The average cap and gown is made from petroleum based polyester. Recently, many campuses across the nation are trying to switch to more recyclable materials for these items that are often only used once. Oak Hall Cap and Gown in Virginia sells gowns made from recycled plastic and sustainable bamboo. Jostens, now donates $1 to an environmental cause each time graduates enter a code printed on the gown’s tag. Their gowns are made of acetate made from sustainably harvested trees that can decompose in a landfill within a year.
Other universities have turned to recyclable materials as well. At the University of Texas at Austin, students have an option of choosing to walk with a cap and gown made from 100 percent, postcostumer recycled plastic bottles. Each cap and gown is made up of melted plastic that is spun into soft fabric with each cap and gown made up of 23 recycled water bottles. The class of 2010 will keep 200,000 plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill, reducing emissions and energy usage. Longhorns are awesome.
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Lots of universities and manufacturers are joining the eco-friendly movement for caps and gowns. Here’s a link to a recent article about green caps and gowns.
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