Exclusive Hanger Research Report

Arch & Hook releases a pioneering report on the environmental impact of plastic hangers. This is the first-ever academic research on the consequences of plastic hangers on the environment. The report is supported by Northumbria University, Conscious Fashion Campaign, supported by The United Nations Office for Partnerships, and The Sustainable Angle.

We continue to uncover the truth about pollution in the fashion industry with a 32-page report on plastic hanger usage in the UK clothing market. You can request a full copy of the report by entering your details in the contact form below.

The research was methodologically conducted by Dr. Alana James, Senior Lecturer in Fashion at Northumbria University, and recognised Fashion Consultant Emma Reed. James and Reed anonymously surveyed apparel businesses spanning multiple market sectors, ranging from high-street to luxury and e-commerce to sportswear. Participants in the study were UK senior fashion professionals in roles such as buying and merchandising, product development, supply chain, and corporate responsibility.

In addition to primary research. the study also utilised data from world-renowned industry reports, sales figures, and academic literature to ensure an in-depth analysis of the existing market position.

For nearly a century now fashion has had an unhealthy reliance on the use of plastic, with 65% of all garments currently produced being made from synthetic fibres. Hangers remain a largely overlooked area of environmental impact in the industry, despite 60% of all clothing sold being associated with a plastic hanger,” states Dr. Alana James.

The astonishing results ring alarm bells about the widespread disregard for hanger toxicity, and the solutions that exist to combat it.

“Awareness of how many hangers are discarded is really low in retail, especially for the in-transit phase. Fashion professionals are simply not clued up on the answers”, adds Emma Reed.

We are committed to further educating individuals in the fashion and retail industries on the necessity of considering hanger composition and recycling practices when implementing change into business operations.

Our eye-opening report is just the tip of the iceberg. Data for worldwide hanger usage remains unavailable,” concludes Sjoerd Fauser. “We are determined to expand the research into other areas, in collaboration with more partners, to unveil the truth, create awareness and turn sustainability into a tangible action.”

The report also includes other key findings such as:

  • The number of plastic hangers user per year in the UK clothing market
  • The number of plastic hangers sent out in online clothing orders
  • The number of plastic hangers used solely for the transportation of clothing (GOH)
  • Unit sales of clothing with an associated plastic hangers

All these figures apply to the UK market only.

You can request a full copy of the report by entering your details in the contact form below. Check your spam folder if you did not receive the download link in your inbox. 

For more information or to interview Dr. Alana James and Emma Reed drop us an email here.

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