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Wartburg graduates to wear gowns made from plastic bottles

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Wartburg College seniors will wear the latest in graduation attire when they cross the stage on Sunday.

The 359 graduates will wear gowns made from recycled plastic bottles. The manufacturer, Oak Hall Cap & Gown, says each gown is made from about 23 bottles. The material looks and feels similar to traditional polyester.

This is the first year the school has used the recyclable gowns, saying they are not only environmentally friendly, but also cheaper than varieties they have used in the past.

Recycling boxes will also be provided after the commencement on Sunday for students who decide not to keep their gowns. The gowns will then be recycled by another company into other products.

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