Whether you are reorganizing your closet or switching to a plastic free lifestyle, finding eco friendly clothes hangers can be more of a chore than doing the laundry. But don’t worry. We’ve found the top seven eco friendly hangers to spruce up your closet.
With these long-lasting zero waste options, you’ll never need to buy another hanger again. We even found a super stylish all white hanger that’s extra strong! Keep reading to learn more.
AT A GLANCE
Still hung up on which hanger is suitable for your wardrobe? Keep reading our detailed reviews of the seven best eco friendly clothes hangers.
Top Seven Eco-Friendly Hangers
Eco friendly laundry goes beyond just an energy efficient washing machine and natural laundry detergent. For a true zero waste lifestyle, you want quality, durable products in all areas of your life, including your closet.
We know you have better things to do than read countless reviews of coat hangers (like organize your closet), so we’ve done it for you. We examined eco-friendly clothes hangers based on everything from durability to recyclability, even including style. Whether you are looking to hang winter coats or tank tops, we are certain one of these top seven eco-friendly hangers will fit perfectly.
Perfect for hanging dresses, tank tops, and shirts, the JS Hanger is our top pick for eco-friendly hangers. These sleek hangers are made from FSC certified wood. What does that mean? It means that you don’t have to feel guilt about using that wood because they harvested it from responsibly managed forests (1).
“FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.”
This wood not only is sustainably harvested, but it looks great too. Their minimalist design will have your closet looking like a high-end boutique. While space efficient, the sturdy wood construction is strong enough to hold a coat.
But these hangers are good for more than coats. The rubberized teeth on the shoulders make them perfect for tank tops and sundresses.
The only downside to this hanger is that there isn’t a trouser bar. But for everything else it is excellent!
Sometimes it seems like all zero waste products come with a hefty price tag. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The Topline Classic Wood Shirt Hanger is a great example of an eco-friendly product at a reasonable price.
Made from sustainably harvested Hevea wood, you can remove the wooden swivel hook and recycle the rest of the hanger at the end of its life.
But beyond its great price and its sustainability, these hangers look good. Like photo-worthy good! So if you are looking for eco-friendly hangers for a wedding or a photo shoot, these are a great choice. They are available in four different finishes, including a Vintage Blue, which is my favorite.
Keep in mind, just like the JS Hanger, these are for shirts, coats, and dresses only. They don’t have a trouser bar.
Material – Lotus Wood
- Quantity – 30
- Trouser Bar – Yes, Vinyl
- Dimensions – 17 ¼” X 8 ⅞”
If you are looking for a hanger that can hang trousers as well as shirts, check out the High-Grade Wooden Suit Hangers 30 Pack with Non Slip Pants Bar. These heavy-duty hangers are built to last years.
Not only will the hangers last a lifetime, but they will help your clothes last longer too. The lotus wood is covered with a clear lacquer that helps provide a splinter free finish, safe for even the most delicate fabrics. Contoured shoulders keep your clothes crisp and wrinkle-free, while sharply cut notches keep your clothes on the hangers and not on the floor.
And as we mentioned, this hanger has a trouser bar. While the bar itself is rounded wood, it is covered with grooved vinyl to prevent slippage.
SONGMICS Solid Wood Hangers
Material – Solid Wood
- Quantity – 20
- Trouser Bar – Yes
- Dimensions – 17.5 × 0.5 × 9.1 inches
Ditch the plastic hangers and switch to these beautiful solid maple wood hangers. Featuring curved shoulders, a deep notch for strappy clothes, and a trouser bar, they have everything you need for your complete wardrobe. With twenty hangers in the package, you can do a complete closet makeover from tank tops to winter coats.
The dark mahogany color will add an extra level of sophistication to your closet, just like if you added stylish energy-efficient curtains in your living room.
Quantity – 16
- Trouser Bar – Yes
- Dimensions – 17.5 x 0.53 x 9.4 inches
White symbolizes purity, cleanliness, and honesty. So if you are a lover of the clean look of white the TOPIA HANGER is for you. Not only is the wood lacquered a high gloss white, but they also feature a unique white hook.
