Salon Series: Legacies

SUSTAINABILITY SALON SERIES: LEGACIES

Arch & Hook’s Sustainability Salon Series is a series of monthly live free webinars, exploring sustainability trends and innovation in the world of fashion, retail, and beyond. Each session is aimed to inspire and spark conversation within our industry and find new and stronger ways forward, towards a better future for our world. Our second session, Legacies, focused on sustainable business transformation.

For this session, Arch & Hook was honoured to host an all-female panel of inspiring sustainability legacies, who have been a driving force in transformational change across global brands, with years of experience in integrating sustainability values and making sustainability part of the core business model of their organisations. We were thrilled to also once again have the inspiring Kerry Bannigan from Conscious Fashion Campaign as a moderator who kept a lively and informative conversation with the panelists about how they approached sustainability challenges, key sustainability opportunities and trends in the retail and fashion industry. And so, the second session was kicked off by Arch & Hook’s CCO, Gertjan Meijer.

Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office at the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) reminded the audience of the role of the UN as a global gateway for catalyzing and building partnerships for businesses to advance the implementation of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and Advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, the UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy, and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry.

During the session, Lucie underlined how businesses can benefit from adopting an SDG-driven infrastructure in adopting a blueprint for how to care for the earth and people and to address the challenges of our climate. There are a couple of reasons why businesses should adopt the SDGs – “It makes common business sense” said Lucie, as an efficient, ethical and sustainable way to  best use their (natural) resources and answer today’s consumers’ demand for business transparency.

Amy Hall serves as President at Impactorum LLC, and Vice President, Social Consciousness for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER. In both capacities, Amy strives to elevate authentic environmental and social impact for business. Amy has extensive experience with the B Corporation movement, circular economy principles, apparel sustainability, and conscious business practices.

Amy shared that EILEEN FISHER approached the challenges of sustainability at such an early stage with their commitment to natural fibers and timeless designs. Followed by layering out attributes such as supply chain, staff and employees, work processes, etc., it ultimately deepened their commitment to sustainability. Amy explained that at EILEEN FISHER, system’s thinking and system’s mapping was one of the practices that have helped them re-envision their commitment to environmental and social sustainability. This type of practice involves people from different departments coming together in one room so that together, as an established working unit, they can recognize sustainability issues, challenges, and how to solve and approach these by together setting up goals and meeting these. By mapping, EILEEN FISHER discovered that their carbon footprint was high and it helped illustrate the reason why. In the wake of the pandemic, Amy has noticed that sustainability jobs will be key and that sustainability as a whole will be taking a greater central position in businesses surviving the pandemic. At EILEEN FISHER they have currently upheld sustainability developments which will prolong their goals but this does not necessarily mean they will no longer address sustainability challenges.

Saskia van Gendt is an environmental scientist with 10+ years of experience in sustainable manufacturing and design and is currently the Head of Sustainability at Rothy’s, where she develops strategies to minimize the environmental impact that the supply chain has on the environment.

Rothy’s is a sustainable women’s shoe and handbag company that uses recycled materials to develop its products. Rothy’s journey was about learning how much waste was present in shoe manufacturing and they decided to do something to change that. In the process, they discovered how much waste is produced. Through that revelation they saw the opportunity to design better shoes that would be timeless. “My favorite aspect of the brand is that the products are designed for a longer life, designed to extend the life cycle” says Saskia.

The last speaker, Shailja Dube leads the responsible business agenda for Accenture Retail UK & Ireland, supporting clients to realize opportunities across the full value chain to positively impact their business, society, and the planet. At Accenture, she has developed and executed social impact strategy, helped global brands share their strategic direction, and delivered complex digital transformation programs. Accenture is also committed to using the SDGs as the basis of their operations, a challenge for many businesses to incorporate and amplify across the entire business model.

Shailja shared that some of the key challenges for retail companies are transparency and complexities across value chains. Some companies do not even have visibility on their supply chains to ensure responsible business. However, there are opportunities within the retail industry when exploring sustainability, centered around technology, circularity, consumer’s (changing) buying habits and how organizations can educate consumers.

