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What are the most eco friendly pegs?

Plastic clothes pegs are a ubiquitous household item used for hanging clothes out to dry. While they may seem innocuous, they have significant environmental impacts, including contributing to plastic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In this blog post, we will explore the limitations and environmental impacts of using and replacing plastic clothes pegs, and discuss how stainless steel pegs are a more environmentally friendly option.

The limitations of plastic clothes pegs

Plastic clothes pegs are made from petroleum-based plastics, which take hundreds of years to break down in the environment. They are often lost or discarded in the process of hanging out clothes, which means they can end up in waterways and oceans, where they harm wildlife and accumulate in the environment. See the hashtag #pegsgonewild for numerous examples of this. Additionally, plastic clothes pegs can break easily and become unusable, leading to a need for constant replacement.

Just some of the Instagram images depicting plastic peg pollution #pegsgonewild

Environmental impacts of plastic clothes pegs

The environmental impacts of plastic clothes pegs are significant. Production of these items requires the use of non-renewable resources, and the energy required to manufacture them contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Once plastic clothes pegs are discarded, they can end up in landfills or the natural environment, where they release microplastics and toxins as they break down. Best Pegs is passionate about the issue of microplastic pollution. Each month we make a donation to support the work of AUSMAP, a national citizen science project that is mapping microplastic pollution hotspots around Australia.

Stainless steel pegs as an alternative

Stainless steel pegs are a more environmentally friendly option for hanging clothes. Unlike plastic clothes pegs, stainless steel pegs are durable and long-lasting, meaning that they do not need to be replaced as frequently. Additionally, they do not release microplastics or toxins when they break down, and they can be recycled at the end of their lifespan.

While stainless steel pegs are more expensive than plastic clothes pegs, they are an investment in the environment. The long lifespan of stainless steel pegs means that they are ultimately more cost-effective than constantly replacing plastic clothes pegs. Moreover, they are a more sustainable and responsible choice for those who care about reducing their environmental footprint.


Plastic clothes pegs have significant environmental impacts, from contributing to plastic pollution to greenhouse gas emissions. Stainless steel pegs offer an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic clothes pegs. While they are initially more expensive, their durability and longevity make them a more sustainable and cost-effective choice. By making the switch to stainless steel pegs, we can reduce our impact on the environment and work towards a more sustainable future.

Best Pegs is a trusted Australian seller of quality stainless steel pegs. Our pegs are tested by a metals expert to confirm the grade of stainless steel so you can be assured you’re getting a genuine product. Check out our guide to buying stainless steel pegs for further advice on making the right choice, you can also visit our store by clicking here


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