 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Now that I am going
    Back to school
    Solar bags
    Remind me that it is sunny

  44. vhubler September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Back to school we will go
    On our way garbage we will not throw
    Any trash we see on the way
    We will pick it up and throw it away I say.

    Green to us comes from the heart
    and we will use cloth bags to start.
    When we put our bottles in the machine,
    I look around and everything seems green and clean.

  45. muigai September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Wow, What synchronicity
    Was just reading a book ‘Dispossesed’
    There’s a line in it
    “Excess is excrement’
    ooh the Nerve!.. yet simple clarity
    Its all I,ve ever soughtor tried to express
    My distaste and my arguments
    at all the waste that harms our home
    all this Shhhhh hehehe!

    Seen all around in distastefull agreement

  46. grajasekar September 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Once there was this grad student,
    Who was oh so poor,
    For whom tech always was,
    so enticing a lure.

    The holidays were the best,
    when coming home would suffice.
    But when the time came to go back to school,
    it wasn’t quite so nice.

    Then he saw inhabitat,
    Their mail in his inbox lay.
    Green ideas galore were his,
    Not a cent he had to pay.

    So he set about making amends,
    to his power hungry ways.
    This little bag from Sakku,
    that would harness the sun’s rays.

    No more plugging in,
    a bit less burning coal.
    No more spewing greenhouse gases,
    and opening an ozone hole.

    A bit closer to the surface,
    there were smaller yet helpful things.
    Like using recycled paper,
    oh the joy that this act brings.

    Being insistent on recycled notebooks
    shipped in from another country no less.
    I’ve endured ridicule for many years,
    rather that than the environment transgress.

    So I hope the good folks here,
    Will recognize my commitment is true.
    And not cause me to have wasted the time I spent,
    typing it out this tale long due.

  47. hlspring September 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Back to school I go,
    A teacher I will be,
    Reusing stuff from previous years
    Was my plan to save the trees.

    Recycled binders and notebooks
    Will keep me looking cool
    And make it easier for me to be
    Organized for school.

    The solar-powered bag—Oh, wow!
    Now that, I have to say,
    Is a brilliant idea for when
    I walk to school each day.

    Both Dad and Daughter, together
    Are going back to school
    Together we know
    Eco-friendly is the rule.

    We walk when it is sunny
    That’s when I’ll charge my phone
    We bike when it is rainy
    And chills us to the bone.

    I take the train to work
    In the afternoon
    And walk across the city
    So I can spin some tunes.

    My daughter would be jealous
    Of my notebooks and my binders,
    But I might find her bragging
    “My dad’s so cool,
    He takes to school,
    A solar-powered bag!”

    So if I win this prize from you
    I certainly can know
    That my eco-friendly school supplies
    Have brought me up from low

    My kids will now think of me
    As a super-cool dad
    So thank you to Inhabitat
    This prize is really rad.

  48. The Sakku.Traveler is a... September 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    […] origin of the sail. If you’re loving this bag as much as we are, then good news — in our latest Back-to-School contest where we’re giving away a sakku-traveller stuffed full of eco-friendly school supplies (worth […]

  49. cpolivka September 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    My son is a big tree-hugger & in the third grade this year. If he were to be the lucky winner in this awesome contest. Just think of all the hundreds of students @ his school who will think WOW this stuff is cool where do I get mine & since they are all elementary age this will be like planting hundreds of seeds for future greenies. Camille & Everett

  50. chazmatz September 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

    All the supplies wasted over the years
    would stack as high as the moon
    not our moon, but the moon of phobos
    which isn\\\\\\\’t really a moon at all, but
    an old base. That can be reused.
    Like the binders, folders and papers
    from my youth, which I will psss on
    to my youths. Let them at lest have a sweet backpack to go with
    their 1980\\\\\\\’s school supplies.

  51. 216stitches September 3, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I’m an art teacher for a homeschool group. I plan to green my routine by using supplies I have on hand, get from thrift stores or Freecycle. I will also teach the children about how to make art from nature. I will teach them about bio-degradation and impermanence. We will research artists who have made a difference and artists who are still working to do so. I will do all this with-out scaring them about the world’s environmental problems. I will leave them with a love of nature and a feeling of respect for their world so that they’re naturally inclined to care for it.

