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Save Our Environment – Graduate!

Jessica DeSalvo

Commencement is an important day for all parties involved.  To the students, it may signify the most important milestone of their lives so far. To the C.W. Post family, it marks a new beginning. This year it was proposed that students were going to wear Eco-friendly gowns, made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Provost Dr Paul Forestell finds this to be a great way to show our campus’ commitment to sustainability. The color, feel and fit of these new gowns are identical to the traditional gown worn by graduates at previous commencements. These Eco-friendly gowns are made by Oak Hall Cap and Gown and are called GreenWeaver gowns. They are indistinguishable from the polyester traditional gowns, and they are helping the environment as well.

“Personally, I don’t care. It’s only for a short amount of time. If it’s helping the environment then I don’t mind, it’s all good,” said senior Abriel Bello. These new gowns, which are spun from molten plastic pellets, are a great way to turn trash into keepsake items, which graduates may cherish forever.

A C.W. Post press release last month, declared that if 1,500 students wear these gowns at commencement this year, it will equal to an estimated 34,500 water bottles that will not end up dumped in a landfill. The GreenWeaver includes features like a softer and more breathable feel than the normal polyester gowns. They are also “tag-less,” meaning no annoying itchy size tags by your neck. Instead the gowns are stamped with soy ink. Oak Hall made a promise that for each gown bought this year, they will make a donation to our campus sustainability program. The new Greenweaver gowns are fairly new and have no reported downsides to them yet. Post students will have to judge for themselves how they feel about these new commencement outfits.

Going Green seems to be the new trend in which every student should take part. Without Eco-friendly cars, water bottles, light bulbs, or even graduation gowns this world may be heading for a downfall. It’s the little things like purchasing Eco-friendly caps and gowns that help save the world. For more information on the new line of Eco-friendly, items visit

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