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No, we don't "recycle" all your hangers

Hangers_w_paperEvery dry cleaner - especially those that use wood, wire and paper hangers - asks you to return your hangers for "recycling".

Many throw in one of those triangular-shaped boxes (often referred to as a "hanger caddie") to facilitate collecting your hangers. Some even provide you with a credit for every hanger caddie returned.

Dry cleaners usually promote their program by telling you that "the program helps alleviate the problem of 3.5 billion wire hangers that end up in landfills every year, totalling 312,000 pounds of steel." (Interestingly, these often quoted statistics haven't changed in 10 years!). They also tell you that you're doing your part for the environment by recycling your hangers.

And why do they really want you to "recycle" your hangers? Because they believe they can save some money by reusing them.

At RAVE FabriCARE, we take a different approach ...

Hangers_plasticAs regards our white plastic mens and ladies contoured hangers and our white plastic clip hangers, we do reuse those hangers. But only after carefully cleaning each one with an antibacterial disinfectant.

As regards wood, wire and paper hangers, we'd never dream of reusing those hangers. Instead, we collect those hangers and deliver them quarterly to various charities to be used in their thrift stores.

And why don't we reuse those wood, wire and paper hangers? Because those hangers can't be disinfected prior to reuse. You'll better understand our policy when you consider that the cleaning process includes sanitizing and deodorizing your fine garments. Why then would we consider packaging your sanitized and deodorized garments using wood, wire and paper hangers that have been who-knows-where? Especially in today's environment when clients are concerned about bacteria and pests (consider, for example, today's concern with bed bugs).

At RAVE FabriCARE, you can trust us to do the right thing - when it comes to caring for your fine garments. And when it comes to the hangers we reuse to protect their shape and drape.

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