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(Ann Arbor News)   Graduates walk across stage wearing 23 plastic bottles   (annarbor.com) divider line 31
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2012-11-13 04:50:54 PM  
That puts a whole new spin on graduation caps.
 
2012-11-13 07:19:28 PM  
I gat a five cents deposit for them...
 
2012-11-13 07:23:58 PM  
I was looking for great pics. Recycled materials are not as fun as clear plastic bottles on co-eds.
 
2012-11-13 07:24:19 PM  

skinink: I gat a five cents deposit for them...


Everyone knows the deposit is a dime in Michigan.

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2012-11-13 07:26:35 PM  
Let's see that must be a meaningful allusion to... uh let me see... nothing.
 
2012-11-13 07:30:22 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Let's see that must be a meaningful allusion to... uh let me see... nothing.


I think it suggests that many of those graduates will end up sorting garbage at the recycling plant.
 
2012-11-13 07:32:26 PM  
 
2012-11-13 07:38:37 PM  
23, huh?
 
2012-11-13 07:39:54 PM  
At some point isn't the demand for recycled plastic going to surpass the supply, meaning plastic would no longer be diverted from a landfill? Has that not happened yet?
 
2012-11-13 07:42:14 PM  
I bet they'll still cost an arm and a leg.
 
2012-11-13 07:44:52 PM  
What utter bullcrap. They force you to buy a plastic gown that you'll only use once and claim it's green. Yeah, fark them.

You know what green is? Green is having a room full of wool gowns that last decades and that they can be rented out (you know- for cheap) to students with an option to let them buy one if they really want it. You know, what used to be common practice before Jostens started giving kickbacks to school administrators so they can lock students into paying $50 or so for something cheaply constructed out of the world's cheapest polyester fabric that cost them 10 cents made in china.

Forgive me if I'm not impressed. It's a publicity stunt, they're still just pumping out more disposable crap into the world. If you want to be green, you don't make something with the expectation that it'll be used once and thrown away.
 
2012-11-13 07:58:06 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Let's see that must be a meaningful allusion to... uh let me see... nothing.


Nope, nothing at all.
 
2012-11-13 08:12:19 PM  

cptjeff: What utter bullcrap. They force you to buy a plastic gown that you'll only use once and claim it's green. Yeah, fark them.

You know what green is? Green is having a room full of wool gowns that last decades and that they can be rented out (you know- for cheap) to students with an option to let them buy one if they really want it. You know, what used to be common practice before Jostens started giving kickbacks to school administrators so they can lock students into paying $50 or so for something cheaply constructed out of the world's cheapest polyester fabric that cost them 10 cents made in china.

Forgive me if I'm not impressed. It's a publicity stunt, they're still just pumping out more disposable crap into the world. If you want to be green, you don't make something with the expectation that it'll be used once and thrown away.


You hit it on the head. I work for a U. which does "Green Initiatives" every time you turn your head but it's all a shell game. An it's done for publicity. LEEDS buildings that don't connect to campus so everyone must either walk though the rain or drive their cars to the rest of campus during inclement weather, for instance.
What a friggin' joke.
 
2012-11-13 08:18:28 PM  
So instead of doing laundry I can just recycle my clothing into new stuff? What a way to go green! Im sure recycling it costs nothing.
 
2012-11-13 08:30:46 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: You hit it on the head. I work for a U. which does "Green Initiatives" every time you turn your head but it's all a shell game. An it's done for publicity. LEEDS buildings that don't connect to campus so everyone must either walk though the rain or drive their cars to the rest of campus during inclement weather, for instance.
What a friggin' joke.


Not every green initiative is a joke, my Alma Mater was very good about doing it right. Though we did have compostable gowns, though they were clearly Jostens' idea, not the university's, and the university president mocked them as part of his remarks at graduation.
 
2012-11-13 08:32:47 PM  
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2012-11-13 08:55:32 PM  
23 bottles symbolizes the amount student will drink that night, die stupidly in horrible car wreck, a lifetime of potential tragically cut short while others cry. happens every year at so many graduations. why no one tell the kids 'don't be a farkin cliche?'
 
