Unifi Inc.’s Repreve recycled fiber will be used in Oak Hall graduation gowns at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the nation this year. Some of the schools making a sustainable commitment through the use of Repreve-based gowns are The University of North Carolina, Duke University, the University of Connecticut, The University of Maryland, Yale, Columbia, Notre Dame and Rutgers.

During the spring graduation season alone, more than 300,000 students around the U.S. will graduate wearing Oak Hall Repreve-based gowns, using more than 8 million recycled plastic bottles. Caps and gowns made with Repreve are soft to the touch, wrinkle-resistant and lightweight. Sustainability comes full circle, as companies like Oak Hall are introducing programs where students can recycle the gowns, ultimately ending up back in Repreve.

“It’s inspiring to see colleges and universities across the nation choosing Repreve-based graduation gowns,” said Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Unifi, which is based in Greensboro, N.C. “The 2015 graduation season is a great extension of our #TurnItGreen initiative, in which we have worked with UNC Athletics, NFL’s Detroit Lions, ESPN’s X Games Aspen and even Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe Live to raise awareness about Repreve-based products and recycling.”

Since the introduction of Repreve, nearly 60 million plastic bottles have been recycled into Oak Hall GreenWeaver gowns worn by more than 2.2 million students. Repreve is made from recycled materials, including plastic bottles. Each graduation gown is made from about 27 bottles.

Since 2009, Repreve has recycled more than 2 billion plastic bottles into products made by some of America’s favorite brands, including The North Face, Ford, Quiksilver, Volcom and Haggar.