BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY: Win a Solar Powered Package (worth $500)!

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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!

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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).

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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. imanigreen315 September 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    i reused my binders and paper folders from two years ago and i also use mechanical pencils now.

  2. dianelereculey August 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I’m a high school student and to be greener, I plan on:
    -Going there and back by walking, as it is only a 40 minutes walk or (if it’s raining) I will take the bus so that it is more eco friendly
    -Making my own lunches and snacks, bio and eco friendly (e.g don’t use plastic bags, put everything in boxes so that there are no wrappings)
    -Like last year, I will be in the Eco club, trying to make the school better, plant new plants and make the school more Eco friendly

    With all this bundle, I will be able to charge my phone the green way, keep myself organised with all the note books and I will be able to do all this, whilst being good to the environment :)
    Thank you

  3. eseberg October 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Well actually I’m done with traditional school, now I work with a rule(r).
    I love the Ecosystem books, When I’m working in nooks.
    I can carry stuff and charge my phone with the bag, so I’m really hoping you’ll send me this swag.
    I’ll share with my wife who keeps swiping my Ecosystem, and my daughter who is a traditional student.
    Know it doesn’t rhyme but I ran out of inspiration.

  4. kunaljain93 November 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

    School life is the best life in whole life. Everyone enjoy school life because of class bunk, enjoyment,eat lunch before recess,etc.
    Now i have 2 more years for enjoyment because than after i will be in collage. as i have only 2 years from now so i want to do all the enjoyment in class which i have never done like throwing papes on the teachers. I want the ecofriendly things because i have never use ecofriendly item for the school purpose, i hope it will be mine…..

  5. Frankie Dailey September 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

    it’s nice to not have to be the kid with drab, tan, colorless notepads and binders. this is Eco-pezaz

  6. creative1 September 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Being an online design student at AAU makes me a lovely shade of green. There are minimal carbon emmissions emitted when I log on my PC. However, I still have my art supplies that needed toting around. A solar backpack would come in handy when I sketch outside while I soak up my vitamin D.

  7. intrigue1 September 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    When we got back to school
    I said there was something that needed to be done no matter what
    And yes, it was a rule,
    But it’s not something that will make you have a fuss:
    We just have to love our land!
    Don’t clutter it up with water bottles and wrappers.
    And also lend a hand.
    This earth matters.
    We need to take re-usable bottles.
    Just really get in the loop.
    Be a role model.
    Pick up trash, maybe even in a group!
    But just because the school year is here
    And you think that’s a little scary,
    Just proves summer being over isn’t that severe
    Because it’s just another season to be able to pick up the recylcing act, and that alone will carry.

  8. hollismaloney September 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Dear Inhabitat:

    The way I’ve improved my school year, and made it more “green” is through these few steps:
    1. I bike to school and back every day (I’ve grown to love the Williamsburg Bridge)
    2. I’ve used all of my old notebook pages that I haven’t used to make new notebooks (that I made) for this year
    3. I’ve been making all of my food at home so that I don’t buy food packaged in unnecessary packaging that will only be thrown away just for my convenience.
    4. I carry my KleanKanteen with me everywhere
    5. I work for a company that is promoting new socially innovative ways to improve our impact on the environment (and on ourselves)(
    6. This isn’t necessarily green, but I feel it’s relevant- I’m a Graphic Design student at the School of Visual Arts, and for my thesis this year I’m focusing on new ways in which we can reconnect with one another in this new digital age. I feel that feeling and expressing compassion towards one another and allowing ourselves to connect through the most simple acts of humanity are integral to the improvement of society. And so I’m attempting to inspire people to want to connect humanly, and share with one another so that we feel the need to take care of ourselves, each other and, in turn, our environments.
    7. I’ve been vegan for a year and a half now, so I’m not promoting any factory farming byproducts, such as ridiculous amount of green house gasses
    8. I haven’t bought a single item of clothing since May, so that I don’t promote any mass production in factories or cheap labor or international trade (that also uses tonnnsssss of fuel)
    9. I only buy organic, and if I can make it instead of buy it, I will
    10. I plan on starting a window farm ( but I have to convince my roommate first

    and I’m sure there’s more, but that’s it for now.
    Please pick me!

