On Coathangers

After a brief hiatus, I am back to blogging. There are a couple of Oxfam-sponsored posts still to come but I thought before launching in to one of them, I should ease my way back in with something a little less serious: Coathangers.

I’m not gonna lie. In your average day / week / month / year, I give coathangers approximately zero thought. I’ve got them. I use them everyday. But I just don’t pay any attention to them. They’re just kind of there — functional but entirely unremarkable.

This all changed over the weekend when we cleaned out our cupboards. Holy shit do we have a lot of coathangers… There are literally hundred and hundreds of them and all sorts of different shapes, sizes and materials. Where did they come from? Why are there so many different shapes and sizes? What should we do with them now?

It seems kinda wasteful to just throw them all out but at this point, that seems the only sensible option. Can you donate coathangers to Vinnies? And if we are going to throw them out, which ones go in the bin? The wire dry-cleaner ones are an easy chuck but how should I be prioritising between plastic and wood? And which specific size and shape should I keep?

While I’m on coathangers — where do they come from in the first place? I assume they get made in a factory in China somewhere but what is the journey they go on to end up in an almighty tangle in the bottom of my cupboard. Is there someone whose job is coathanger importer? Supervising container loads of coathangers being delivered to the docks and transported to the coathanger warehouse? Are there coathanger salesmen? Going from department store to department store trying to get them to ditch plastic in favour of wood? And who is designing them in the first place?

So many questions — so few answers.

Let me know what you think. How do you deal with excess coathangers?


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