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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 01/19/2018

SOLAR PRODUCTION97.0MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
1,494 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 79.5 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
1,225 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $10,728 DOLLARS SAVED
$165,242 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 176,535 MILES NOT DRIVEN
2,719,174 YTD

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11/20/2013

Black Hanger Is the New Black at Macy’s: Eco-Friendly Hangers

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What do retailers in the entire U.S. apparel industry have in common? Hangers. Standards for hangers used to display apparel have been changed to reduce the environmental impact and cost. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are a part of the change recently announced by the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association (VICS).

The hangers have changed from clear with metal hooks to matte black. The move to the new hanger does not impact infants’ or toddlers’ wear or intimate apparel. Annual usage of clear hangers was estimated at 2 billion industry-wide before the change in the U.S., with Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s ordering 300 million per year. 

The hanger change moves not just Macy’s, but the entire industry in the direction of a more sustainable and lower cost hanger. The black hanger provides an eco-friendly product that meets all business and shopper requirements. They actually seem to have more benefits than the clear hangers. Black hangers don’t show scratches or fading and can be ground up and recycled. They're less susceptible to UV and environmental factors that impact the appearance of clear hangers.

The black hanger is made from the largest pool of recycled resins, dramatically reducing the need to rely on 100 percent of new oil resources and drastically reducing the ecological footprint. In the global market, the U.S. is actually behind the trend. The black hanger trend began in Europe where today almost all hangers are exclusively black. 

VICS developed the new hanger standards with VICS members that included retailers, apparel companies and hanger suppliers. Performance standards set for clear hangers will be the same for the black hanger. Macy’s is happy to be a part of an industry wide step in the sustainable direction.