The four speakers shared more insights and practical recommendations on adopting sustainable models in the current climate. If you wish to hear about this conversation and the speakers then listen to the full recording here.

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Take a look at the first Mr Marvis Store

Take a look at the first Mr Marvis store

Mr Marvis announced earlier this year that he would open a first brand store in Amsterdam. There was no festive opening from the end of March, but now you can still take a look at the store through the first images that have been shared.

"The opening of the flagship store brings us into even better contact with the Mr Marvis community," said co-founder Steven Vredenbarg in the press release. The brand that specializes in shorts is active in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, and Great Britain. While the brand has an online presence, some customers feel the need to try on the shorts. In an interview with Fashion United, co-founders David Sipkens reported that customers sometimes come to the old office to try on items, but that ended. Nor was this of course in line with the brand experience that Mr Marvis wants to impart.

These are the first images of the Mr Marvis flagship store

The first brand store is designed with a focus on one element. This is in line with Mr Marvis' brand philosophy of focusing on only one category. An illuminated tube connects the entire collection to the fitting rooms in the store. The store was chosen to go for a light and colorful look that gives visitors a summer feeling.

Take a look at the first physical store of Mr Marvis at 44 Oude Looiersstraat in Amsterdam.

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Words, Caitlyn Terra from Fashion United

Photography, Mr Marvis


Salon Series: Changing the Rules of the Game

SUSTAINABILITY SALON SERIES: CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME

Arch & Hook’s Sustainability Salon Series is a series of monthly live webinars, exploring sustainability trends and innovation in the world of fashion, retail, and beyond. With each session, we hope to spark conversation and inspiration within our industry and find new and stronger ways forward towards a better world. Our first webinar focused on “Changing the Rules of the Game”.

As leaders in sustainable fashion innovation, with key products such as our hanger lines, we at Arch & Hook aim to bring people together and talk about sustainability. For “Changing the Rules of the Game” we created a panel of experts from various backgrounds, who have challenged the status quo and offer insightful solutions in their fields and a great discourse on the current challenges we are facing in sustainability. We were also thrilled to have the inspiring Kerry Bannigan from Conscious Fashion Campaign as a moderator who led the conversation masterfully and posed vital questions to our guests focusing on how they solve business challenges on a daily basis, where their industries are heading,  but also how they have evolved in the current COVID-19 crisis. And so, the first session was kicked off by Arch & Hook’s CCO, Gertjan Meijer.

Corinna Williams co-founded Celsious, a premium eco-friendly garment care provider and New York’s first concept laundromat, together with her sister Theresa Williams in 2017. The sisters consider themselves disruptors in the laundry industry by making laundry day an enjoyable experience rather than a boring chore with their concept of laundromat café, and educational ethos of laundry day. But that’s not all, the sisters also aim to make laundry day an eco-friendly and planet-friendly experience. Celsious works with the most energy-efficient equipment that is available in the laundry market, providing natural garment care alternatives to some of the conventional detergents.

During the session, Corinna explained the methods behind Celsious moving towards zero waste, and as successful as that has been,  in the wake of Covid-19, new obstacles have come up in navigating to apply these practices. More so, within the entirety of the laundry industry, Corinna shared, sustainability remains an uncoordinated challenge for its businesses with a lack of “fast enough” and coordinated innovation of its equipment, utilities, and even consumer education.

Our second panelist, Michael Waas, Global VP and Brand Partnerships at TerraCycle, a 15-year-old for-profit but purpose-driven organization focusing on eliminating the idea of waste, presented the fascinating story of how TerraCycle has changed the rules of the game in recycling, by eliminating waste in three ways:

  1. Strive to make everything recyclable: run recycling programs and have pioneer solutions to recycle some of the world’s challenging waste streams. Anything you think might not be recyclable such as cigarette buds, TerraCycle wants to provide a solution to that issue.
  2. Work with product manufacturers to integrate those waste streams into their production supply line. That allows TerraCycle to help companies replace virgin or partially recycled material with their waste material so that companies can keep those materials in the value chain longer.
  3. Through their new platform “Loop”, which is based on a simple and old concept: it’s better to reuse packaging than to use disposable packaging. The platform was launched a year ago in Paris and New York but has already expanded globally.