    Most sincerely,
    Hollis Maloney

  9. thepricklypinecone September 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I am being green this school year by making do with used school supplies, people had plenty to give me!

  10. aml September 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    something eloquently written about changing my lifestyle to be “greener” as a student including these characteristics: bicycle commuter, vegan, green building policy influencer.

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  12. jonnyquesty2k September 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    As an architecture student in a college which enforces students to know about LEED, I became much aware of the environment around me and considered many aspect of being less into consumerism, while as an environmental-political documentary fanatic, I saw many films about water and how people think they have the right to own and sell it, though the native saying has always been that we should treat the earth and all its entities as our mother. A being, a nature of life which we cannot sell, buy, kill, or rape.

    And thus, I decided to purchase the Vapur and Bobble water bottles (BPA free) products specifically for the use of being eco-friendly with the use of water so that I don’t pollute the earth and myself with bottled soda and water products and plastic. Furthermore, I am saving money, feel healthy, and have more energy than if I continued my life in consumerism.

  13. black_white747 September 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    As I go back to college,
    I\’d very much like to save the foliage
    and live my part to inspire others
    so be a great mothers
    of the world

  14. missbliss September 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    reduce,reuse all
    leave the earth better

  15. muhsin September 14, 2010 at 8:11 am

    That Poem was awesome ! I was surfing around the internet, and found this poem. I don’t know who wrote it. No comment other than this !
    “I always thought it was funny
    Even when the weather is sunny
    People drive to school
    Oh don’t be a fool!
    Walking’s not only green but saves money
    (and could also reduce your tummy)

    This bag would make me skip like a kid
    Charging gadgets under the lid
    It could be a part
    Of a wonderful start
    To my dream of living off grid”

    Thanks For Writing !

  16. tvjames September 14, 2010 at 1:51 am

    My post is short.
    My post is green.
    Saves storage.
    No more to be seen.
    (Pick me)

  17. catherinemayer8 September 13, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Hello! My name is Catherine, I am 19 years old, and I just started my sophomore year at a community college. I want this year to be 100% different from any other year because I want to make changes to my lifestyle and to my town. Just so you know a little bit about me, I live three blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean in a tiny town called Bradley Beach, New Jersey. I have lived here all of my life so I have seen for myself what happens when we do not take care of our Earth. I love our planet and I have been involved in Environmental Clubs since I was in 6th grade. My senior year, my friend and I organized a successful “Ride the Cool Bus Day,” urging students and teachers to carpool, take the bus, walk, or ride their bikes. The two of us also farmed oysters to help out the acts of the group NY/NJ Baykeeper, who worked on restoring the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. Without the high school club, I realize that now is time to take my own action and make change by myself.
    My mother is a teacher at the local school and a member of the town’s environmental commission, years ago she started up the school’s first ever Environmental Club. As a member, we did beach sweeps involved with Clean Ocean Action, we planted dune grass, and we raised money to donate to foundations that helped save endangered animals. The feeling of helping out has shaped me into who I am today, and who I aspire to be. My mother also fought for the approval of a rain garden to be planted at the school, which she planted and had maintained. Sadly, our family is one of the few households that recycle, we take it so seriously we even remove and collect our bottle caps! I feel if more people in my town were educated about the importance of recycling, they would make the effort. I plan on spreading the word about recycling and reusing in the near future at town meetings.
    I am not trying to make this a pity story, and I really thought about leaving this next part out, but it is a key point of how I developed my recent goals. In May, an aneurysm on my mother’s brain ruptured, completely out of the blue, giving my entire family quite the scare. Fortunately and against the odds, she survived and is currently in rehab, kicking ass. Instead of asking me to bring her food, flowers, or anything else to make her more comfortable, she asked me to try and pick up one piece of litter a day. I am tired of doing little things to help and I realize that my time to make a change is right now.
    I found this website on my search to learn more about the steps I should be taking towards a greener and healthier lifestyle. What kept me coming back was the information I was learning about: new products, designs, and the art section. Like I said before, my town is ridiculously small and everyone knows each other. Currently, I am a member of the oh-so-elite older kids club, and I feel like I could really set an example of what is considered cool. If I were to win this bag I would bring it everywhere with me and I would be sure to speak its message to anyone within ear shot. Hopefully, I could get the ball moving in the younger generations of my community. I honestly believe that the nautical style of it and its message is perfect for me. I am serious about changing my habits, and this would be an excellent way to start using green items. It would help out tremendously because I would not have to worry about charging my iPod or other gadgets. I also promise to use every last inch of those notebooks and get a 4.0 this semester! Lastly, I plan on writing a letter to the local newspapers urging people to recycle properly. If I want to be taken seriously I feel as though I need to walk the walk and there is no better way to say that than a solar-powered bag.
    Sorry for talking a lot, I just felt extremely passionate about this contest!

