In an effort to create more sustainability in fashion, a new ingenious and completely recyclable clothing hanger was developed by fashion designer Roland Mouret in an effort to eliminate the use of plastic hangers. It is becoming a widely known fact that plastic hangers to the fashion industry are exactly like plastic straws. Plastic hangers as we know them now are extremely hard to recycle; a normal plastic hanger could include up to seven different types of plastic in addition to metals. In fact, a startling piece of research claims that plastic hangers could take up to a 1,000 years to break down. Imagine what that would do to our environment!
The recyclable plastic hangers designed by Rouland Mouret are 80% recyclable plastic that has been recovered from the sea, 20% regular recyclable plastic, and the hooks are made out of aluminium. The hangers are slate grey, maintaining the natural color of the recyclable plastic, and they are made in collaboration with the firm Arch and Hook. Mouret continued to explain that the new recyclable hanger is even stronger than your regular plastic one, however, the minute you break it, it is completely recyclable.
You can have something that becomes so circular that nothing goes back to the sea. Mouret explained.
Unfortunately, Mouret explained that he has offered 300 of his new hangers to most designers at London’s Fashion Week, and only 20% of the designers accepted them! On the other hand, famed UK department store John Lewis, are encouraging their customers to bring in their old plastic hangers either for reuse or for in-store recycling. So we see that the fashion world is still struggling with this issue, but we hope that these efforts will slowly but surely turn things around! Don’t you wish you could see more of these sustainability efforts on a global level as well as on a local level? We certainly hope so!