I hate, hate, HATE wire hangers. Not only do they look ugly, they leave annoying little pockmarks on whatever you’ve hung on them — especially nice cashmere stuff — and they always rattle around and fall down to the closet floor at the slightest provocation, usually to someplace you can’t reach that’s covered in lint and cat hair and cobwebs.
Although some cities recycle wire hangers, Toronto doesn’t. And while my eco-friendly dry cleaners do take them back, there’s still a part of me that feels these things should never have been invented in the first place.
Plastic hangers are better in terms of form and function, but plastic itself as a material isn’t very eco-friendly, which is why I’m going to try to stick to wooden hangers from now on — hopefully used ones from Freecycle or Goodwill. Made from a natural source, they’ll last longer and apparently they can help prevent moth infestations, too!
Photo of wooden hangers nicked from this website.