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No More Plastic Hangers: 3 Eco-Friendly Projects

No More Plastic Hangers: 3 Eco-Friendly Projects

Have you ever noticed that no matter how many hangers you have, it’s never enough? Since hangers are the essential element for closet organizing, the choices are just a few – plastic (yick), wire and cardboard (from the dry cleaner), wood (expensive) and fuzzy coated wire. If you are like me, you’ve waved good-bye to the dry cleaner, and stopped buying plastic hangers years ago. The dry cleaner was the major source for acquiring free, wire and cardboard hangers. The cardboard on those last few hangers are either bent or disintegrated. I’ve got a few plastic ones from years ago, and some hand-me-down wood hangers for the coats. Time for a hanger makeover.

Do you know that an estimated 8 billion polystyrene and polycarbonate hangers clog our landfills every year? It is enough to fill the Empire State Building 4.6 times! Read more from this article titled, “How Many Clothes Hangers Does it Take to Fill a Landfill?”

Want to bring nature into your closet and keep hangers out of the landfills?
Revamp your closet or make some gifts with these quick, eco-friendly hangers. These hangers also make beautiful gifts.

DIY Hanger Projects

Hanger Project #1: Bamboo and Wire Hanger

What you need:

Wire clothes hanger

Bamboo stalk–We used leftover bamboo from a gardening project.

Bamboo stalks have a natural hollow core.

Hand saw or tree pruner

What to do:

1. Remove the cardboard from the wire part of the hanger. The cardboard can be recycled.

2. Cut twig or branch to 16”.

3. Using some pressure, place both open wire ends into each side of the bamboo core.

Hanger Project #2: Hook and Wood Hanger

What you need:

Twig or branch

Hook with a screw bottom – I used one I found in the garage. But, if you want a clothes hanger size hook, an old wooden hanger can be dismantled or purchase a hook at the hardware store.

What to do:

1. Cut twig or branch to 16”.

2. Using some pressure, screw the hook into the middle of the twig or branch.

Hanger Project #3: Wire and Twig Hanger inspired by the fabulous book, Eco-Craft  by Susan Wasinger

What you need:

Wire clothes hangers

Twigs or branches

Hand saw or tree pruner


What to do:

1. Dismantle the cardboard from the wire part of the hanger.

2. Cut twig or branch to 16”.

3. Drill holes into both sides of the twig.

4. Using some pressure, place both open wire ends into each side of the twig.

Ronnie Citron-Fink lives in New York with her husband, two children (when they come home to the nest), two dogs and a cat. Ronnie is a teacher and a writer. She has been a contributing writer for Family Fun magazine. She currently writes articles about education and home design. Her writings are in four books including Family Fun Home and Some Delights of the Hudson Valley. 

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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11:10PM PDT on Jun 26, 2015

This article would have greatly benefited from illustrations, or at least links to the project sources. (No, a purchase link for a book doesn't count.)

Some of these jolly ideas sound like they'd be horrendous for your clothing. Throwing ruined clothes out and buying replacements is also bad for the environment.

5:02PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Nice! Love the ideaS!

10:19PM PDT on May 21, 2012


2:07PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Thank you

8:43AM PDT on May 18, 2012


4:35AM PDT on May 18, 2012

thanks for sharing

6:18PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Sounds good..Thanks

3:57PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Thank you for the information.

4:51PM PST on Feb 4, 2012


4:25PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Good idea, thanks so much..

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