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What are Ditto Hangers made from?

Ditto Hangers are made out of 100% recycled content, FSC Certified, K2 Paper Fiberboard. This highly compressed material is the strongest paper-based material available. Each hanger has a slightly different look due to the highly unique recycled paper content.

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What goes into a Ditto Hanger?

Ditto Hangers are certified to be non-toxic and contain no formaldehyde, chlorines, heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, antimony), pesticides and azo dyes. We use only soy-based inks and starch-based adhesives. There is no off-gassing of dangerous chemicals, unlike plastic, wood and bamboo hangers.

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How strong are Ditto Hangers?

Ditto Hangers are exceptionally sturdy, holding well over 20lbs! Ditto Hangers will hold even the heaviest winter jacket.

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How long do Ditto Hangers last?

With reasonable care, Ditto Hangers will last a lifetime.

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What else can I do with a Ditto Hanger?

You can fit 100% more clothes in small closets with Ditto.
You can write on Ditto Hangers for cleaning or storing instructions or clothing identification
Use them for travel (TSA accepted) and they take up less room in your suitcase.
Great for kid's camps or sleepovers.
Perfect for small college closets
Makes great baby shower or moving in presents.

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Can I put wet clothing on Ditto Hangers?

Ditto Hangers are moisture resistant and can hang slightly damp clothing. We do not recommend wet clothing on Ditto Hangers.

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I want to change my closet to Ditto hangers. What do I do with all of the wire, plastic and wood hangers?

Most municipal recycling programs will not accept hangers. Putting them in your recycling bin usually means they’ll end up in the landfill. Reuse is always the best choice, so donating your hangers to non-profit organizations such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army is always a good solution to making sure your discarded hangers get reused.

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Why are hangers such a problem?

The California Integrated Waste Management Board recently calculated that 85% of all hangers end up in landfills. In the US every day over 15.5 million wire, plastic and wood hangers go into landfills.

8 billion hangers are landfilled very year, enough to fill 4.6 Empire State Buildings from basement to observation deck…every year!

Add to this the growing industry trend in the garment industry of Garments on Hangers (or GOH). Hangers are put on clothing at the factories over seas and shipped to the stores already on hangers. When a garment is sold, there is no other use for the hanger. So they go into a box under the counter and are thrown into the dumpster at the end of the day.

In landfills plastic hangers can last over 1,000 years (40 generations) leaching dangerous chemicals into our ground water such as Benzene (a carcinogen in polysytrene) or Bisphenol-A (a hormone disruptor in polycarbonate). Wood and wire hangers can last over 100 years in an anaerobic landfill.

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Why aren’t most hangers recyclable?

Hangers cause so many problems with recyclers and are usually of such low-grade material that most recycling centers and agencies ban hangers from their collection systems.

Wire hangers are made from low-grade metals and have varnishes and paints that are problematic with recycling. Wire hangers also get entangled in recycling machinery, jamming them and forcing entire lines to be shut down while the hangers are cut from axels and cams.

Plastic hangers are made from up to 7 different types of plastic, making identification on a rapidly moving conveyor belt impossible. Plastics are low-grade and come from all over the world, meaning no standard of materials exists. Plastic hangers also feature multiple materials such as wire hooks and clips and non-slip vinyl or rubber pads. All of these make recycling costly and prohibitive.

Wood hangers seem recyclable and the organic solution but are not. Made of multiple materials (wood, wire hooks and clips, non-slip pads) wood hangers are not recyclable. Made of non-FSC certified wood, they are sprayed with high VOC stains and sealers and are not compostable in any system.

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Where are our hangers made?

Ditto Hangers are made in certified factories in Asia and have passed rigid audits for ecological, economical and social criteria. Our hangers are made in Asia due to a large percentage of our business being Garments on Hangers (or GOH) in which our hangers are sent directly to overseas clothing manufacturers, where the clothing is hung on hangers and shipped to stores in the US already on hangers.

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Are Wood/Bamboo hangers an environmental solution?

No. The vast majority of wood hangers are not made from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood. They are not recyclable or compostable and only can be disposed of in a landfill. Both bamboo and wood also are sprayed with VOC finishes and stains which off-gas toxins. And because of wire hooks and clips and non-slip pads, it is prohibitive to separate the materials on a large scale. Because of that, the vast majority of wood and bamboo hangers end up in landfills taking over 100 years to breakdown.

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Is recycling more cost efficient than using new material?

Recycling is beneficial for many reasons beyond reuse of the material stock: decreased air pollution and greenhouse gases from incineration, reduced hazardous waste leaching from landfills, reduced energy consumption and reduced waste and resource depletion, which leads to a reduction in environmentally damaging mining and timber activity.

Some examples of the benefits of recycling:

Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save:

17 trees
380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space
4000 kilowatts of energy
7000 gallons of water.
64% energy savings
58% water savings,
60 pounds less of air pollution!
A paper mill uses 40 percent less energy to make paper from recycled paper than it does to make paper from fresh lumber.

Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source, bauxite.

Recycling one PET bottle can conserve enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for 6 hours or a 15 watt fluorescent bulb for a day.

25 plastic bottles can be used to make one adult fleece jackets

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