During this year's commencement, about 1,200 of the University of the Pacific's students will make a statement about the environment and their commitment to sustainability. They will be wearing gowns made completely out of recycled plastic bottles.
Each gown is made out of 23 bottles, according to officials at Oak Hall Cap & Gown, the manufacturers of the student regalia. The cost of each gown varies, depending on students needs, but range from $66.98 for an undergraduate to $85.98 for a doctoral student. There will be no additional deposit collected because the students will be able to recycle them immediately after their graduation. Special recycle bins for the robes will be placed around the Stockton campus for the caps and gowns.
"Our students have been very active in efforts that promote sustainability and an environmentally sustainable University," Provost Maria Palavicini said in a press release. "The look and feel of the gowns to be worn on graduation day are nearly identical to those worn in the past. We are proud that our students are carrying their passion forward as they enter the next stages of their lives."