Our third panelist, Wyke Potjer, is a Dutch Journalist, Partner and Content Manager at hetkanwel.nl , (meaning  “we can do it”), an online platform providing consumer-focused sustainable living content, also called green fair and fun living. This initiative is to show how much fun sustainable living actually can be, and that it does not have to be complicated or hard. Currently, the platform is in Dutch but an English version is in the works. Hetkanwel.nl is an award-winning website in the Netherlands, and they are also launching a book later this year, which Wyke is co-writing.

(TIP: Use Google Chrome browser and translate the website to English in just one right-click)

Throughout the session, Wyke shared how the platform provides its readers daily content about tips and advise on how to live a more sustainable life – how can you greenify your life. Additionally, Wyke also shared how can we remain safe from Covid-19 with regards to food, and what can we do with all this uptick in trash from food/groceries.

All the panelists shared insights on how businesses can implement sustainable practices and operations, and how you weigh extra costs against business gains and if you’d wish to hear about this debate and the speakers, then listen to the full recording here.

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WWD - CFDA Creates Supply Chain Collective as New Member Courtesy

CFDA Creates Supply Chain Collective as New Member Courtesy

The CFDA looks to give members “a great ROI” by connecting them with innovative, sustainable supply chain solutions.

 

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America is looking to give its members more bang for their buck. The organization has established the Supply Chain Collective — an ensemble of eight companies that offer innovative supply chain solutions.

The CFDA will circulate information about the Supply Chain Collective to members beginning early next week and will help facilitate relationships between design houses and the supply chain firms.

The initiative is being overseen by CFDA program manager Cal McNeil, who said the collective represents a shift for the CFDA, which has “historically focused production initiatives around New York City manufacturing in the Garment District. The supply chain is increasingly critical to a brand’s success and is the foundational level of their business — we are giving designers connections and tangible resources to keep that foundation safe and sound.”

The Supply Chain Collective’s initial participants include ApparelMagic, a Florida-based inventory management firm; Arch & Hook from New York, which offers sustainable hangers; Bergen Logistics, also from New Jersey, assists with distribution and fulfillment logistics; KEDIC Fashion Workshop in New York helps brands expand their sizing to become more inclusive; New York artisan sourcing firm, Nest; SwatchOn from South Korea, which works on fabric sourcing and digital printing; Talon International based in Los Angeles sources sustainable zippers, trims and packaging material, and TIPA from Israel, which also offers sustainable packing solutions.

Participants were chosen for their wide-ranging services that are seen to represent most CFDA members’ needs, offering solutions for labels in various categories including ready-to-wear, jewelry, shoes and eyewear.

McNeil declined to comment if the collective’s participants are paying for their inclusion in the program.

For McNeil, the Supply Chain collective, “Does speak to a shift [at the CFDA], that in addition to the support we give around marketing efforts, it goes back to giving tangible resources for brands. We know that brands need help with their supply chain all the time and this addresses those needs and gives them a great ROI [on their membership] by building relationships for their business.”

Words, Misty White Sidell from WWD
Photography, Shutterstock / Oksana Shufrych


SBIA - THE WORLD’S #1 SUSTAINABLE COAT HANGER BRAND ARCH & HOOK PARTNER WITH SBIA

Sustainable Hanger

Arch & Hook, the World’s #1 Sustainable Hanger brand was founded in Amsterdam by Sjoerd Fauser and Anne Bas in 2015, they are now providing game-changing innovation in the global hanger industry.  They are dedicated to shifting the world to a sustainable solution to the tens of billions of clothing hangers that end up in landfill and the oceans annually.

