Frequently Asked Questions

The hangers are made of NORMN Board, a paper-based material similar to cardboard or SolidBoard, created with 100% recycled paper (post-consumer waste and mill broke) or from a blend of FSC/PEFC certified pulp, if requested. We use water-based glues and inks, so there is no plastic involved in the process or in the product. Our NORMN Fusion range includes a metal hook.

Yes. Our plastic-free board hangers are made from recycled and compressed paper fibres. Our board manufacturer Solidus Solutions, formerly Smurfit Kappa, operates a European recycled paper mill system, which is Chain of Custody certified. The printing at production is done with non-toxic vegetable-based inks and water-based glues.

Furthermore, they are 100% recyclable – meaning they can be disposed of and recycled anywhere, today, by anyone. Just pop them in the widely available paper bins. No new systems needed; we can work with the ones we already have all over the world. The hangers also provide a reduction in CO2, space, and transportation.

Our hangers are also biodegradable, but we prefer them to be reused or recycled instead. We believe that reusing resources is better than the linear approach of landfill.

Cradle2Cradle’s William McDonough explains that we need to create circular products and systems by design and intent. This means that if the material is wrong, like using linear plastic hangers instead of recyclable paper, the system is not getting fixed. We need to change course, not just slow down our bad habits.

Yes. Our adult hangers can hold up to 10kg and have been GS1 equivalent tested. Depending on the amount of use, hangers can last for years. The fusion hangers with a metal hook are even stronger, able to withstand the push and shove of the back-of-house distribution and transport systems. 

Our paper-based hangers have been tested by our customers for a number of years. The newest generation of metal hook hangers were GS1 tested in Hong Kong and passed the necessary requirements. These also travelled through Filippa K’s steam rooms, starting at the factory, to the distribution centre, through to the shop floor. Practical experience therefore tells us the hangers perform well in distribution centres. An overview of the types of tests done can be found here.

This depends on the model and how many you want to order. For orders under 1000, the prices can be found in the shop. Retailers looking for a bulk order can get in touch with us on sales@normanhangers.com. 

Yes! That’s how we designed them. The paper-based hangers can be recycled in any existing paper recycling scheme, even with the metal hook. This means that any paper bin, corporate cardboard pick-up or other paper recycling system works. With paper being one of the most widely recycled resources, our paper waste is picked up and reduced back to paper pulp. This pulp is then used to make new products. In the Netherlands, where we manufacture, this process is one of the most efficient.

From the very start, we have taken pride in balancing the aesthetics, the functionality and the circularity of the hangers. We choose paper for its recyclability, a material in which offers many possibilities. We are in constant contact with our customers to ensure the hangers work well in their environment. Our extensive Research & Developments  has led us to continually test and double-check our work. And we always make sure we make a beautiful hanger. It’s fashion, after all.

The hangers can be recycled worldwide, in any existing paper recycling scheme. This means that any paper bin, corporate cardboard pick-up or other paper recycling system works. With paper being one of the most widely recycled resources, our paper waste is picked up and reduced back to paper pulp for making new products. In the Netherlands, where we manufacture, this process is one of the most efficient.

Due to their shape, plastic hangers are particularly tricky to recycle. Not only is plastic a controversial material to recycle in general, only 2,5% of plastic has even been recycled (National Geographic), but plastic hangers are even more difficult to recycle due to their shape. This means they require specialised, bespoke additional systems that companies pay extra for, making it difficult for smaller companies to access these systems. Paper and cardboard recycling schemes, on the other hand, already exist all over the world accessible to everyone. In some cases, companies even get paid for their paper waste.

For our printing process we use vegetable-based inks. These are better for the environment during production and good to recycle. We do not use non-mineral, oil-based inks, such as soya and linseed oil, as these complicate recycling and are toxic, harmful and/or corrosive. Our inks are not classified as an irritant or as highly inflammable and do not contain heavy metals.

We use water-based glue so that they do not contaminate the recycling of the paper. If we would use epoxy (plastic) or oil-based glues these would contaminate the paper solution during recycling. We want optimal recycling and quality of output, so water-based is the best choice for us. It’s also way we don’t use foil, another element that would complicate the recycling. 

Yes, through our partners. For the certification of the hangers, we refer you to our paper suppliers Solidus Solutions and Eska and production partner Argent, all up to date with all of their certificates and leaders in sustainability.

These certifications include FSC STD 40-004; Cert # SKH COC 000292FK and C017135 – group)

Our production is in The Netherlands. That way we’re close to the development, near our suppliers and everyone is paid fairly.

There is plenty of research to show that plastics damage the environment and that micro-plastics damage us and the other life on this planet. Recycled or ethically sourced paper does not.
Billions of plastic hangers are produced every year. Last year alone, the large plastic hanger producer Braiform produced at least 2 billion plastic hangers for the US market. Only a fraction of those get reused or recycled, though figures for this are not published.

Some companies are reusing their plastic hangers, but we feel this is not the real solution. The British brand M&S was championing this approach, but even in their best year they missed out on more than 25% of their hangers. This means that roughly 50 million M&S hangers get landfilled every year when they are doing their very best. Reuse is good, but it only adds a second linear process. We need circularity.
Transport hangers, called ‘GOH’ for Garments-On-Hangers, are mostly plastic hangers used to transport clothing from the factory to the shop floor. These are mostly single-use plastic. They are awkward in shape to handle and therefore expensive to recycle due to their shape and often too expensive to transport back, so they get landfilled or incinerated.

Plastic is not biodegradable and is problematic to recycle. Hanger shapes are specifically difficult, which means you need specialised processes for recycling. But plastic is a problematic material in itself. There is a wealth of research that shows why and how plastic recycling is problematic and that we are only at the very start of that approach. In Scientific American M. Wilkins summed up it with: “Recycling plastic is to saving the Earth what hammering a nail is to halting a falling skyscraper”. In other words, let’s use alternatives to plastic.

Paper recycling, on the other hand, has been in place for decades and does not require anything new or specialised.

Our hangers can be fully printed on both sides, offering excellent real-estate for branding or other forms of communication. Read more about the branding possibilities of the hangers here.

The hangers are entirely printable. A combined 5000 hangers are as large as a tennis court. So that means they offer 546m2 of your own advertising space in the store. Plus, they are much more visible than a swing tag.

Recycled paper is not as cheap as plastic. Our base material is a recycled product, whereas plastic is based on oil pumped out the ground through destructive processes. This ‘true cost’ is not (yet!) calculated into plastic. It is likely that recycled paper prices will drop and plastic will increase as legislation catches up with more sustainable needs. 

This will depend on the size of the order and the location it needs to be sent to. We always aim to get you the best option available.

That’s absolutely possible, just get in touch with us at sales@normanhangers.com and we can discuss the options.

This is an industry term that stands for “Garment On Hanger” and refers to transport hangers. These are now often made of plastic and used only once.

The hangers hold up in humidity. Our metal hook hangers were GS1 equivalent tested, which included humidity. Additionally, they were taken through steam tunnels by the brand Filippa K. and they held up well. Though humidity is fine, we do not recommend contact with water or putting wet clothes on them.

This will depend on the intensity of usage. Some clients order every year, whereas some smaller boutiques get years of use out of them. 

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