Clothes hangers going to landfill: The Sitch and the Solutions

I don’t know what it’s like at your place, but even as a Sustainable Fashion label, the clothes hanger situation at the BelFin Studio can get a little annoying.

It’s the creeping accumulation of them; the plastic-ness of them; the hooky part; and their tangle-ability. They are as annoying to organise as a mind on a bad acid trip and are about as friendly as a small room full of pointy elbows.

But the main thing is, that on the whole, NOBODY WANTS THEM! I mean, you can’t GIVE them away.  In the manufacturing process, labels that produce offshore may receive garments on hangers, and it’s less expensive to bin them than to pay for new ones for the next order.  When they send out goods, many of the hangers are off-loaded onto the Clothing Stores. And guess what their options are? With 7 types of plastic used in hangers, and mixed materials (metal, non-slip rubber etc,) many Recycling Programs can’t recycle them.*  So, off to the landfill they go.

Billions of plastic retail hangers go into landfill every year. It has been estimated around 34 billion** That’s 93 million plastic hangers, per day!

This is not pretty. In fact, this another major pollution from the unsustainable fashion industry.

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For Independent clothing labels producing onshore, the majority of hangers can be re-used over and over again in the manufacturing, pressing and dispatch processes, especially when a label chooses quality, enduring hangers. Also there are paper fibreboard hangers we can use, which are sturdy and can be 100% recycled such as ecohang, and greenhanger

Please check out HANGD as they continue the campaign for a change and raised awareness on this issue from the ground up. But wouldn’t it be ace if the big clothing outlets took up this corporate social responsibility?  I see some corporations have made it a part of their sustainability strategy. And what else?

In Kindness,

BelFin
*City of Melbourne says they recycle hangers on their site. Banyule does not. What’s up in your area?

** See Hangd

Digitally made clothing that is 100% recyclable!

Zero Waste: Textile Heroes.

Dr Kate Goldsworthy is a leading researcher in sustainable textile design and development in the UK. Dr Kate Goldsworthy excites me. After all, I am passionate about sustainable fashion, eco wear and green living, in general. But most of all, I am a textile fetishist.

Dr Kate, (Can I call you that?), completed her PhD research on re-imagining the way we could manufacture textiles.  She created ‘Laser-Line’ a new production system for designing synthetic textiles that can be fully recycled.

One of Dr Kate’s ‘textilicious’ current projects is the:  ZERO WASTE DRESS

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The Zero Waste Dress is using the ‘Laser Line’ production system together with ‘Minimal Seam Construction’ concepts (the work of her partner in this project, David Telfer).

The garment prototypes are designed to be produced in a single-step digital manufacturing process which cuts, seams and finishes the product in a flat-bed system, with zero process waste.  Indeed!

It is 100% monomaterial (‘made of one thing’) and suitable for full chemical recycling at end-of-life.

It’s still early days, but…What the Awesome!?

What do you think? Heard of anything similar? Let me know.

Check out this video below. Does it bend your mind too?