Eco-offerings from Herff Jones has had a new exciting addition with the unveiling of EarthGrad, the first ever rental commencement gown made entirely from Repreve recycled fiber. With this around 600 graduates from the Purdue University will wear on stage these EarthGrad rental gowns, which have been made as part of the upcycling of 44,400 bottles from landfills. Repreve has been created from recycled plastic bottles and the gowns made by Unifi Inc, a leading producer of sustainable textiles. Each EarthGrad gown consists of 74 recycled plastic bottles.
The inclusion of EarthGrad gowns made Purdue the first ever university to effect graduation in eco-friendly conditions. EarthGrad gowns are also part of Herff Jones custom rental programme, in which each gown will be returned after graduation and made available for rental by future commencements, increasing eco-conscious impact.
With the eco-friendly commencement programme, Purdue is looking to raise awareness about the importance of recycling among students. The university also announced EarthGrad as the official commencement regalia for winter 2013 and spring 2014.
This results in the recycle of more than 562,400 water bottles. The EarthGrad gowns are made up of REPREVE fiber, which is solely manufactured from recycled plastic bottles.
Herff Jones is also involved in the making of class rings, yearbooks, diplomas and educational resources with environmentally friendly materials like recycled gold and FCS certified wood.