Clarke Caps and Gowns Go Green

posted on March 24, 2010

At this year’s Clarke College Commencement, the traditionally black gowns and mortar boards will go green as the College introduces the use of new recyclable attire for the ceremony.

Graduates participating in the May Commencement exercises will wear attire from the Jostens Elements Collection. The collection’s fabric fiber is made from wood sourced exclusively from renewable, managed forests and is developed using 100 percent acetate material.

Based on scientific research, the fabric is proven to decompose in soil in one year. In addition, the zipper tape and teeth are made from 100 percent recycled PET. The regalia also comes in earth-friendly packaging that facilitates the decomposition process of the cap and gown bag.

“Clarke is committed to sustainability and is pleased to work with Jostens on minimizing our environmental impact,” said Clarke Provost Joan Lingen, BVM, Ph.D. “In addition to directly reducing the waste that often ends up in landfills, the use of this attire reinforces that being earth-friendly is possible in so many ways, big and small.”

Also committed to environmental sustainability, Jostens also offers students an additional way to support the environment when using this attire through a unique Student Give Back Program. When a student redeems their Elements Collection regalia hang tag code on-line, Jostens will contribute $1 to support environmental sustainability.

“Graduation is a major achievement in life and, together with our customers, we will celebrate this achievement while doing the right thing for the environment,” said Tim Larson, Jostens president and CEO.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.


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