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Green for Graduation!

May 4, 2010

Whether you are a soon-to-be graduate, a proud parent, or a close friend, there’s a lot of people out there in the the midst of “graduation” season right now. These days, even walking across your school’s stage can be made more eco-friendly! According to a report on NPR, “some colleges will be making a statement during this graduation season. They’re avoiding all those polyester gowns that students typically wear once and throw aside.” Several apparel makers are offering eco-friendly gowns. Some are made of recycled plastic bottles and can be recycled again. Others decompose rapidly when buried.

An article online from Tree Hugger gets more specific. Green Weaver is a line of graduation robes made by Oak Hall Cap & Gown. The fabric is spun from 100 percent post-consumer plastic pellets. For every gown made, 23 bottles are rescued from permanent detention in the landfill. According to the article, “Oak Hall toyed with a blend of bamboo and polyester at first, but when that didn’t work out, the company turned to recycled PET fabric, an unconventional but increasingly popular textile that has already made its rounds on the fashion circuit.” GreenWeaver cap and gowns are made in Virginia, and are said to feel exactly like polyester.

A third website, Planet Green, talked about buying eco-friendly gifts for the “glowing graduate”. The article by Stephanie Sharp said, “First of all, consider whether you’re getting a present that your graduate needs. Just because you think that fondue set is perfect doesn’t mean your grad will want it or be able to use it. Buying a present just for the sake of buying a present is not good for the environment. Not to preach but this adds to clutter and unnecessary consumerism.”

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