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Eco-friendly Commencement includes caps, gowns, bottles

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Although the graduates’ caps and gowns will look the same, they aren’t. This year, the College showed 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. But that’s not all! The bottles of water that each graduate receives will be fully utilized. Any leftover water will be dumped 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 down the aisle!