Hangers were first invented in the mid-1800s as a way to store women’s delicate bustles and skirts. By the early 1900s, they were more widely used for men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.
You can purchase hangers made from a number of different materials, but the three most common hanger materials are a metal wire (usual steel), plastic (a blend of plastic resins) and wood (often maple or walnut). All of them have their pros and cons when it comes to functionality, longevity, and sustainability.
The top suppliers of wire hangers are dry cleaners, which use them for storing items of clothing before returning them to their owners. Many dry cleaners will take metal hangers back and reuse them.
There are a couple of kinds of plastic hangers. it is available in a rainbow of colors. Then, there is the kind used to hang clothes in retail stores, which are a combination of plastic and metal. It is very difficult to know what type of plastic different hangers are made of, making them nearly impossible to recycle.
Wood hangers are also not recyclable. The wood is treated with varnish or other types of finish, resulting in a nonrecyclable product