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The Insider:  Bookstore to offer ‘plastic’ shirts this fall

February 15, 2013 9:00 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

Tulane University athletics and the university bookstore soon will offer Tulane apparel made from recycled plastics collected from campus. Items will include everything from Green Wave T-shirts to cups and key chains, says Kelly Venable Carroll of university services.


“Tulane will be the first university to have its on-campus recycling stream captured and converted into raw materials for the production of new items,” says Carroll. “Those items will then be returned to the campus for the Tulane community to purchase.”

Renew Merchandise
is the company taking on the task.

The company recently created merchandise for the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London from the recycled materials collected during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Coca-Cola is one of its clients.

So how do they do it?

First, the company processes the plastic bottles and makes them into filament and yarn. The yarn is then turned into fabric and dyed. Finally, the fabric is cut and sewn into garments.  

Carroll expects that Tulane will see the first of the merchandise arrive this fall. Along with spirit gear, she says, “We also are working to have dining, facilities services and campus bus driver uniforms all made of recycled materials as well.”

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