Not only is the hook’s color unique, but its design is as well. This hook is flat rather than being made of curved metal, making it strong enough to hold your heaviest coat- no more sagging hangers and stretched-out hooks.
The only complaint people have is that the lacquer smells pretty strong, and the smell can linger, stinking up your closet. So you might want to air them out before you hang up your clothes.
If wooden hangers aren’t your thing, we get it. They can be big and bulky if you have a small closet. But we have an option for you- the Jetdio Strong Metal Wire Hangers. No, these aren’t those flimsy dry cleaner metal hangers like you normally think of when you think about metal hangers.
Those hangers are the opposite of zero waste, essentially designed to be disposable. The Jetdio Hangers, on the other hand, are designed to be durable. They are welded rather than twisted like most wire hangers.
While durable, the hangers have a slim design that takes up little space. Also, since they are metal, they are waterproof, allowing you to hang wet clothes to dry on them.
Material – Recycled Paper
- Quantity – 20
- Trouser Bar – Yes
- Dimensions – 17 x 9 inches
When we think about materials for coat hangers, we often think of plastic, metal, or wood. But rarely do we think paper. But the folks at Koobay don’t think like you and me. They designed the Koobay 17” Adult Clothes Coat Eco Recyclable Paper Cardboard Shirt Hangers.
Made out of FSC certified paperboard, these coat hangers can be 100% recycled. And easily, in your trash, unlike so many recyclable products that need to go to a specialized facility. How cool is that?
But while the product itself is pretty neat, the price tag is pretty high, making them impractical for most people.
Zero Waste Hanger Buying Guide
So nowadays, it seems like everything is labeled “eco friendly” or “zero waste”? So how do you tell one eco friendly clothes hanger from another? Good question. We’ll take you beyond the labels and talk about the qualities you want to look for in eco friendly clothes hangers, so even if you are an eco warrior, you don’t look like a wrinkled mess of a hippie.
The first thing to decide about your new clothes hanger is what material do you want. We all know plastic is a no-no, so what’s left?
Wood is a classic hanger material. Wood can be easily composted and is a natural material. Just make sure the wood is sustainably harvested. For example, the JS Hanger uses FSC certified wood.
The only downside to wood hangers is some parts aren’t wood. Hooks are usually metal that you can recycle, but some hangers add rubber or vinyl to make them non-slip.
Metal is another common material for hangers. When choosing a metal hanger, you do want to make sure it is strong enough to be durable. But you can recycle metal after it serves out its life span.
The Koobay Clothes Hanger is made from FSC paperboard and fully recyclable. However, cardboard hangers are vulnerable to water and pests.
While you would think the number of hangers in the package would affect how eco friendly a product is, it does. Think in terms of packaging and shipping. The more hangers that come in each package mean less packaging and less gas used in transportation. A great example of this is the SONGMICS, which comes with twenty. And that is a win for the environment.
A trouser bar allows you to hang your pants from a hanger. While the trouser bar doesn’t really affect how eco-friendly your hangers are, it will affect how well they work for you. If you plan to hang pants, skirts, or even scarves, you probably want something with a trouser bar.
Beyond trouser bars, you also want to check out other features like curved and notched shoulders to make sure the hangers are appropriate for the clothes you plan to hang.
If you are looking to be 100% plastic-free, make sure you choose a hanger like SONGMICS, which isn’t coated with plastic or vinyl.
Yes, wooden hangers are sustainable, provided the wood is harvested from a sustainable source. Look for hangers made from FSC certified wood to be certain.
No, plastic hangers are not toxic to humans. However, plastic hangers eventually wind up in the landfill. Once there, they will begin to leak toxic chemicals into the soil. This is not healthy for our planet.
- Certification. Retrieved from: https://us.fsc.org/en-us/certification
Rachael and her husband arrived on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua in 2011. There they founded El Jardin de la Vida, a tropical micro food forest, focusing on Sustainable Living Education. She teaches others to build with natural materials, live off-grid, and appreciate slow food.