Just like plastic straws, bags, cups and cutlery, plastic clothes pegs have been used for generations without a lot of thought about where they end up. It’s sad but true that our plastic waste ends up either in landfill, in our soil or in our waterways.

While clothing pegs may be small, they’re an everyday essential that can greatly impact the environment. Ready to make a sustainable switch? Before you do, let’s take a look at the different clothing peg options on the market.

Plastic Clothing Pegs

Plastic clothes pegs need to be replaced constantly because they become weak and brittle when they’re exposed to sunlight. They snap in our hands, the cheap metal bits rust, and they break into little pieces which end up in our gardens, drains and sometimes in the stomachs of our unsuspecting wildlife.

Plastic clothes pegs aren’t biodegradable and they can’t be recycled, so they’re destined to end up in landfill no matter how carefully you look after them.

Wooden Pegs

Whilst wood and bamboo pegs may seem like a sustainable switch, there are a few downsides worth considering. If you’re in an area where you get rain or humid days quite frequently, you may find your wooden pegs getting mouldy.

Wooden pegs also have a tendency to leave marks on your clothes, known as ‘tannin stains’ - that’s the last thing you want to deal with after washing a whole load of laundry!

There are also some wooden pegs that work with a metal spring mechanism; ending up rusty like their plastic counterparts. The wood deteriorates pretty quickly, so these pegs need constant replacing.

Stainless Steel Clothing Pegs

The solution to all of your clothing peg woes? Stainless steel pegs! They are the most durable option; remaining unaffected by wind, rain and sweltering hot days. Stainless steel clothes pegs are the ideal choice for Australian homes, and they can last a lifetime.

If you take good care of your stainless steel pegs you can even pass them onto your kids; now how’s that for sustainability? If you live near the ocean or in wet, salty conditions it’s best to bring your steel pegs inside. In any other conditions, our rose gold pegs are fine to keep on the clothesline when not in use.

Here at Wear & Repeat we offer a selection of rose gold stainless steel pegs (both medium and large sizes) in packs of 20 and 50 that will make doing your laundry that little bit more fun. We’ll be the first to admit how satisfying it is looking at a clothes line dotted with rose gold pegs! 

stainless steel pegs

They aren’t just a pretty face either; our rose gold stainless steel clothes pegs are 100% waste-free, and with their nickel content twice as high as common grade stainless steel, they’re resistant to rust and corrosion.

Stainless steel pegs are strong enough to hang up your doonas and towels, and they even make a great addition to your pantry when you need to keep your post-Netflix-binge chip packets fresh. Now that’s a win.

Now that you’re aware of all the peg options under the sun, we hope you’ve found the right choice for your home. If you’d like us to share more tips on sustainable living and other easy eco-friendly switches you can make, let us know in the comments below.

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