Arch & Hook have developed and implemented sustainable hanger programs including:

  • FSC ® certified Wood hangers – All wooden products are produced using sustainably sourced wood and are FSC ® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
  • Mission-E® – Produced using a high-grade plastic that is recycled, upcycled and 100% recyclable after use.
  • A&H Blue ® – Derived from 100% upcycled marine plastic waste from the oceans and is 100% recyclable at the end of its life.  Arch & Hook Blue ® is post-consumer plastic that is ocean bound

Arch & Hook believe that as an industry we have a responsibility to care for the earth and SBIA are proud to announce that they have partnered with Arch & Hook to present to our members an exclusive offer for early 2020.

THINK SUSTAINABLE, ACT RESPONSIBLE
ORDER YOUR ARCH & HOOK FSC® CERTIFIED HANGERS NOW FOR 2020 THAT ARE SOLELY CRAFTED FROM SUSTAINABLY SOURCED WOOD.

  • Arch & Hook believe that as an industry we have a responsibility to care for the earth and have partnered with SBIA to present members with an exclusive offer for early 2020 of limited edition FSC® certified Wooden coat hangers.
  • Minimum orders of 250 units per hanger and access to volume pricing to make sustainability affordable for SBIA members.
  • Order cut off on the 7th of February 2020
  • For more information on Arch & Hook and the limited offer,  Please click here

To take advantage of this offer and for information on pricing and the order process, please contact:

Stuart Bates

M- 0413548102

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Plastic Hangers

Plastic Hangers Are Fashion’s Plastic Straws

Plastic Hangers Are Fashion’s Plastic Straws

Mouret isn’t the first to look for a solution to plastic hangers. Many retailers are addressing the problem as well.

Target, an early adopter of the reuse concept, has reclaimed plastic hangers from clothing, towels, and curtains for recirculation, repair or recycling since 1994. A spokesperson said the retailer reused enough hangers in 2018 to circle the globe five times. Similarly, Marks & Spencer has reused or recycled more than 1 billion plastic hangers over the past 12 years.

Zara is rolling out a “single hanger project” to replace temporary ones with branded alternatives made from recycled plastic. The hangers are then shipped back to the retailer’s suppliers to be outfitted with a new garment and redeployed. “Our Zara hangers are continuously reused while in good condition, and if one breaks, it is recycled to create [a] new Zara hanger,” a company spokesperson said.

According to Zara estimates, by the end of 2020, the system will be “fully implemented” worldwide — no small feat considering the company churns out some 450 million new items every year.

Other retailers are looking to reduce the number of single-use plastic hangers. H&M says it is researching reusable hanger models as part of its goal to reduce overall packaging material by 2025. Burberry is testing compostable hangers made from bioplastics, while Stella McCartney is exploring paper and cardboard alternatives.

Consumers are increasingly troubled by fashion’s environmental footprint. A recent Boston Consulting Group survey of consumers in five countries (Brazil, China, France, the UK, and the US) found that 75 percent viewed sustainability as “extremely” or “very” important. Over one-third said they had switched loyalties from one brand to another over environmental or social practices.

Plastics pollution is a particular source of unease. A study conducted by the Shelton Group in June found that 65 percent of Americans are “very concerned” or “extremely concerned” about plastics in the ocean — more than the 58 percent who feel that way about climate change.

“Consumers, especially millennials and Gen-Z, are becoming more aware of the issue of a single-use plastics,” said Luna Atamian Hahn-Petersen, senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. For fashion companies, the message is clear: get on the same page or lose customers.

“The message is clear: get on the same page or lose customers.”

As more brands address their hanger problems, companies are springing up to offer solutions.

London-based recycling firm First Mile has begun accepting broken and unwanted plastic and metal hangers from retail businesses for shredding and repurposing by its partner, Endurmeta, in Wales.

