Plastic coat hangers? I hate them. They are rubbish, break easily and are bad for your clothes.
They are usually given away with a purchase of clothing..
Even if you refuse the hanger don’t fondly think it is automatically going to be reused. Many clothes now are bought, ready- hung from the manufacturer. They are not hung in store.
Some of the larger coat hangers may be reused at home but there is a limit to how many coat hangers you need.
And if you are talking knickers vests and the like, those hangers are little more than one-use disposables. Unless you have a strange fetish for them, you don’t keep them and the stores certainly don’t reuse them.
The amount of waste created by these disposable hangers in phenomenal. It is claimed the USA alone they get through 8 billion plastic /wire hangers a year . – enough to fill the empire states building 4 times over. You can find a lot more statistics on hanger abuse here.
And no recycling is not the answer!
Saying NO to plastic coat hangers
Refuse – I try to buy un-hung clothes when ever possible. That means clothes that are not displayed on hangers.
Marks & Spencers – Occasionally I do buy pre-hung clothes. But first I ask what the shops policy is on recycling those hangers. Most companies say they recycle them and there are bins provided. But recycling is only a better form of waste disposal. It is still WASTE and still costs a lot of money. If the product is unnecessary in the first place, is a huge misuse of resources.
Which means I buy from Marks & Spencers who say they reuse the hangers.
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