How to recycle hangers
I’m on a decluttering mission and I’m focusing on my wardrobe. On my travels around the drawers, shelves and rails I’ve found numerous hangers I no longer need.
Part of this is because I’m planning, for the first time in my life, a capsule wardrobe!
It all feels terribly grown up, but the reality is I’m an 80/20 woman. No, I’m not talking about Barbie measurements; I am quite sure I wear 20% of my clothes 80% of the time. Everything else ends up in messy piles on top of everything else and to be honest, I’ve had enough of it.
If Gok Wan can do it, then so can I. I’ve been watching some of his programmes where he goes through people’s clothes and designs a complete working wardrobe with just 24 items – it’s inspiring stuff and imagine the amount of time it would take to get ready in the morning. Last year I read that the average woman wastes a year of her life deciding what to wear!
I’m not sure I’ll get to 24 items, but if I get somewhere close I’ll be happy.
The upshot of my recent decluttering is that I’m left with a load of hangers. According to the Daily Green, 8 billion polystyrene and polycarbonate hangers go into our landfills every year so I’ve been looking into ways in which I can keep my own hangers from the landfill and I’d love to hear your suggestions.
I’m sure there will be people who are desperate for hangers. Once upon a time I never had enough and I’m sure I’m not alone.
Apparently charity shops love them. I’m not sure if this is true but I will make it my business to find out.
Tescos have rolled out hanger recycling nationally into all their stores. I’ll be checking mine out to see if they are participating and seeing whether they will only accept their own or if you can take other brands in there too.
Guess what I found this week? Yes, my local shop; The Stock Exchange, where you can take your second hand clothes to sell have a big box of hangers outside their store (picture above); so I’m wondering if I can donate to them in order to give to others.
What about you; are you inundated with hangers? What do you do with them all to keep them out of landfill? And do you always say no to them in the shops when you buy new clothes?