  18. photovoltron September 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” — Thomas Edison

    In November, I’m turning 30.
    I want a better life and to learn anew.
    Hence, going back to school to study Solar Tech!
    I chose a 100% renewable energy provider for my new rented home so that no uranium will be fused and no coal will be burnt for my self-monitored electricity and heating needs.
    Content-wise, that’s how I green my back to school routine.

    “Recycling is more expensive for communities than it needs to be, partly because traditional recycling tries to force materials into more lifetimes than they are designed for – a complicated and messy conversion, and one that itself expends energy and resources. Very few objects of modern consumption were designed with recycling in mind. If the process is truly to save money and materials, products must be designed from the very beginning to be recycled or even “upcycled” – a term we use to describe the return to industrial systems of materials with improved, rather than degraded, quality.” — William McDonough & Michael Braungart

    I could not agree more.
    This gift pack I would love to take to school and back in my bike basket would serve double duty by sending out a proactively eco-sensitive message to onlookers on the streets and at school.

    / / / /
    ___ (___ ___ (___ ___ ___ ( (___ ___ ___ ___
    | )| )| )| | ) \ )| )| | | )| )| )
    |__/ | / |__/ |__ |__/ \/ |__/ | |__ | |__/ | /

  19. ianholmes September 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    My Crown Vic takes gas by the bucket
    And Jacksonville public transit’s no luck it
    is always late
    and rather than wait
    over a bridge on my bike, I will truck it.

    This was nearly limerick almost took a nasty turn against road hogging motorists, but I decided to keep it clean. I’m riding my bike to school every day this semester and did dumpster-dove for my school supplies. It’s insane what college kids will throw out!

  20. agentmcmillan September 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Looks like a good setup

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  22. puzzlebox September 12, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    If in Shakespearean sonnet I could write,
    To share with you my great desire that I
    Should have a chance to win your prize. I’d fight
    A million consumerists who’d buy

    From companies without a care at all
    About the consequences of their crimes
    ‘Gainst nature. They continue to appall;
    I’m left with no capacity for rhymes.

    For I would have the world awaken’d now,
    To see just what they’re doing to our Earth.
    In hopes that all would promise, even vow
    to recreate this planet’s former worth.

    That children in the future might not know
    about our past and how we sunk so low.

    – Renee

  23. kamangaroo September 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Green Waters

    Flow gently, Inhabitat, along your green ways,
    Flow gently, We’ll shout you a song in your praise;
    We’re hoping and wishing and writing our rhyme
    That our world will be changing while there is still time.

    I will mend fences, I will mend shoes.
    I will find ground, common with those,
    Who may not see the world as precious as I,
    I will convince them, together we’ll try!

    Recycling, reusing, re-everything please,
    No time to waste, but options to seize!
    I’m for it, we’re for it, and Inhabitat as well,
    If we all pull together, we’ll surely excel.

    I am attending the Rhode Island School of Design to study Industrial Design with a concentration in environmental studies. When the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) met in 1992, Agenda 21 called for a new aesthetic for sustainable products. Now, more than ever, my fellow designers and I must respond to this call and take on this responsibility! In addition to living the green lifestyle that so many of us have outlined in these posts, I hope to fundamentally alter the societal perception of green products. Using the knowledge gained from my design education, I will capture and hold the interest of a diverse audience. In doing so my fellow designers and I will establish a new reputation for ecodesign. Ecological responsibility is not an alternative. With superior design, green innovation will displace traditional products and methods.

