Making graduation green

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) It’s an exciting time to be a high school or college senior because graduation is just around the corner. That means many will be shelling out some big bucks to wear the traditional gowns as they walk toward their diplomas, but they’ll likely never wear them again. A Grand Rapids organization wants to put those gowns to good use and help save the environment.

In conjunction with Earth Day, Greener Grads launched in Grand Rapids. Its goal is to re-use graduation gowns and keep the polyester wares from entering landfills. They say it takes 3.2 million gallons of oil to produce the 5.5 million graduation gowns that students wear each year.

Greener Grads is working with Goodwill Industries, along with Aquinas College and Kendall College to collect a million polyester gowns.

Next year, the group will start offering the cleaned gowns for re-use. They hope to get 12 uses out of them before the polyester is recycled into other products.

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