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Wartburg students don "green" graduation gowns

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

During the 159th commencement at Wartburg College in Waverly, graduates were wearing some unique eco-friendly gowns.  Each gown was made from about 22 recycled plastic bottles.  Wartburg says it was interested in offering the "green gowns" as part of the college's ongoing environmentally-friendly efforts.

"We also started this year a sustainability pledge which a number of the students have signed, and they're wearing a little green pin.  I think it's all emblematic of their interest in long term health and wellness personally and of the society," said Deborah Loers, vice president of student life at Wartburg.

And since most students never wear their gowns again, they also had the chance to donate them after graduation, so the gowns can be recycled again.

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