Thursday, March 10, 2011

Some Carolina grads wear recycled caps and gowns

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I don't mean they're wearing hand-me-downs, I mean they're wearing that water bottle you recycled a while back.

And, by "some," I mean Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Alright State, et al. ... your turn.

Check out this snip from GOOD Magazine:

Need another good reason to recycle your plastic bottles? They might end up as part of someone's graduation cap and gown outfit. The Virginia-based company Oak Hall Cap & Gown has long produced graduation gear, but in 2008, after realizing that schools are trying to become more environmentally responsible, it began developing a fabric called GreenWeaver that's spun from molten plastic pellets. Each gown uses an average of 23 post-consumer plastic bottles—even the bags the gowns come in are made out of recycled plastic.

Fashion designer Alexander Julian also teamed up with Oak Hall this year to create a "true Carolina blue" gown for his alma mater, the University of North Carolina's May commencement. UNC officials said that the time is right for recycled gowns since students only wear them once. And, not to be outdone by their rivals, Duke University is also using GreenWeaver's gowns this year.

Read the entire article, by Liz Dwyer, here.

I have to tell you, when I bought my Ford Fusion Hybrid, I insisted the seats be made out of recycled plastic. I'm glad I did, because they're great; comfortable, easy to clean, they don't get too hot or cold and they look nice. (P.S. On the cushions: The "seat foam (is) made of 85 percent post-consumer recycled material," too, according to U.S. News and World Reports.)

And, if you'll recall, the players in the last World Cup also wore recycled plastic jerseys. (Way to set a good example, guys.)

With that in mind, I'm thinkin' we'll be seeing a lot more fabric made out of recycled plastic in the near future.

Here's more about how bottles are repurposed into fabric:

Rhiannon Fionn-Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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