Addressing The Dressing Room Dilemma

8 Billion Plastic Hangers in Landfills Each Year

Each year, an estimated 8 billion unrecyclable plastic hangers and more than 3.5 million wire hangers end up in landfills, enough to fill almost five Empire State Buildings. The vast majority are made of seven different types of low-grade plastics, and separating them adequately is too complicated (and time-consuming) so most municipal recyclers choose not to accept hangers. Plastic hangers require over 1,000 years to break down, while wire hangers can take over 100 years to decompose. In the retail world, hangers are so ubiquitous as to be both vital and almost invisible. It’s hard to imagine a retail model that doesn’t involve a clothes hanger. In recent years, a new trend has emerged in retail, as suppliers are shipping pre-hung garments so that individual stores need only open the box and hang up the garment. This practice shortens the lifespan of a hanger, requires more to be made, meaning more bound for landfills. Oakland, CA-based GreenHeart Global has launched its Ditto Hangers, made from recycled paper and PET plastic, as it seeks to bring sustainability to an environmentally-challenged industry.

Ditto Hangers has designed hangers made from recycled Paper and PET Plastic, providing a viable (and important) alternative for both the short-term “floor-ready” system and the longer requirements of floor reused hangers. Their paper hangers are 100% recylcable, made of 80-100% post-consumer waste, intended for lost cost, short cycle use. The more durable plastic hanger, made from 100% recycled PET, was lauded for its breakthrough design, winning first prize for Urban Sustainable Design at the 2007 International Design Awards. For more info, visit

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