Advanced search think that shops should start charging for coathangers (like plastic bags)?

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SleeplessInGarforth Tue 16-Aug-16 20:50:06

Every time I buy clothes (for me or DC) I mean to tell them to remove the coathangers before they give me the clothes... But a lot of the time I forget (blame the 4 month sleep regression). I get home, unpack and find myself staring at coathangers from things such as pyjamas, underwear etc and wondering what the hell to do with them. They can't be recycled in our area and I have no use for a weird shaped coathanger that once housed a bra. I hate to send loads of plastic to landfill after a short lifespan.

So, yeah, AIBU to think they shouldn't give you them...and perhaps charge you 5p (or whatever) if you do want them?

Ginmakesitallok Tue 16-Aug-16 20:50:58


SleeplessInGarforth Tue 16-Aug-16 20:53:29

Care to explain why Ginmakesitallok? Do you think the 5p bag charge is U or NU? (Just interested)

Idefix Tue 16-Aug-16 20:59:38

Yabu I use the coat hangers apart from the silly ones that come with bras etc. I also used the carrier bags as bin liners, but now by the real bin liners so my use of plastic has not been reduced.

Idefix Tue 16-Aug-16 21:00:15

Buy not by...

marshamella Tue 16-Aug-16 21:01:15

I see what you mean about the pointless hangers. I can't stand the ones that some child pjs are on. I usually just say I don't want them and they take them off for me

SleeplessInGarforth Tue 16-Aug-16 21:03:59

But unless you keep every item of clothing you ever bought, you don't need a new coathanger per new item of clothes (do you?).

And re the bin liners thing, the sales of bin liners have increased but not by the same amount that plastic bags taken has reduced - so I obviously can't comment on your individual usage, but overall it's been positive.

So far I'm definitely BU then!

DandelionAndBedrock Tue 16-Aug-16 21:08:26

YANBU. Drives me potty. They make the wardrobe look cluttered, all different sizes and shapes. I ordered M&S knickers online and they were delivered on individual hangers. I was ready to scream!

Having said that...don't even get me started on the metal hangers from the dry cleaners. DP sends his shirts out and always asking for hanging not folded. He never returns them, so I do a walk of shame with approximately 7.2 million every couple of months.

ClockMakerSue Tue 16-Aug-16 21:09:24

YNBU. I see it as the same in principle as plastic bags. They mostly can't be recycled and once you have a wardrobe full of hangers you don't need more. 5 p is reasonable.

megletthesecond Tue 16-Aug-16 21:10:38


muddypuddled Tue 16-Aug-16 21:12:50

You could take them to a charity shop, they might be able to use them?

torthecatlady Tue 16-Aug-16 21:14:44

I always ask for the hangers to be removed at the checkout. I think a charge would be a good idea, with a donation to a charity like with the plastic bags. If I ever have any plastic hangers, I give them to the charity shop, as I use the velvet/flocked style of hanger.

JaniceBattersby Tue 16-Aug-16 21:17:35

Tesco and Sainsbury's have started asking if I want them and if you give them back to the server they reuse them in store rather than arsing about recycling them. Primark do the same apparently.

I guess if people start continually refusing to take them then clothes shops will cotton on and start to reuse them in more efficient ways.

MarbleFox Tue 16-Aug-16 21:20:18

The environmental impact coat hangers have has never occurred to me before. YNBU, and this isn't a terrible idea.

I work in retail, we either reuse coat hangers or give them away to a local women who runs her own dry cleaning business. Both of which are better than just chucking them in a bin.

RiverTam Tue 16-Aug-16 21:21:09

What would be better is for shops to train staff to always ask if the customer wants the hangers. The only ones that are useful are the ones that shirts and dresses are on, trousers and underwear ones are useless.

MistressoftheYoniverse Tue 16-Aug-16 21:22:57

Yay lets charge us for everything! hmm how about just saying no thanks..sometimes I want hangers...

SleeplessInGarforth Tue 16-Aug-16 21:26:30

Yeah I've bunged a few in a charity bag full of other stuff in the hope they can use them. And yes much better to be reused than recycled.

SleeplessInGarforth Tue 16-Aug-16 21:28:52

Mistress - re your comment about being charged for everything - everything does have a cost - both financially and environmentally. I don't see why you shouldn't expect to pay for 'everything' you get.

SapphireSeptember Tue 16-Aug-16 21:31:18

I always take the clothes off the hangers myself (even when I used TU's click and collect service, I opened the package, took the hangers out and gave them to the lady at the desk, then took the plastic bags to the recycling bin in the shop.) In Peacocks they don't even ask, they just take things off the hangers, (unless you buy online, then you get hangers.) I've used the word 'hangers' quite a lot now, haven't I? But anyway, in Sainsbury's I take clothes off the things, leave them on the railing and put the clothes in my basket. Much easier.

Etak15 Tue 16-Aug-16 21:32:22

I never seem to have enough coat hangers I don't think anything I've bought recently though I have the hanger from - they take them off as they put it in the bag? Recently in mothercare I was buying a pressie for friends new baby and they were about to take it off the hanger I asked if they could keep it on as thought it would look nicer as it was a set and a present, sales assistant was most put out she said they don't give hangers to customers usually they recycle them.

Etak15 Tue 16-Aug-16 21:33:58

But yes the underwear ones are useless - who hangs up their bra and pants?

FeelingSmurfy Tue 16-Aug-16 21:34:45

We order a lot online so we end up short of hangers, i find in shops that they either ask 8r automatically take them off and I ask for them

ftmsoon Tue 16-Aug-16 21:37:18

YANBU. I think it's a great idea. I always used to give them back until I started using the self-service till and it got all confused. I did stop and de-hanger everything and gave them to the lady at the customer service desk and she pointed out that Asda have a hanger bin by the self service tills!

bloodyteenagers Tue 16-Aug-16 21:41:53

I need to start shopping where you lot are. When my older ones moved out coat hangers disappeared. Now i have a huge shortage. I buy clothes, the coat hangers are whipped away, and either looked at like I'm mad and begrudgingly given them, or told no.

NotMyMoney Tue 16-Aug-16 21:48:11

I keep the reply thick hangers but the rest I take up as a queue in a British manner when I order online they go in the recycling. Why would they need a charge? Could just train staff to ask customer's would like the hangers?

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