Braiform, which supplies more than 2 billion hangers each year to retailers such as J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Primark and Walmart, operates several distribution centres in the UK and the US for sorting and redelivering used hangers to garment suppliers. It reuses 1 billion hangers a year with damaged hangers ground up, compounded and reformed into fresh ones.

And in October, retail solution provider SML Group debuted the EcoHanger, which combines recycled fibreboard arms with a polypropylene hook. The plastic component pops off and can be shipped back to the garment supplier for reuse. If it breaks, polypropylene — the kind you find in yogurt tubs — is widely accepted for recycling.

Other hanger manufacturers eschew plastic altogether. Collection and reuse systems, they say, only work if the hangers don’t return home with the customers. And they frequently do.

“We have noticed a shift to circular systems, but hangers still wind up with the end consumer,” said Caroline Hughes, senior product line manager of sustainable packaging at Avery Dennison, which offers a hanger made with compressed natural kraft board and water-based glue. It’s reusable but can also easily be recycled with other paper products at the end of its life.

UK brand Normn makes hangers out of sturdy cardboard but will soon debut a version with a metal hook to better complement factory-to-store shipping. “This is where we can have a lot of impact in terms of numbers and single-use hangers,” said Carine Middeldorp, the company’s business development manager. Normn works mostly with retailers, brands and hotels but it’s also in talks with dry cleaners.

Paperhangers can cost more upfront — about 60 percent in the case of US manufacturer Ditto, because “there’s nothing cheaper than plastic,” said Gary Barker, the company’s founder and CEO.

Still, their return on investment can manifest in other ways. Ditto’s recycled paper hangers, which work with most garment-on-hanger schemes, are 20 percent thinner and lighter than their plastic counterparts, meaning suppliers can pack more garments in every carton. While plastic hangers require expensive moulds, paper is easily cut into various shapes.

Because the paper is highly compressed — “almost like masonite,” per Barker — they’re no less sturdy, either. Ditto boasts 100 designs to support garments from flimsy lingerie to hockey gear weighing up to 40 pounds. Plus, you can print on them, which Ditto frequently does with soy-based inks. “We can foil stamp, we can print logos and patterns, we can print QR codes,” he said.

Arch & Hook has also two other hangers program: one made with Forestry Stewardship Council-certified wood and the other a higher-grade, 100 percent recyclable form of thermoplastic. Different retailers have different needs, Rick Gartner, Arch & Hook’s chief financial officer said, and hanger-makers must tailor their products accordingly.

But such is the scope and scale of the fashion industry’s plastic problem that no one company — or single effort — can solve it alone.

“When you think about fashion, it’s all about the clothes, the factories, the labour; we tend to overlook things like hangers,” Hahn-Petersen said. “But sustainability is such a big issue, it’ll take accumulative action and solutions to address it.”

Words, Jasmin Malik Chua


Retail Safari during New York Market Week

Arch & Hook x Pim Philip

Arch & Hook x Pim Philip

Arch & Hook invites you to join us for a Retail Safari by Pim Philip during New York Market Week!

This is a unique opportunity to find inspiration during a curated walking tour of the latest and most compelling retail New York City has to offer.

End the tour at the Arch & Hook Penthouse and enjoy a stunning west side view and sunset!

Come hang with us and enjoy the magic of the season!

Make sure you register on time for our Retail Safari. There are limited spaces available and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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New York Market Week 2019

For one week, the retail industry comes together to do business and most importantly to find inspiration and latest trends during this magical season. Market Week is about design, retail, and innovation all taking place in the city that never sleeps, New York.

The creation of emotional and engaging visual displays, store-design, retail environments, all of these require inspiration and innovation. New York Market week gives you the opportunity to visit exciting visual merchandising showrooms filled with innovative solutions.

The Retail Safari will take place from 3-5 December, the week will be jam-packed of retail-focused events. Some of these events are:

  • design:retail CitySCENE
  • Consortium of retail design showrooms
  • PAVE Gala

For more information regarding events during New York Market week, click here.

You will have the opportunity to attend new collection launches, conference sessions, networking parties, and so much more. So, you cannot afford to miss this industry happening!