  24. leilabaldur September 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

    even though in the car he likes to ride
    by bus and on his bike he will ride
    it’s a rule by which he must abide
    to help improve earth’s green side

  25. vampireweasel September 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I always thought it was funny
    Even when the weather is sunny
    People drive to school
    Oh don’t be a fool!
    Walking’s not only green but saves money
    (and could also reduce your tummy)

    This bag would make me skip like a kid
    Charging gadgets under the lid
    It could be a part
    Of a wonderful start
    To my dream of living off grid

  26. vampireweasel September 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I always thought it was funny
    Even when the weather is sunny
    People drive to school
    Oh don’t be a fool!
    Walking’s not only green but saves money
    (and could also reduce your tummy)

    This bag would make me skip like a kid
    Charging gadgets under it’s lid
    It could be a part
    Of a wonderful start
    to my dream of living off grid

  27. greggolz September 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    The thought of being off grid is intriguing, but to walk it with you is disbelieving.

    My laggard ways leave me wondering, if my lack of MP3 player and cell phone would leave me USB socket blundering.

    Maybe my one hundred and seventeen students could pull the watts, if they can explain how the sun moves those tiny electrical dots.

    Those young minds are always peaked, when science sparks to life on a trickle charge leaked.

  28. oucil September 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

    My wife is a lower elementary teacher at a Montessori School here in Muskoka and part of her weekly activities include nature walks along the area trails with her kids. They typically leave after lunch and spend the rest of the day out in the forest learning about the world around them. One of those regular lessons is about photosynthesis, the ability for a plant to turn light into energy… it would be doubly beneficial if she could teach her kids about how some of the greatest “Green” ideas we have mimic what nature does.

    Besides the solar bag, the binders would be shared by all the kids in the class… It’s one thing to teach kids about recycling but to have lots of examples in the classroom that they can touch and use help nurture their understanding and hopefully help them choose the same types of things when they grow up. Besides the binders look sooo much better than the cheap plastic ones anyway, it’s not a hard decision to make!

    Last but not least, the moleskin notebooks would be great for my wife to plan out her weeks and track her kids progress…. and again, another great example of recycled products in the classroom!


  29. silkegroth September 10, 2010 at 8:20 am

    My students are participating a competition: they have to make decisions to make a town a better place. They are working as “engenieers” and have to make science experiments to figure out how transformation works and how to clean dirty water and many other things.
    After that research work they have to make plans for a better city. They really do learn a lot! We educate future’s people!!! And they love it!
    The class who does it best will win some money. I hope they will make it!

  30. Arconna September 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    To Inhabitat, the green-minded site,
    I present here some green-thinking resolutions.
    For 2010, I contend that I will expand my green-minded might.
    The environment, after all, needs solutions.

    The bus and my feet shall always be used,
    And no car shall I drive if I can manage it.
    But even more pressing, for which you’ll be amused,
    I’ll recycle and reuse bit by bit.

    There are many things that I’m sure I can be,
    A walker, recycler, or green pirate.
    But reducing my carbon footprint, says me,
    is the first step in a green-lover’s diet.


    There, a poem. I’m not good at such things, but I’m sure someone finds it amusing.

  31. roren September 9, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    i am getting most of my books from the library…and if not, ebooks. i walk to campus, drink from my stainless steel water bottle, and use the backside of “oops” printouts to take notes on in class.

  32. nschwall September 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I need this in case I ever travel back in time. Seriously. We’ve all seen the movies, lost and confused teen on the first day of school gets pulled into some sort of “off the beaten track” warphole and then bam 1200s. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to enjoy fighting the dragons, saving the damsel in distress, and introducing these good folks to modern wonders like rock and pizza, but how am I supposed to update my twitter after my cellphone dies? And I’m a scrawny kid, I’m not exactly linebacker material, I’m going to need to oohs and ahhs of Dark Magic and other iTechnologies to help bolster my defenses.

  33. Archisan September 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    round and round
    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    but bicycles smell cleaner.
    Bicycle, Bicycle, BICYCLE!
    I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it well,
    I want to ride my bicycle and do without the smell
    But when the rain comes pouring down and when the bus is late
    I’ll grab a friend until the end and journey into town.

    Thanks to Freddie Mercury and my fourth grade english teacher who spoke with a spanish accent.

