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NEWCASTLE - New research singles out the clothes hanger as the "plastic straw of the fashion industry" with nearly a billion used every year in the UK and many of them ending up in landfill.

The study, by Dr Alana James, of Northumbria University, and fashion consultant Emma Reed, says that 16 per cent of the 954 million plastic hangers used each year in Britain are used solely for transporting clothing from manufacturers to shops and then discarded.

They anonymously surveyed a wide variety of UK fashion businesses, from luxury bands to high street retailers, including e-commerce operations, for the study which was carried out in partnership with sustainable hanger brand Arch & Hook.

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