Herff Jones Expands “Go Green” Regalia Efforts with Recycled Gowns
Herff Jones is excited and proud to be the only company to offer a complete “Green” program for caps and gowns.
With rental and recycled gowns, Herff Jones offers the most complete eco-friendly gown program in the college graduation industry. Students, faculty, and the environment benefit by Herff Jones offering an outstanding choice of green regalia programs.
- ClassRental™ caps and gowns are premium-quality gowns which are cleaned, inspected, and packaged after each use. Using rental gowns positively affects eventual landfill usage as well as requiring less material and energy than creating new gowns for each commencement.
- CustomRental™ caps and gowns offer an unmatched level of customization and personalization. Custom colors. Custom Embroidery. Custom Accessories. At our dry-cleaning operations located in Champaign, IL, the gowns are cleaned with an environmentally friendly solvent (DriSol), and our recovery dryers capture and reuse up to 90% of the solvent – significantly higher than EPA guidelines. Herff Jones does not and has never used PERC.
- Renew caps and gowns are a Green Keeper alternative made from Repreve® yarn. REPREVE is made from recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles. Repreve is certified by U Trust™ verification Program as being 100% recycled and made from post-consumer waste. Each Herff Jones graduation gown made with REPREVE uses about 29 post-consumer plastic bottles, collectively saving over 7 million post-consumer plastic water bottles this year. Unifi, who makes Repreve, donates a portion of sales to worthy environmental causes. Visit repreve.com and choose what cause you would like Repreve to donate to.
- To continue efforts in minimizing its carbon footprint, Herff Jones provides an innovative effort in sustainability - The Renew Gown Recycling program. After graduation, the Renew gowns are collected in specially designed recycling bins. The cap and tassel is kept to commemorate graduation accomplishments.
"The ClassRental cap and gown continues to be the gold standard for an environmentally-friendly graduation, while the Renew fabric provides a good alternative for colleges that require a keepsake product. Herff Jones customers have an outstanding choice of green regalia programs," adds Ken Langlois, Vice President of Sales for Herff Jones.
In addition to the regalia products, Herff Jones has made a commitment to environmental stewardship through online ordering processes that eliminate the need for paper orders, greatly reducing paper waste while improving ordering time. For all Herff Jones graduation regalia, orders are individually marked, packaged and shipped in recycled or recyclable products to minimize waste.
It’s not just about recycling. It’s about giving back. Herff Jones is giving back to the planet.