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Fibreboard made hangars make apparel shipping sustainable
Sep '15
A worldwide logistics provider and a green product design company have come together to offer a sustainable program to apparel retailers, which avoids use of plastic bags while shipping garments on hangars.

Logistics provider OIA Global and Ditto Sustainable Brand Solutions, a green product design company have partnered to create an innovative program for shipping and retailing called 'Garments on Ditto'.

“This breakthrough is engineered to make shipping on hangers far more efficient and will allow retailers to replace the billions of one-use, virgin plastic hangers now going into landfills every year,” an OIA press release said.

Steve Akre, OIA's EVP of business development said, “Retailers can reduce shipping and warehousing costs up to 20 per cent and achieve significant sustainability advances using the 'Garments on Ditto' program.”

The key component to the program is the Ditto hanger, made from 100 per cent recycled paper fibreboard, is extremely durable and has marketing and retail benefits not possible with plastic hangers.

Gary Barker, Ditto's founder stated, “People think plastic store hangers are used repeatedly but once the garment is sold, there's no reuse.”

“Studies show that 85 per cent of retail plastic hangers are thrown out resulting in a staggering 34 billion hangers going into landfills annually,” he added.

“With the single use plastic hanger actually costing almost 10 cents more per garment to ship, sell, and dispose off, retailers are paying a premium to send tons of plastic to our landfills,” Barker noted.

Since its founding in 1988, OIA has grown to become a leading third party logistics provider delivering clients a unique combination of global logistics, materials sourcing, and creative packaging solutions.

With a dedicated staff of over 850 professionals and an extensive worldwide presence in over 75 countries, OIA designs innovative solutions that can optimise supply chains around the world.

Ditto Brand Solutions conceives, engineers and produces highly-designed, sustainable retail displays and is known for its efficiencies, strength, beauty, and marketing power. (AR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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