Photo Credit: All photos courtesy of Oak Hall Cap and Gown
The class of 2011 is going green in a very different and unexpected way.
Graduating seniors are turning to eco-friendly apparel for their walk across the stage. At least four academic apparel companies are trading polyester and other synthetic fibers for fibers made from sustainably-harvested forests and recycled plastics.
Even though green graduation gear is more expensive than the already expensive traditional apparel, sales are steadily increasing.
To keep the gowns from ending up in landfills after they are worn, some schools are cleaning them up and repackaging them to give to the next graduating class. Companies like Oak Hall take old gowns and turn them into other recycled products like carpets and furniture filling.
Oak Hall Cap and Gown and Massachusetts-based University Cap and Gown are just two companies that offer eco-friendly graduation apparel, but they’re hardly the first companies to turn recycled plastics into clothing and other accessories. The outdoor clothing company Patagonia has been doing it for years now.
The more companies that use recycled plastics, the better for our environment.