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UVU Goes ‘Green’ for 2010 Graduation

26 February 2010 2 Comments

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.


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  • Ivan said:

    It’s fantastic that we are recycling to make these gowns instead of having to make all new products. However, wouldn’t it be more “green” to allow the caps and gowns to be rented? I don’t know many students that will ever use their gowns again. I also don’t know many students that want to pay $50 (with tax, etc) to use something once. What needs to be done to look into this?

  • Rosemary said:

    Greener still would be to have a closet at the University to put the donated greenwear from this and future years from students who really don’t want to take their gowns and caps home with them. These items could be lent to future graduates or as Ivan above suggested rented.

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