ISU grads don eco-friendly gowns

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As part of Iowa State’s sustainability program, about 1,700 graduating Cyclones sported gowns made of recycled plastic today as they received their diplomas, reports the Des Moines Register.

Ames, Ia. – Iowa State University student Michael Goedert will be wearing the equivalent of about 23 plastic bottles when he receives his diploma today.

Goedert and nearly 1,700 other ISU graduates will be the first students here to don environmentally friendly gowns made from recycled plastic.

“I think it’s an awesome idea,” he said.

The gowns are part of a broader effort at ISU to use fewer resources. The university created a sustainability program last year called Live Green. It has spawned a recycling program in dormitories and significantly reduced the amount of cafeteria food thrown away….