  34. roethleins September 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    to green my back to school days i am actually starting up my schools very 1st ever scince club for my senior project and one of the things we are doing in our club is that i have set up to meet with a local architect and engineer to help us better green our school. i am hoping this club will introduce many students to the wonders of science and that it continues on long after i graduate.

  35. karlos September 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Nice bag! Can I have one?

  36. Tastiecake731 September 9, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Times are hard, things are really tight
    I’m trying my best to raise my children right.
    We recycle and reuse all that we can,
    To help save the future of our precious land.
    My oldest son he’s like no other,
    Giving him this bag I would be the WORLDS GREATEST Mother!

  37. DBruce September 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm


  38. DBruce September 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Sunshine on my saddlebag makes me happy…

  39. eahlgren September 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Design of the times,
    The future is awash in its own glory
    As we revolve towards a lighter day.
    A lighter pack upon earths back,
    An evolving technology that propels evolution.
    Minds will reflect the progress we progress,
    As we redesign the sign of the times.

    Thank you Inhabitat, for being an inspiration and a beacon of hope!

  40. Lucky2BHere September 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Nice products. We all could use them! Hope to see prices come down soon so students could actually afford them. Thanks, Inhabitat, for all your good work!

  41. DlcTX September 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    My semester’s greening no fooling ‘cause I get here by carpooling
    I’m feeling smug ‘cause I’ve got my refillable campus mug
    Which lends credibility while teaching sustainability
    Striving to increase our green bottom line, the course will soon deliver online
    In an effort to master a green culture that much faster
    And I’ll bask in the fun of connecting through the sun!

  42. hwylde69 September 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    My husband & I are both going back to school in order to be able to work. We have been looking around & found 2 bicycles that my husband sanded & painted (with eco-friendly paint) & brought them up to par as far as being usable. We bought them in order to not only ride them to school but to use in place of our car as much as humanly possible in order to do our part in the green movement. We also planted & harvested our first garden & canned alot of our crop in order to eat healthier & again, do our part. We recycle EVERYTHING, we have all repurposed furnishings & home decor, & even purchase the majority of our clothes second hand. We are fairly new to the green scene but are trying our best to do absolutely everything we can to set an example for all of our friends,family & any new people we are lucky enough to meet.

  43. silkegroth September 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Just a question: any idea how we can use RAIN to produce energy? We have A LOT of rain here? TOOOOO much….. That is climate change the danish way! People use solar bags and save energy to stop climate change……. :( Do it for me… 😉

  44. tylerabele September 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Notebooks, Journals, Binders and Bag,
    help me make a world free of trash.
    With a bicycle, canteen, and sweat off my back,
    I’ll peddle to class and spread the word.
    Things you throw away,
    could help make our world greener someday.

  45. character September 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I am going back to school as the writer/teacher of a brand new course for third year graphic design students all about using design as a tool to save this planet we love enough to call home. I need to lead by example and I am in need of a bag to get my computer back and forth on my bike!

  46. grifachu September 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Do you have to comment multiple times?

  47. rtcw September 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I like it.

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  49. tiffduke September 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Back to School
    Back to School
    Oh how my kids think they are oh so cool!
    They recycle their papers, their plastics too!
    Even our ink cartridges can be reused!
    We turn off the lights!
    We walk when we can!
    We are the earth’s number one fan!

  50. silkegroth September 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Yes! Solar panels on the White House again! NOW I am sure things will change the right way! Have a great day all of you out there! 😀

  51. joetruck September 8, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Having a solar bag
    is going to be so hot!
    That way we can shine
    when the sun is not!

  52. revit4greenfuture September 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Charging a laptop with this is so green, a caveman could do it.

  53. ktermini September 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    i love knowing that these things exist! They make me feel all fuzzy and excited. I am an art kid with several full time jobs trying to scrape all my little ends together. My partner and I are aiming for some possible school/volunteer work related to public health in potentially remote areas of the US and abroad. These products would help make this goal much lighter on our shoulders.
    Not only are these products beautiful but they boost the potential for the sustainable life that my partner and I am slowly building towards. It can be tricky to realize these goals at times.

