Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Hangers

Painted image of a hanger. Female memoji waving. Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024 – Hangers

I can’t believe we are on the last task of “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024.” It’s been a busy month, and I’ve really enjoyed sharing tips. I hope the first month of the new year has been a positive one for you. If it hasn’t, remember that there are still eleven months of 2024 ahead, so don’t lose heart! I thought we would finish the month with an easier one: hangers.

Due to their odd shape, wire hangers are not great candidates for recycling. The hooked end can get caught, damaging the machinery. So, what should you do with them?

Wire hangers, such as the ones you get from the drycleaners, can simply be returned to the dry-cleaning establishment. These stores are typically happy to take them back and reuse them, a real win/win.

Plastic hangers can often be recycled at your nearby Target. As part of the “Target Forward” initiative, Target has stated that they are:

“…committed to reducing the total volume of virgin plastic packaging by 20% in our owned brand food, beverage, beauty, and essentials businesses, measured against our total plastic packaging baseline volume in these categories in 2020. We also aim to design 100% of owned brand packaging to be recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025.”

You can drop your unwanted plastic hangers into bins in their stores.

Wooden hangers are not recyclable, as they are often coated with varnish or another type of finish. The best option here is to give them to someone who can use them. Your local consignment shop is a good place to start. 

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Being lightweight, getting hangers to a more desirable “final destination” is hopefully within reach.

Organizers can talk about hangers all day long. What are your favorite kinds of hangers?

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