The Class of 2010 at the University of Pennsylvania, my beloved alma mater, will rock green graduation caps and gowns at their commencement ceremonies. These Oak Hall 'GreenWeaver' caps and gowns are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
According to Oak Hall, it takes about 23 recycled bottles to create each gown. The University of Pennsylvania's vice president of business services, Marie Witt, did a side-by-side test with the GreenWeaver gowns and traditional graduation gowns. When KYW Newsradio 1060 asked Witt if the gowns felt like plastic, she said, "Actually not. I did a side-by-side comparison and I failed. I couldn't tell. The eco-friendly ones were quite lovely."
Since each cap and gown from Oak Hall's 'GreenWeaver' line costs the same as a traditional version, there's no reason other schools shouldn't follow in the University of Pennsylvania's lead and adopt green graduation apparel.