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.