The majority of one-use plastic bottles in the United States are not recycled, creating significant waste. But some of the bottles that are recycled find a new home among NC State graduates. The signature red NC State graduation gowns worn at the university’s commencement ceremony are woven with special thread made from recycled plastic bottles. Twenty-three bottles make one gown. Since NC State began using the eco-friendly gowns in 2011, graduates have saved more than 193,338 bottles from landfills. Plus, 25 cents from each gown purchase is donated to sustainability programs at NC State.