  52. Dan Green September 3, 2010 at 6:26 am

    There was a young man called Findlay (6)
    Who was off to Perth (Aus) for one heck of a Jorn(ay)
    With his cool new solar bag
    There wasnt a chance he would get called a dag
    And now the solar smiles abounded…

  53. shsu8587 September 3, 2010 at 3:52 am

    On my way to school
    In a car made of bamboo?
    No, a Nissan Leaf

  54. LorenC September 3, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I love this idea for a bag and would love to use it to charge my phone instead of the wall where the power comes from water or coal.

  55. Beegrl77 September 3, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I also have gotten these really neat stainless steel bento boxes to pack lunches in – they are durable, easy to clean, and the best part – resuable!

  56. Beegrl77 September 3, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Back To School Rap!

    Back to School,
    Follow the new Golden Rule –
    Going green is your tool…

    You won\\\’t be a fool,
    and you\\\’ll make your classmates drool,
    while looking cool,
    tote\\\’n your stuff in your new Sakku!

  57. madison b September 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Such a wonderful prize for the crunchie earth bound, sun loving people of inhabitat!

  58. madison b September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    What a wonderful bag for a wonderful world!
    Let us return to the sun for our light and power
    Then the oil and gas in the darkness that lies beneath our feet
    Life is to short to live in our final hour
    To be connected to not only the street
    But the sun with its rays, giving light with its warmth

  59. sheryl dodds September 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    A single mother
    with income of no other.
    Greens every day
    to save her pay.
    Please choose us as winner
    so we can have some dinner.

  60. pjpjpj September 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    The sun has the power
    We need by the hour
    Wear solar panels in the day
    So at night you can play

    Students are where it’s at! They will pass on their infinite skills before, during and after school to those younger and older.


  61. quinn September 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    so solar
    so great
    sure to appreciate,
    positively charged
    inside and out
    sure ain’t a pout
    cuase when i get this,
    i’ll freakin shout!

    Sorry, Im not really creative… but this would come in pretty handy for school, junior year of high school uses so much binders! And the bag would be awesome cause I always forget to charge my phone and iPod. If I get this, not only will I help mother earth but also keep myself entertained on the bus cause my mp3 would never die on me again! :)

  62. BOJENSEN September 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    These beautiful items would be perfect for our on the go activities and classes.

  63. Jarvis September 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Planning on moving to France and writing a book about the experience. These notebooks would be great for jotting down my notes. The bag would be great for storing and powering my laptop when I stop at a internet cafe to email my folks to beg for money and let them know I’m still alive.

  64. mpescador September 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Let’s give it to the paperless revolution,
    People tryin’ hard to reduce the pollution.
    Turnin’ in homework online’s such a breeze
    On a small laptop burning solar batteries.
    Carpoolin’s great! Hey, you goin’ my way?
    I save green on the scene and work it another day.

  65. skippypt September 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Green Eggs and Solar Bag

    Change of colours, change of pace,
    Back to school I wish were the case,
    Now I work stuck in this place,
    No more school just the rat race,
    A solar bag would benefit us all,
    Student, employee, big or small,
    I do not want to plug in to the wall,
    I do not like it inhabitat, not at all,
    I want to ride more often with my cyclists tan,
    Passing the bus, that car, that van,
    Charging my gear on the way is the plan,
    Using as little fuel as I can,
    I’ll ride to work most of this fall,
    Through houses, creeks, valleys and all,
    I do not want to plug in to the wall,
    I do not like it inhabitat, not at all,
    I’d love this solar bag and recycled books
    For riding here or there,
    I’d love these things for riding anywhere,
    I’d use them all
    While and home,
    I’d use them all
    While on the phone,
    I’d use them all
    To conserve,
    I’d use them all
    To preserve
    I do not want to plug in to the wall,
    I do not like it inhabitat, not at all,

  66. abbassafri September 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks to Inhabitat for offering the solar powered bag.It is the best source of energy for my country Pakistan, where load shedding is quite common, and electricity is not available.I have to work on architectural projects in the university, and there is no electricity available, to charge my ipod or mobile phone.It can even give boost to my laptop.

  67. Talex September 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Way to go, Sakku! Kudos on producing a solar powered bag.