What was formerly called the Retail Design Collective (RDC) and now the Market Week, has been an event where more than 35 trend leading suppliers take part. The displays are shown at pop-up showrooms at the Metropolitan Pavillion and permanent all over town. You can find most of the visual merchandiser and display showrooms on 25th Street, in the Fur District.

This event is ever so exciting especially because it is right before the holidays, where all large department stores battle against each other with holiday-themed window displays and store designs.

Retail Safari by Pim Philip Experiences

Pim Philip Experiences provides custom travel and event experiences in New York City, heightening visitor perspectives and engaging business groups. Pim Philip Experiences guarantees a unique experience by offering tailor-made urban expeditions, often along unexpected routes.


Roland Mouret on BBC Breakfast

Dailymail – Meghan Markle's favourite designer Roland Mouret claims plastic coat hangers are as bad for the environment as drinking straws - and urges retailers to use his new sustainable alternative

Meghan Markle's favourite designer Roland Mouret claims plastic coat hangers are as bad for the environment as drinking straws - and urges retailers to use his new sustainable alternative

  • Luxury French designer Roland Mouret, 58, has developed a sustainable hanger
  • Teamed up with Dutch brand Arch & Hook to produce one using marine plastic
  • UK fashion industry uses 1.5billion plastic garment hangers every single day
  • Roland called hangers 'dirty little secret' adding they're as bad as drinking straws

The Duchess of Sussex's favourite designer is on a mission to make the fashion industry more sustainable - starting with plastic coat hangers.

Roland Mouret, 58, claims the items are as bad for the environment as plastic straws and has helped to develop what he believes is the world's only sustainable version.

The luxury French designer has teamed up with Dutch company Arch and Hook to produce a hanger with a much longer shelf life, using 80 per cent marine plastic found floating in the ocean, and 20 per cent recyclable plastic, with aluminium blue hooks.

The UK fashion industry uses 1.5billion plastic hangers every year, according to figures from Mainetti, global manufacturers of garment hangers.

Roland Mouret, 58, a designer loved by the Duchess of Sussex, pictured in 2016, claims plastic garment hangers are as bad for the environment as plastic straws and has helped to develop what he believes is the world's only sustainable version

Often they don't even make it into shops, as they're merely used to transport clothing before they're thrown away and replaced by better quality hangers within stores.

Every year 100million hangers are chucked by consumers and end up in landfill due to the fact they're difficult to recycle as they're made from metal and plastic.

There they can take up to 1,000 years to break down, according to hanger recycling company First Mile.

Branding hangers our 'dirty little secret we all have in common', Roland told BBC Breakfast this morning: 'I wanted to find in the fashion industry, what could be the item that is the equivalent of the straw in the restaurant.

'Without touching the creative side of every designer and obliging them to change on their creativity, I wanted to bring them the more humble item that links us all together.

Branding hangers our 'dirty little secret we all have in common', Roland told BBC Breakfast: 'I wanted to find in the fashion industry, what could be the item that is the equivalent of the straw in the restaurant'

'Every time we produce a garment in a factory it has to be hung, a beautiful garment has to be hanged on the hanger, and that's to be carried by van to the store.

'And for that travel, we use single use plastic hangers that we throw away straight away.

'And they're all polycerin, and polycerin is not recyclable, it goes directly to landfill. That's unacceptable.'

The hanger features clips for hanging skirts and a central bar over which you can drape trousers or long dresses.

Asked what makes it a viable alternative, Roland said: 'It's fully sustainable. In strength it's strong, I think it's stronger than a normal hanger.

'The colour, the grey which is the normal colour of marine plastic, the blue of the hook, and the logo on the back of it that it's a sustainable hanger.

The UK fashion industry uses 1.5billion plastic hangers every year, according to figures from Mainetti, global manufacturers of garment hangers

'The moment you break it, it's completely recyclable. Something that becomes so circular that nothing goes back to the sea.'

