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UMW graduation to be “eco-friendly”

The University of Mary Washington’s Class of 2011 will wear eco-friendly caps and gowns during next spring’s graduation.

In a press release today, UMW called the news part of its “ongoing move toward greater sustainability.”The apparel is made of acetate fabric, which uses natural wood from renewable managed forests, according to a press release.  It decomposes in one year.

The regalia also includes “Eco-Zip” coil zipper tape and teeth made from recycled plastic.  And the plastic cap-and-gown bag contains material that helps with the decomposition process, UMW’s press release states.

In addition to the caps and gowns, UMW will for the first time use recycled paper for personalized graduation announcements.

UMW student sustainability coordinator Tori Wong, who graduates in May 2011, stated:  “It makes me very proud to be a part of such a committed university.  “It’s exciting to me that Mary Washington has recognized the environmental impact of purchasing 1,000 student graduation gowns every year and has embraced a better solution to celebrating college graduation in style.”

The university will unveil the new regalia at its bookstore during Senior Days in March.  Other schools with sustainable graduation attire include Georgetown University, the College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University and Davidson College.


  • http://redbubble~Marriet Maryann Harvey

    Congratulations on a very smart, green decision! Small things add up. My son is graduating from UMW with an Environmental Science degree this year. What a great start!