North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College graduation gowns made from recycled materials

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

June 11, 2010—North Central College is showing its commitment to sustainability by using a new line of eco-friendly graduation wear made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

With millions of plastic bottles ending up in landfills daily and remaining there for generations, the academic apparel manufacturer Oak Hall introduced its new GreenWeaver line, which uses 23 bottles per gown. To date, the company says it has deferred 3.5 million plastic bottles from landfills.

In addition, bottles of water that each graduate receives during Commencement will be fully utilized. Any leftover water will be poured into a rain barrel and used to water the campus garden. All empty bottles will be recycled, and it’s possible that next year’s graduates may be wearing them as they cross the stage.

North Central College is committed to reducing waste and energy consumption. Visit to learn more about sustainability at North Central College.

The College’s 145th graduation exercise gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. For more information about Commencement activities, visit or contact the North Central College Office of Alumni Relations at 630-637-5200.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in Naperville, Ill., North Central is recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, which cites it as one of the top six schools in the Midwest for “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching”; as “a college for high-achieving students” by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges; and as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes. For more information about North Central College visit