Asked whether fast fashion in itself is sustainable, Roland replied: 'One of the trends of the 90s was the must-have. And the must-have was treated as an addiction.

'Fast fashion creates the same trend; every time, if you don't buy it, you're going to be unhappy, and at the moment, if you buy it you can throw it away.

'We thought it will carry on, it fell apart, it's falling apart now and that's why we have to make a change.'

At last month's London Fashion Week, Roland offered 300 of his new hangers for free to most designers, but only around 20 per cent accepted them.

Roland has teamed up with Dutch company Arch and Hook to produce a hanger with a much longer shelf life, using 80 per cent marine plastic found floating in the ocean, and 20 per cent recyclable plastic, with aluminium blue hooks

An investigation by the Mail On Sunday in August established plastic coat hangers are an environmental menace so serious they could soon outstrip the damage caused by plastic bags, straws and bottles.

Bird and marine life is already affected, with discarded hangers seen lodged around the necks and legs of animals across the world.

There is growing support for a war on plastic hangers, with politicians, campaign groups and even the hanger industry itself demanding a compulsory 5p charge, similar to the successful levy on plastic bags.

The hanger mountain has been described as a scandal 'hidden in plain sight'.

At last month's London Fashion Week, Roland offered 300 of his new hangers for free to most designers, but only around 20 per cent accepted them

At last month's London Fashion Week, Roland offered 300 of his new hangers for free to most designers, but only around 20 per cent accepted them

'Most clothes can be sold and stored by simply folding them,' said Louise Edge, of Greenpeace.

'Too many big retailers are handing out plastic hangers to customers for free when they’re often just pointless packaging. How many people hang their undies in a wardrobe?'

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, said: 'It is a scandal that billions of coat hangers every year are simply being dumped in landfill. It’s just another example of a society that is trashing our planet with plastic. Retailers should stop giving them away. And consumers should refuse them at the shop if they don’t plan to reuse them.'

Words, HAYLEY RICHARDSON FOR MAILONLINE


Roland Mouret

The Current Daily - Roland Mouret: Rethinking single-use plastics

Roland Mouret: Rethinking single-use plastics

“Being creative gives us the ability to help change the world”, says Roland Mouret, a designer on a mission to eradicate single-use plastics in the supply chain, on the latest episode of the Innovators podcast.

“Let’s not consider our creativity penalized by the fact that we have to become responsible,” he explains during the recording at the British Fashion Council’s annual Fashion Forum this year.

His view is that the concept of luxury that dominated the past few decades has been destroyed by the climate crisis, meaning having money, logos and power are no longer the values consumers want to be associated with.

Instead, we’re seeing a global shift to a more sustainable approach, he explains. This makes for a highly complex business shift, he acknowledges, but he’s doing so by taking a small step that could add up to a big change if adopted across the industry.

Consequently, one of his focuses is around the humble coat hanger. Not those glamorous types you see in luxury stores, but the cheap plastic ones that flood the supply chain to get products from manufacturer to shop floor, and ultimately end up going to waste. He is working with a startup called Arch & Hook to do so.

Fashion designer Rouland Mouret with our co-founder, Liz Bacelar

He refers to hangers as the plastic straws of the fashion industry, highlighting their need to be replaced by sustainable alternatives. In doing so he ties the fashion supply chain in with the overconsumption challenge of single-use plastic. Worldwide, about eight million tons of it leak into the ocean every year.

Join us for this episode where we also talk to Mouret about why he’s on a mission to make sustainability sexy, the major trend he thinks is dying out in fashion right now, and how the climate crisis is redefining power and the luxury industry.

Listen to the podcast here: Entale

Writer, LIZ BACELAR from The Current Daily

Photography, The Current Daily 


Celsious founders

Apiece Apart – PIECE of Mind: The Women of Celsious

PIECE of Mind: The Women of Celsious

PIECE of Mind: The Women of Celsious

Piece of Mind shares a quick plunge into the worlds, details, and insights of women who inspire us.