  54. silkegroth September 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Want to save our planet – for my children – for their children (in the future) – and their children – and their……..

  55. efriskel September 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I ride my bike to school every morning and take notes using my lap top. I have also bought all my folders/binders as recycled products. I even got this really cool pen made from recycled pop bottles. We are also doing a green home in my interior design class so I\’m going to use your newsletter/website to help me with more green ideas for that!

  56. tcheramie September 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Photons don’t really help you learn nor can they help you conserve energy. Unless you capture them, then you can definitely conserve energy… That’s why you should rock a solar backpack. But if you want to learn you still have to go to school. A solar backpack doesn’t really help you there. Sorry.

  57. hlounsbury September 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I hope that having cool,green stuff for school will teach other kids about living sustainably. I used to be the weird one in class, but it\\\’s finally catching on. Maybe I can start a trend to get everyone to buy recycled paper products and reuse the supplies from last year. Wouldn\\\’t that be great?

  58. Toadsie September 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I am going to spend this following year,
    cleaning my habits of non-green drear.
    Doing things like reusing plastic bottles,
    Will rid me of my wasteful waddles.
    I’ll ride my bike to school everyday,
    And through rain and shine, I’ll sing away.

    And to put to use all my non-disposables, I’ll fulfill my artistic desire.
    Sculptures, 3D art, and creative knick-knacks, all made of green fire.

  59. silkegroth September 6, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Green teacher
    Green bag
    Greacher greag?
    Sounds….. ?
    Waiting for a better idea……….! ;))

  60. AngelLivingston September 6, 2010 at 9:58 am

    This year my kids will go green by learning about recycling

  61. azawadzki September 6, 2010 at 5:27 am

    I’m a fairly green guy, it is true…
    But my gadgets are making me blue.
    Won’t it be fun,
    To sit in the sun
    The light can charge them and me too!

  62. jegber September 6, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Knowledge is Freedom:
    I will serve forever more
    With what I learn now.

  63. silkegroth September 6, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Hi, got one more: I have a kind of exchange project at my school, 12 kids from 7th grades and I (and one more teacher I guess) will travel to Lithuania. Our issue is diversity, decreasing biodiversity because of climate change AND diversity in people and cultures.
    The umbrella issue is climate change and it’s impact on the baltic sea region.
    It would be THAT nice to have that bag for the travel to Lithuania, one more opportunity to spread the WORD…….. :)

  64. mhcshrike62 September 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    As citizens of planet Earth, we are all bound by the green social contract. Energy conservation and renewable energy is NOT a luxury, but a necessity for our future.

    My back-to-school plans have been greatly altered by purchasing a Kindle and a Tablet PC. Both enable me to continue with my studies without using paper products. I will become the epitome\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ of a \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”green student\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” by using a Tablet PC powered by a solar powered bag.

  65. EarthChild September 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Inhabit my ‘tat
    Inhabit your ‘tat with me
    Inhabit our ‘tat

  66. blue girl works September 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I have traded in my car for a sweet recycled bike made up of of many used used parts. There will be no back to school shopping, but mending lots of old favourites i haven’t worn in years. I splurged on a nice new coffee mug for take away lattes. my note books i have bound myself from left over pages of old scribblers and all my school books are used!

  67. Archgreentect September 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Comment from: an architecture student whose designs are always green!

    These are the 3 key factors to save the environment:

    Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce! [⌘C]

    [⌘P] Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce! [⌘C]

    [⌘P] Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce! [⌘C]

    [⌘P] Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce [⌘C]

    [⌘P] Recycle, Reuse, and Red.. [⌘C]

    [⌘P] Recycle, Reuse, and… [⌘C]

    [⌘P] Recycle, Reuse… [⌘C]

    [⌘P] Recycle…

    I want this bag, cause I recycle, reuse, reduce… and I’m funny 😀 sometimes…

  68. greenglove September 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    WASTE NOT, WANT NOT. Back to school suggestion: seek out new organic clothes or recycle thrift store finds. Love the everything solar.