    When purchasing supplies for home or school, I make a point to look for bio-degradable paper, etc. Even when it comes to laundry detergent, I look for bio-degradable containers. Every little bit helps. I recycle and reuse wherever possible.

  68. thorbo September 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    The days are long,
    and so is the work.

    Stumbling around finding plugs,
    makes me look like such a jerk.

    To use the suns power is so grand,
    An investment in all our futures… that is the plan.

    That shoulder bag would make the day to day school/work grind so much more bearable… and make my gadget laden power hungry lifestyle so much less destructive (to the environment). I guess that is the point, though. -T

  69. Kentkb September 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    60 I will turn,
    Back to school a degree to earn,
    I want to look swell,
    With the older women and tell,
    That solar power is more than a bad sunburn.

  70. katygmorris September 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Once upon a time I could be so obtuse!
    Unaware of the planet’s abuse!
    Now I’m thoughtful and green
    Even when times are lean
    ‘Cause I like to recycle, reuse and reduce!

    Now going back to school can be green-
    Ride bikes or walk there- I’ll get lean!
    Take mass transit like trains
    And we’ll all feel the gains
    See, students can be lean green and mean!

  71. kammi September 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    This is perfect for my job. I am a paraprofessional for autitsm clients. I have a lot of paperwork and that I need new binders and folders, etc. Just like going back to school. lol.

  72. mikeyfng September 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    We participate and regulate a Bike to school program in Bay Village ohio

  73. thomassims247 September 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    A solar powered backpack? I would love to win that!

  74. jeslaineh September 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Rhymes and verse and such?
    You’re asking too much!

    I’m no wordsmith myself, but I am doing my bit to cut down on energy use. My new apartment is about a mile from campus now, so I’ve been leaving my car at home now and walking to class!

  75. trescenzi September 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I still yet to have notebooks for this year so this would be awesome! Plus the bag it’s perfection!

  76. djsartin September 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    At age 67, going back to school is almost overwhelming, however, for an old hippie gal…GREENER in all the things, the better and not that easy finding green school supplies! Can control greener options at home…and do…green school supplies would be awesome!

  77. 51Future September 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Just keeping up the routine. Using natural light in place of electric light when I can, walking rather than driving to keep me energized and my emissions low, and giving away a large portion of my stuff and keeping it simple.

    It can’t change the routines of others, but I feel like I’m doing my part.

  78. jaimejoel September 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Just started College and this would help me get through my Management/Entrepreneurship classes which require lots of materials like these! If Inhabitat gives me this opportunity I will be very pleased, thankful and of course happy. Participating in contests like these is what helps my family economically reducing expenses. I wish everyone luck and the best!

  79. shenyue September 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

    i tend to drag around my camera to take photos of people and places and the places tend not to have plugs to charge being that im outside. hoping to win a backpack!

  80. Eric Peloquin September 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

    All these products are great. Me please!

  81. chippa September 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Im going back to school for Horticultural study’s this month cant get any greener than that.

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  83. palzies September 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

    This summer, I found this site through StumbleUpon and visited the site at least once everyday. This site has made me more aware of the differences I can make in the world, no matter how small. To make my school more green this year, I plan to address the issue of recycling (something my school does no regularly participate in). I also want to encourage students to not drive to school and to instead take the bus, thus reducing the school’s carbon footprint. I also want to pursue a career in environmental engineering. My dream is to someday own a green-eco friendly house just like the ones posted on this site.

  84. HenriKay September 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Wow poets and rhymes? Alright, I’ll give it a try (no mean comments, please):

    Oh sweet environment,
    You are such a magnificent friend!
    Now that it’s time to go back to school
    and with tuition, ohh so cruel
    Could books and bags made from your soil,
    help me out through this turmoil?
    I’d love for a chance to get such grant
    to help me save your precious land.

    Well, there we go. Thanks for reading this and good luck to all :)

  85. dearvalerie September 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Like the earth,my precious girl
    is a natural beauty.
    She’s an eco conscious teen
    and adorable cutie.

    She helps clean up the byways
    and roads in our city.
    She encourages recycling
    to keep our land pretty.

    She asks for so little
    yet gives with all her heart.
    To reward this earth angel;
    this prize would be a great start.

