Are Sustainable Hangers All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

The humble hanger has been billed as the ‘plastic straw of the fashion industry’ by designer Roland Mouret. CO takes a look at the alternatives and asks are they all that they are cracked up to be?

What’s the problem?

The sad reality is that 85% of hangers end their life in landfill. In the US, everyday over 15.5 million plastic, wood and wire hangers are thrown away, resulting in 8 billions every year. In the UK 100 million plastic hangers are discarded each year. So, what is the industry doing about it?

Brands are starting to get to grips with this challenge and are looking at ways of replacing hangers, particularly those pesky plastic ‘garments on hangers’ otherwise known as GOH (gar…