GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Is your graduation gown still hanging up in a closet somewhere? 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. Their 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 and Kendall Colleges 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.