‘Eco-Gowns’ a Staple of Commencement Sustainability

Grads prepare for Commencement in 2012. Photo by John Welsh

Graduates gather in College Hall prior to the College’s Commencement ceremony in 2012. Photo by John Welsh

For the fourth consecutive year, graduates will wear regalia made from 100 percent recycled material when they receive their degrees and certificates during Montgomery County Community College’s Commencement ceremony on May 23.

The Renew Graduation gowns are made from REPREVE® Recycled Fiber, which comes from post consumer plastic bottles. According to Unifi, the fabric’s manufacturer, each gown uses 29 plastic bottles, and an estimated 12.7 million plastic bottles have been used to manufacture graduation gowns since 2012.

Following its Commencement ceremony, the College will collect gowns from those students who do not wish to keep them.

Collected gowns will be cleaned and donated to Pathways PA, which works with more than 6,000 women, children and families in the Greater Philadelphia region to prevent child abuse and move families to self-sufficiency. The organization will use the gowns during its GED graduation ceremonies.

Collected gowns from 2010, 2011 and 2012 were used to replenish robes used during the College’s GED graduation and Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremonies.

Check out the College’s Commencement coverage on our Think Success blog!

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