Grand Rapids man recycles graduation gowns

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man is making it his business to recycle graduation gowns.

The Grand Rapids Press reports ( http://bit.ly/1m6FMCo ) that Seth Yon's Greener Grads is on a mission to recycle 1 million gowns. The Grand Rapids man started the company to recover, reuse and repurpose gowns in partnerships with Goodwill Industries and universities.

He says more than 5 million graduation gowns worn annually are made mostly of polyester that cannot biodegrade.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Sierra Club Green Home and Michigan Green Schools have endorsed the effort. The recycled gowns would be sold for $20 to $30 — about half the price of regular gowns.

The company's partners include Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University, Aquinas College, Berea College and the University of Louisville.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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