2012-11-13 09:21:54 PM  

cptjeff: Though we did have compostable gowns, though they were clearly Jostens' idea, not the university's, and the university president mocked them as part of his remarks at graduation.


As they should. I take 'compostable' as still being disposable. Spending another 50% on the construction will give you gowns that will last decades, which is higher up on the 'green chain' - Reduce, Reuse*, recycle, dump.
 
2012-11-13 09:31:59 PM  
Each, or total?
 
2012-11-13 09:42:37 PM  

Shrink: skinink: I gat a five cents deposit for them...

Everyone knows the deposit is a dime in Michigan.

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Carbonated beverages only.

Firethorn: cptjeff: Though we did have compostable gowns, though they were clearly Jostens' idea, not the university's, and the university president mocked them as part of his remarks at graduation.

As they should. I take 'compostable' as still being disposable. Spending another 50% on the construction will give you gowns that will last decades, which is higher up on the 'green chain' - Reduce, Reuse*, recycle, dump.


I had to freaking BUY my gown at a university up the street from EMU. I'd rather have one I could toss in the compost bin out back, honestly.
 
2012-11-13 10:13:28 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: That puts a whole new spin on graduation caps.


Since no one else will..

Nice one.
 
2012-11-13 10:19:21 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: That puts a whole new spin on graduation caps.


*groan*
 
2012-11-13 11:12:47 PM  
They used to made out of crepe paper.

/Flammable or something
 
2012-11-13 11:54:21 PM  

cptjeff: What utter bullcrap. They force you to buy a plastic gown that you'll only use once and claim it's green. Yeah, fark them.

You know what green is? Green is having a room full of wool gowns that last decades and that they can be rented out (you know- for cheap) to students with an option to let them buy one if they really want it. You know, what used to be common practice before Jostens started giving kickbacks to school administrators so they can lock students into paying $50 or so for something cheaply constructed out of the world's cheapest polyester fabric that cost them 10 cents made in china.

Forgive me if I'm not impressed. It's a publicity stunt, they're still just pumping out more disposable crap into the world. If you want to be green, you don't make something with the expectation that it'll be used once and thrown away.


Better still, they could just do away with the ceremonial dress and have people graduate in the clothes they already own, meaning they don't have to create or use any product specifically for graduating.
 
2012-11-14 12:19:28 AM  
I...I don't particularly care. My cap and gown was rayon or some such crap, and it cost me not a penny. I won it at what my university called "Graduate Day," and when my mother told me she'd pay for all my graduation expenses, I just pocketed the...uh...like $50? (Give me a break; I graduated three and a half years ago.)

/Certain I bought a video game with that money
 
2012-11-14 01:51:56 AM  

telaran: Better still, they could just do away with the ceremonial dress and have people graduate in the clothes they already own, meaning they don't have to create or use any product specifically for graduating.


Have you seen the clothes undergrads these days own? That might work if most had a decent suit or even dress shirt, but that's a wild stretch. The tradition is nice, and it does ensure that nobody looks like a complete clown and ruin the ceremony for people that do want to take it seriously.

StreetlightInTheGhetto: I had to freaking BUY my gown at a university up the street from EMU. I'd rather have one I could toss in the compost bin out back, honestly.


No no, you misunderstand- these were compostable rayon gowns we paid $50 for. You paid them money for a gown made out of corn starch that you were supposed to toss in with the yard waste after one use.
 
2012-11-14 02:13:37 AM  

cptjeff: telaran: Better still, they could just do away with the ceremonial dress and have people graduate in the clothes they already own, meaning they don't have to create or use any product specifically for graduating.

Have you seen the clothes undergrads these days own? That might work if most had a decent suit or even dress shirt, but that's a wild stretch. The tradition is nice, and it does ensure that nobody looks like a complete clown and ruin the ceremony for people that do want to take it seriously.

StreetlightInTheGhetto: I had to freaking BUY my gown at a university up the street from EMU. I'd rather have one I could toss in the compost bin out back, honestly.

