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Eco-friendly alternative to petroleum based plastics

With no plastic, and no metal hooks, Well Hung® Hangers are made using the discarded parts of a wheat grain harvest. Wheat straw is a type of edible grain and unlike plastics, wheat straw is not made from fossil fuels.

With no need for tree felling or the use of damaging chrome finishes, these fibres are biodegradable, BPA free, FDA approved, Food Safe Certified, gluten free, have natural anti-bacterial/anti-odour properties and contain no melamine or formaldehyde.

Any carbon that’s created during the manufacturing of our tooling and moulds is offset through the various carbon-offsetting projects that we support.  We are fully committed to supporting our partner companies Core Mission to “protect the oceans from plastic pollution”, and to plant new trees with every sale, and donate a % of profit to protect sea life.

100% biodegradable from fully sustainable sources – always!

At Well Hung® Hangers, we are embracing change. We want to disrupt the plastic industry and encourage others to do the same. That’s why we don’t use any form of plastics when shipping our hangers.

We know plastic and steel are bad for our health, and we take pride in the knowledge that our Well Hung® hangers are made from naturally and sustainably grown materials. Wheat straw is a renewable alternative that doesn’t require chemical fertiliser and doesn’t need chemical treatment.

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Zero-waste & carbon-neutral

Made using the discarded parts of a wheat grain harvest, wheat straw is a by-product, and is not excessively or additionally farmed. In fact, it is often burnt, which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. By utilising this waste, we are providing a great zero-waste alternative and supporting our farmers by providing them with additional income for a discarded crop that would otherwise just be burnt.

It is also important to note that as photosynthesis occurs, wheat plants extract more carbon (CO2) from the air than they produce, a common occurrence with many plant-based bioplastics.

As we create more new and innovative uses for bioplastics like wheat straw, we can prevent more single-use petrol-based plastics from littering our landfills as oceans, as well as drastically reduce the amount of CO2 damaging our atmosphere.

So, how are our hangers made?

You may be thinking, ‘wow, that’s amazing, but how is wheat straw taken from a field and made into Well Hung® hangers?’

At the end of a farmer’s harvest, they will sell their wheat grains to various stores and manufacturers to be turned into food, animal feed, etc. They will then be left with the waste by-products, which can be burnt or sold on to sustainable manufacturers for use in their bio-plastic materials.

In order to make it more durable, the wheat straw is first cleaned and vacuumed to remove any dirt or dust. Next, the individual fibres of straw are broken up in order to gain a compound called ‘lignin’. Lignin naturally occurs in most plants to help with strength and staying upright.

This lignin can then be mixed with other substances, such as sugar, to create a plastic-like compound which is mouldable into many forms, shapes and uses. Once the desired shape has been formed, an eco-friendly dye can be added alongside some other finishing touches to create a unique, reusable product that lasts for many years to come.

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7 Fun Facts and Information About Wheat:

  • Worldwide, wheat covers about 2.25 million square kilometres of the globe’s surface, almost ten times the size of the UK.
  • Ten thousand years ago wheat was just a wild grass, one of many, confined to a small range in the Middle East.
  • According to the basic evolutionary criteria of survival and reproduction, wheat has become one of the most successful plants in the history of the earth.
  • Wheat was introduced by the first English colonists and quickly became the main cash crop of farmers who sold it to urban populations and exporters.
  • The country now producing the largest amount of the crop in the world is China.
  • Every continent except Antarctica grows the crop to some extent.
  • In 1777, wheat was first planted as a hobby crop.