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At Hanger, one of our core values is value itself.

Every investment of time, resources, energy or money has value, and should be repaid in value. We should get the most out of the things in our life, and that includes the things in our closet. Part of our mission of making you an expert in your personal style is helping you understand the value of the things in your closet and giving you the tools to use those items to their full potential.

In order to truly know the value of your wardrobe and make smarter purchasing decisions, it’s important to understand the true cost of the clothing you wear, right down to the environmental impact of making them.

THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF FASHION

#3

Where the fashion industry ranks among the world’s most polluting industries.

80 Billion+

The number of clothing items we consume globally in a single year. 

82 Pounds

The amount of textile waste per year thrown away by the average American.

357 Gallons

The amount of water required to produce a single cotton t-shirt. That’s the equivalent of 7 full bathtubs of water – enough drinking water to sustain one person for 900 days.

1,600 Chemicals

The number of chemicals used to dye our clothing – only 16 of which are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

40%

The percentage of waste water contaminated with those 1,600 chemicals that is dumped into rivers, lakes and oceans across the globe.

900 Gallons

The amount of water required to make one pair of jeans.

11 Million Tons

The amount of textile waste that comes from the US alone.

35,000 Kilometers

The distance the average t-shirt travels before landing on your back. The equivalent of one trip around the world.

Fashion is the second largest consumer and polluter of water...next to oil.

World Bank estimates almost 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles.

Only about 10% of the clothes we donate in the US actually get sold.

80 Billion garments are produced every year - up 400% from two decades ago.

STAGGERING CLOSET STATISTICS

The average woman in the U.S. has a mind boggling amount of clothing waste hanging in her closet.

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WORN REGULARLY

The average American only wears 20% of the clothes in their closet on a regular basis.

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RARELY WORN

Most people rarely, if ever, wear 80% of the things hanging in their closet.

NEVER WORN

The average American woman has $500 worth of clothing hanging in her closet that she has never worn. Not even once.

The customer has to know that they are in charge. Without them we don’t have jobs. If you don’t like it then you don’t have to buy into it!

Stella McCartney

Fashion Designer

The customer has to know that they are in charge. Without them we don’t have jobs. If you don’t like it then you don’t have to buy into it!
Stella McCartney

Fashion Designer

When you start to put all of these statistics together in context, they really paint a picture of how we as consumers impact our environment. So often we expect the companies we purchase from to take responsibility for how they manufacture their goods, when the power really lies in our hands as consumers to make better purchasing decisions.

The Hanger app puts you, the consumer, in the drivers seat and gives you the tools and the data to understand what you wear and how it impacts your personal bottom line, and that translates into the larger picture for the environment. When we make better decisions about what we buy, we wear more, waste less, and reduce our individual carbon footprint.

The movement toward a better future for fashion, for us, our children, and their children starts today, with you, in your own closet.

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