UVU Goes ‘Green’ for 2010 Graduation
February 26, 2010
For Immediate Release
For more information: Jerri Allphin (801) 863-8553
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon (801) 863-6807
Written by: Lara Johnson
Each year, the United States spends more than $10 billion on waste disposal. Among this waste is approximately 35 billion plastic bottles. But beginning this spring, Utah Valley University graduating seniors will help to reduce the number of those bottles that end up in landfills by switching to new “green” caps and gowns, composed entirely of recycled bottles.
The new line of regalia, called GreenWeaver, will be introduced at UVU by the Class of 2010. The GreenWeaver line is designed by Oak Hall Cap & Gown, a Virginia manufacturer of academic apparel, and is currently being used by the University of Pennsylvania and other eco-conscious universities nationwide.
“We had a committee comprised of various campus individuals and students review the proposals for caps and gowns,” said Jeri Allphin, director of alumni affairs. “They selected the GreenWeaver gown because they liked the quality of the gown, they liked the story behind it and they liked the company.”
The new line of environmentally-friendly caps and gowns is made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Recycled plastic is already being used to make sweatshirts and other clothing, and has been found to be quite comfortable and soft, according to Oak Hall. It is estimated that each UVU gown is created from approximately 23 plastic bottles.
Students will be able to purchase the GreenWeaver black cap and gown ensemble for $42, with a UVU customized stole and colored tassel according to their major, during the UVU Graduation Fair, March 9-10.