Rabbit ears for your t.v., a makeshift slim-jim when you've locked your keys in the car... there are many creative re-uses for those wire hangers that come with your dry cleaned shirts. Individual creativity notwithstanding, 3.5 billion wire hangers end up in landfills every year!
HangerNetwork is giving their 100% recycled paper hangers to dry cleaners to try for free. The reason they are able to do this is because of advertising space they sell on the hanger itself. So if you are strong enough to resist the urge to run out for a cup of Dunkin' Donuts joe every time you open your closet, you may want to consider talking to your local dry cleaner about using EcoHangers.
They last six to eight weeks and are biodegradable. Of course, this is a mixed bag because while biodegradable is good in theory, landfills are not conducive to letting things break down naturally. The hangers are made in the USA in EPA regulated plants, as opposed to wire hangers, which are produced overseas in low wage plants.
ALSO, REGULAR METAL HANGERS ARE REYCLABLE IN NYC!
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