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The December commencement ceremonies
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just one more way UNT is being green.

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UNT Insider | January 2010 Issue | Going green for graduation: UNT students wore biodegradable gowns

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Going green for graduation: UNT students wore biodegradable gowns

From a UNT News Service press release

Green Gowns

While the students walking across the stage at the December 2009 graduation looked similar to students from previous years, there was one notable difference: some of the students wore biodegradable gowns.

Offered through the UNT Bookstore, the Jostens Elements Collection graduation gowns will decompose in soil in one year. The acetate fabric fiber of the gowns is made from natural wood sourced from renewable forests. In addition, the zipper is made from fully recycled polyethylene terephthalate, a plastic typically used for consumer goods such as soft drink bottles. The packaging for the gowns contains materials from ECM BioFilms, making it easier for the bag to decompose.

About 2,250 undergraduate students graduated in December, in addition to nearly 500 master's students and about 60 doctoral students.

Monique Bird with UNT News Service can be reached at monique.bird@unt.edu.

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January 2010

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