  69. silkegroth September 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Did you guys know that I have been architect before I became a teacher? I loved it, but there where no jobs around my place. Sad. So I got educatet to teacher, that is a nice job too. Not always easy, but nice. I love it, too. But: I try to stay connected to architecture, too, I am still interested in seeing what’s new+hot there, especially in green architecture. Because I am interested as human beeing and former architect and because I try to use it in my lessons. We have a lot about climate and weather, about endangered species and invasive species in my lessons.
    Just to tell you why I am inhabitat – user.
    Take care. I do.

  70. A. September 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    We were a homeschooling family until this year and my daughter is now in school for the first time – at a Waldorf School.
    She and I are both happy AND excited about this opportunity and any eco/green options for school supplies are very much valued and appreciated !

  71. cstringe103 September 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    My daughter joined the environmental club at her middle school, so these items would fit right in.

  72. silkegroth September 5, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I have a tumble dryer – but stopped using it for a couple of years ago. I do not have a car anymore – but got a new bicycle, one of these cool danish ones with a big box for my luggage on the front (thanks to my boss for giving me a job close to my home…..) sounds green, doesn’t it?
    Got all these cool devices, cellphone, iPod,….
    Wanted: a green way to charge them………… ;))

  73. zephyr September 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Black ink on earth’s green heart
    to memories in refined sand.
    Power from the consuming flame
    to wind and sunlight’s grace.
    Carriages of steel and glass
    to wind-tousled hair and honest sweat.
    Our fragile, wavering blue-green orb.

  74. silkegroth September 5, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I am a science teacher for grade 7- 9. Talking about carbondioxide an wind turbines all the time…. This bag would be THAT GADGED for me……

  75. silkegroth September 5, 2010 at 6:13 am

    The sun is hot
    in more than one way……..

  76. Silkegroth September 5, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Short is good
    I waaaaant that bag
    Thaaaaat much!!!!!
    Wonder if it is able to charge an iPad……?

  77. Grifachu September 5, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Well so far I’ve been getting up early and riding my bike to school. I’ve bought all my books digitally (laptop and kindle) and never take notes on paper. I’ve also helped design a green roof that can stand Texas heat that will be put on one of roofs this year.

  78. ReadToLive September 5, 2010 at 1:33 am

    A hot gift for my college son
    Yes, his next adventure, year one.
    All the best experiences; I wish so much for him
    Course work, books, study groups, fun, making his way at life’s rim.

    submitted by a really proud Mom

  79. Syburi September 5, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I’m planning to do an adult ed construction course, so I can start putting my green design ideas into action.

  80. sansan September 5, 2010 at 1:04 am

    a bag that i can use
    rain or shine
    to provide me some panache
    and keep me connected
    at all time

  81. kinitoki September 5, 2010 at 12:52 am

    I’ll try this again,
    I tried with the last back to school contest,
    I failed,
    I don’t consume much because that sucks for you,
    I am studying sustainability as a Masters degree at Saint Louis University,
    First in the Midwest,
    I believe one way to change what we need is to use products that are,
    renewable, recyclable and long-lasting,
    and we must be content and not want the newest thing,
    Take care and I LOVE your blog!!!

  82. sandbaby September 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Although rhyming is not of my strengths, for these prizes I’ll go to great lengths! I am graduate student of pharmacy, soon to start a brand new residency. To the Bay Area I’ll relocate, the city to which I most relate! Using technology is my specialty, aiming for a future paperless reality. Convincing hospital staff to go electronic is no small feat, but it is safer and more complete. This I want to change in the next year, although it may take my entire career. I can tell you all about vaccinations and medications, however this “poem” appears to be the worst of abominations. : )

  83. agerstein September 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    To be honest, I can\’t rhyme to save my life. I can tell you, however, that the binders will be taken right away by my daughter – she LOVES to recycle. Her room has many examples of her work – wallets made out of gallon cartons of juice, bags made from plastic yarn, mobiles from soda cans – she even sells some of her crafts when she has a lemonade stand.

    I\’m going to be selfish, for the time being, and keep the bag for myself. I work at a college campus and spend a lot of time walking around from building to building fixing the computers on campus. With the personal and work cell phones, the bag would be handy to have around – outside it would charge up, inside it can recharge my cell phones. Besides never remembering to do it when it\’s time, I\’ll feel less bad about doing it – my cell phones will continue to be \”wireless\” (you didn\’t say bad puns would count against me…..)

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