No no, you misunderstand- these were compostable rayon gowns we paid $50 for. You paid them money for a gown made out of corn starch that you were supposed to toss in with the yard waste after one use.


OK, for a second I thought that said COMBUSTIBLE gowns and I thought, well, that would work too, especially at the after-graduation party...
 
2012-11-14 02:51:41 AM  

Gyrfalcon: cptjeff: telaran: Better still, they could just do away with the ceremonial dress and have people graduate in the clothes they already own, meaning they don't have to create or use any product specifically for graduating.

Have you seen the clothes undergrads these days own? That might work if most had a decent suit or even dress shirt, but that's a wild stretch. The tradition is nice, and it does ensure that nobody looks like a complete clown and ruin the ceremony for people that do want to take it seriously.

StreetlightInTheGhetto: I had to freaking BUY my gown at a university up the street from EMU. I'd rather have one I could toss in the compost bin out back, honestly.

No no, you misunderstand- these were compostable rayon gowns we paid $50 for. You paid them money for a gown made out of corn starch that you were supposed to toss in with the yard waste after one use.

OK, for a second I thought that said COMBUSTIBLE gowns and I thought, well, that would work too, especially at the after-graduation party...


Could have made the hour and a half of people walking across the stage and posing with their diplomas a little more amusing too.
 
2012-11-14 03:12:27 AM  

cptjeff: telaran: Better still, they could just do away with the ceremonial dress and have people graduate in the clothes they already own, meaning they don't have to create or use any product specifically for graduating.

Have you seen the clothes undergrads these days own? That might work if most had a decent suit or even dress shirt, but that's a wild stretch. The tradition is nice, and it does ensure that nobody looks like a complete clown and ruin the ceremony for people that do want to take it seriously.


Heh, I certainly have, having graduated recently. One could reasonably set a minor dress code to prevent people really ruining it (though if someone is dressed as a mega-hippie or a clown, oh well. That shouldn't really ruin anyone else's ceremony, just make that person look like an idiot). It's not like half the people don't look like a rainbow pinata anyway, what with all the various cords and stoles people have draped around their necks, along with pins galore. I had 5 cords and two stoles, which I thought was a lot and made me look silly, but some people had upwards of 15 of the damn things.
 
2012-11-14 08:55:18 AM  

telaran: cptjeff: telaran: Better still, they could just do away with the ceremonial dress and have people graduate in the clothes they already own, meaning they don't have to create or use any product specifically for graduating.

Have you seen the clothes undergrads these days own? That might work if most had a decent suit or even dress shirt, but that's a wild stretch. The tradition is nice, and it does ensure that nobody looks like a complete clown and ruin the ceremony for people that do want to take it seriously.

Heh, I certainly have, having graduated recently. One could reasonably set a minor dress code to prevent people really ruining it (though if someone is dressed as a mega-hippie or a clown, oh well. That shouldn't really ruin anyone else's ceremony, just make that person look like an idiot). It's not like half the people don't look like a rainbow pinata anyway, what with all the various cords and stoles people have draped around their necks, along with pins galore. I had 5 cords and two stoles, which I thought was a lot and made me look silly, but some people had upwards of 15 of the damn things.


Somebody graduated with a 1.9 GPA.
 
2012-11-15 12:07:10 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: I had to freaking BUY my gown at a university up the street from EMU. I'd rather have one I could toss in the compost bin out back, honestly.


Change BUY to RENT or even 'check out'. I'm not crazy enough to suggest that you're going to individually reuse your graduation gown, much less reuse it enough to justify such a purchase.

Since it should mostly be 'one size fits all', it should be relatively cheap if you buy slightly better quality and reuse it for a few decades. Keep it out of the hands of professional rental places like where you get a tux from, have the school do it itself(if it wants a fancy color/logo). Have the students form a committee to handle the handout/hand in, charge like $5-10 for the work. Not $50 for something you'll wear once.

Better yet, rather than colors and logos, go with basic black and share between the local colleges and public schools.
 
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