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Posted: Monday, 12 May 2014 11:20AM

Graduation Gown Recycling Program Launches In Michigan

What did you do with your graduation gown after commencement? Most of us probably tossed it in the trash, but one group in Michigan is working to stop that. Seth Yon started Greener Grads because he got tired of seeing the gowns tossed away or forgotten about in the back of a closet after working in the graduation apparel industry for several years.


The group hopes to recover one million gowns from 2014 graduates.


Greener Grads has also partnered with Goodwill Industries in the Grand Rapids area to allow past graduates to turn in their gowns at those locations. Yon says while they're not working with any schools yet in Berrien, Cass or Van Buren counties, any school can contact him through to get a collection box for commencement. They collected gowns over the weekend from several schools including Kendall College and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids,and the University of Louisville in Kentucky.


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