  86. mcrvampire55 September 2, 2010 at 1:20 am

    My Haiku entry. :3
    And the link to Sasquatch for those curious

    I plan to re-use
    The previous year’s supplies
    Patching up binders

    I buy from Sasquatch
    Recycled supplies they make
    They are cute as well

    My binders are full
    Of recycled lined paper
    We must save all trees

    But alas, some things
    Are really not cheap at all
    The green price is high

    So I would love it
    If Inhabitat would send
    Me some green supplies

  87. nchapman September 2, 2010 at 1:13 am

    A Green Haiku:

    On my bike, solar
    bag charging my gadgets up –
    it’s carbon free schooling.

  88. BobajaboB September 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I am actually building a boat that I will be taking down the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers next year and giving educational presentations about science and history along the way as well as filming a documentary about the Lewis and Clark Voyage of Discovery 200 years on. This bag and folders would be really, really handy and as I am funding all of this out of my Veterans Disability Pension the items won would be money saved and really, really appreciated not only by me but by all the students along my way.

  89. alexandremorin September 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I’m not exactly a poet but I’m planning to end my master in architecture this year with a focus for my essay and project on regenerative architecture. Is there a greener way to go back to school? ^^

  90. gressler September 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    a haiku for the sakku :

    built my own fixie
    from parts recycled and old!
    no car for this fall


  91. alexprime September 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Making my own (vegetarian) lunch everyday (thus avoiding disposable cafeteria plates) and using only public transportation and my priorities when it comes to greening my school routine.

    Bringing my own stainless steel bottle to fill with water is also another thing I believe everyone should also do.

  92. pdwolfe September 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    In 3 weeks when I return to Architecture School for (hopefully) the last fall term, I will be greening my “back-to-school” prep by the simplest means possible. I’m going to go through all the boxes with old notebooks, sketchbooks, paper pads, pens, pencils, erasers, markers, etc. and just reuse it all…I’m rather sure that I have quite enough paper between all the half-filled journals and sketchbooks to make it the entire way through the school year! I might even combine the excess paper into a new sketchbook…with different sized paper, like a “choose-your-own-adventure” sketchbook. How cool would that be.

  93. ydn September 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    this would be absolutely amazing when im away from home working on an architecture project and need to charge my phone or give my laptop a quick boost and the notebooks would save me from 5 star notebooks for my classes at the university.

  94. whippeteer September 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    This is what I’ve been waiting for. Especially the SAKKU!!!

  95. GreenMineral September 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    As Fall approaches and summer dies
    Returning empty handed would be unwise
    My bag is ripped and my money is tight
    I hope that you listen to my earnest plight

    I am an Environmental Science and Physics major at Northeastern University. I am a part of our school’s Energy action team, which among many things involves itself in creating a sustainable environment around campus. This includes increasing recycling receptacles, providing a service known as trash to treasure on moving day, and scheduling a week where dorms compete for the lowest energy consumption of all the dorms.

    I am no saint when it comes to sustainability. Compared to my friend, whose whole being revolves around this lifestyle from vegetarianism to heading our energy team to using products she knows are safe for the environment, I do very little. However, I do try and do what I can. I recycle and compost most of my waste. I use baking soda as a shampoo, body wash, deodorant, and a household cleaner(mixed with vinegar). I try to reuse most of my products as other items. This includes turning broken records into tables, making necklaces out of used yoyo string, and using any old destroyed clothes as rags.

    I hope that you will consider me as a potential contender for this contest. It would help me so much in the upcoming year. Thank you for this opportunity.

  96. Lord J September 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I LOVE THIS PRIZE PACKAGE! And I really love Inhabitat!

  97. AngelRaphael September 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    This is an awesome prize for someone going back to school… or even just for a bookworm :-)

  98. anisfairy September 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    For shure it would become a great pack not only for learning, also for developing and sharing my project that has a focus in green living, and promoting urban gardening in my country. It’s not easy, cause people think it’s expensive, but to hear them, their experiences when then try the fruit they grow… It’s just priceless and a magnific expression of love!

  99. goldenboy September 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Ahhhhh wow this give away is fantastic. I sure could use it next week. I attend a school of Environmental Science for Environmental Engineering and it is\’nt cheap. This would be a great gift to get the year started!!!

  100. theaterdog September 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I’m a teacher in the South Bronx and will be partnering with GrowNYC to develop a comprehensive recycling program in addition establishing a compost bin for use in our outdoor gardens.

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