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Clean Green Clothes Hangers
Emily Gertz, 15 Nov 07

An interesting example of making the invisible visible: Miya writes, "Tons of waste flow out of retail clothing stores every year which remains invisible to the average customer: billions of the ubiquitous plastic and wire hanger. Only 15% of them are
typically recycled, sending the rest to landfills. They sit there, not breaking down, and leaching dangerous chemicals into the ground water such as benzene and bi-phenyl A [sic]..." And often they're made of mixed materials, making them nearly impossible to recycle efficiently, even if anyone was interested in doing so. Her company, Green Heart Global, is launching Ditto Hangers, two lines of recyclable hangers, "paper hangers made from certified recycled paper with vegetable inks and environmentally friendly starch adhesives, and PET (same as water bottle plastic) plastic hangers made from the most highly recycled of all plastics world-wide." The materials can be recycled via most in-store recycling programs for paper and plastic.

(Thanks, Miya!)

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