Meet sisters Corinna and Theresa Williams — the co-founders of Brooklyn-based Celsious, a modern and eco-conscious laundromat in Williamsburg. With a business centered around education and small swaps you can make in cleaning up your cleaning game, we asked the duo to share their best advice and specific tips for ensuring your favorite garments will live a long life (little preview: it involves low heat, investing in a bamboo toothbrush, and a five ingredient all natural toolkit).

Piece of Mind: Celsious
What are your top tips for sustaining the life of a favorite garment? 
  1. Spot cleaning: if you can, tend to a stain as soon as it appears. And white vinegar, baking, and washing soda as well as vegetable soap will go a long way. For spot treatments, use a bamboo toothbrush.
  2. Fight like with like. Acidic stains caused by coffee, tea, or fruits, are lifted by acids like white vinegar. Blueberry stains? Just pour some white vinegar on them and rinse. For grease stains: use an oil-based soap bar rubbed on a wetted stain.
  3. If you treat stains immediately, you can get away with washing at lower temperatures, which saves energy and preserves the fibers of your clothes – making them last longer.
  4. Wash less: Brushing away superficial dirt and airing out your favorite garments (and periodically spritzing them with linen water) reduces the wear and tear to fibers caused by machine washing.

Piece of Mind: Celsious

What detergents or specific products do you swear by for clothing care?
Detergent: Meliora Laundry Powder for everyday wear and Sonett and Tangent GC for specialty items such as delicates, wool/cashmere and sportswear
Dryer sheets? No! Conventional ones are toxic and wasteful. We like to go for dryer balls instead.
A steamer: We had to get the powder pink version of our favorite Jiffy standup steamer. It just makes us happy every time we steam...
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Any tips on air drying or methods you like that avoid the dryer? Or any secrets you’ve got about getting rid of wrinkles in garments?

The lower the heat, the better for the longevity of your garment. This applies to washing and drying temperatures. It's great if you can hang or flat dry (don't hang wet wool or cashmere, as it may lose its shape), but we also understand the space and time constraints. Tumble drying will definitely prevent wrinkling, especially if you add dryer balls and fold immediately after the drying stops.

If you tumble dry, opt for a low setting whenever you can. (Some dryers, like ours at Celsious, even have a No Heat setting which will be safe for delicates, wool and cashmere, and sportswear.)

A last note on wrinkling: if you’re drying natural fibers like cotton, silk, or linen, they will wrinkle – the only way around that is ironing or steaming. A “wrinkle-free” cotton garment is an oxymoron, i.e. it is most likely coated in toxic chemicals!

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How do you recommend we sustain the longevity of nicer pieces without succumbing to chemical dry cleaning treatments?

Everything can be washed with water, without the use of petrochemical solvents used by dry cleaners. The most widely used of these solvents is called perc, short for perchlorethylen, which is carcinogenic! It is harmful to the planet, to garment care workers who come in contact with it every day, and also to you – the wearer. There will be traces of it left on your chemically treated garments, which will are absorbed by your skin.

So, if in doubt: wash as infrequently as possible, removing superficial dirt with a garment brush and if needed, hand wash using a delicate detergent. If your washing machine has a Wool setting you can use that, making sure especially delicate items are placed in a delicate bag to prevent any snagging or ripping.

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What hangers do you recommend? And what should be hung vs folded?
Anything you definitely don’t want to see wrinkly after washing, drying and/or ironing should be on hangers. We hang button-down shirts, trousers, skirts and dresses.
We are still looking for the perfect hangars but are curious to check out Arch & Hook. They just developed the first hanger made entirely out of ocean plastic!
Any other great hacks for sustainable cleaning that we need to know?
We mix all our home cleaners using five ingredients we buy in bulk: castille soap, baking soda, white vinegar, alcohol, and essential oils. Easy, sustainable, non-toxic, and literally all you need to clean toilets, floors, windows, and stainless steel appliances.
Writer, Apiece Apart
Photography, Erica Gannett

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