Environmentally friendly clothes pegs are becoming a hot commodity item as people make a simple switch to replace the plastic pegs that are constantly breaking apart in our hands!
Australians are known for hanging our clothes on the line most of the year-round. Whether you’re in the heat of the far northern regions, in the outback or along the coast, plastic pegs quickly deteriorate with heavy use and become pieces of junk destined for the landfill.
Twenty plus years ago it was common to use wood laundry pegs. While there’s nothing wrong with a wooden peg — it’s biodegradable and compostable — they come with some of their own challenges. They’ve been known to go mouldy in wet or damp environments and can leave marks on your white clothing.
So the mouldy pegs are in the compost and the plastic ones are in the bin – it’s time to choose a plastic free alternative to support the laundry needs in your household.
Stainless Steel Clothes Pegs
If you’re seeking the best environmentally friendly clothes pegs on the market, then you’ll probably want to choose a Stainless Steel Wire Peg. These pegs are made from one single piece of wire and are available in several different Stainless Steel Grades.
- 201 Grade Stainless Steel Pegs
- 304 Stainless Steel Pegs
- 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Pegs
Bamboo Clothes Pegs
Bamboo Clothes Pegs are another great alternative to the plastic peg. Bamboo pegs are durable and will last a lot longer than plastic. This is not the best product if you like to leave your pegs on the line when they aren’t in use, as they may get discoloured. The “EORTH” team have been testing bamboo pegs for over a year now, and they still have years of clothes line time left! When bamboo pegs reach the end of their life, you can simply remove the metal and compost the bamboo. This is a zero-waste product.
If you’re looking to replace your plastic pegs with Bamboo Pegs then you may like our Plastic Free Starter Kit, which includes Bamboo Pegs and five other great zero waste options to get you started on your plastic free journey.
EORTH answers: environmentally friendly clothes pegs
How hot do the wire pegs get in the sun?
These pegs have been “EORTH” tested in the Far North Queensland summer and to date, we can happily report no burnt fingertips! The pegs single wire and loophole design allows for airflow through the peg keeping it from getting too hot.
We live by the ocean. Will the wire pegs rust?
We highly recommend choosing the 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel Pegs if you live by the ocean. They are the most durable option for salty conditions and are designed to protect against rust.
How do plastic free alternatives hold up in the wind?
Both eco-friendly laundry pegs are perfect options for windy environments. They will keep your clothes held tight to the line through their drying time. We like the bamboo clothes pegs on a windy day!
If my stainless steel pegs do rust, how can I remove rust?
Stainless steel wire pegs can be soaked in a CLR to remove rust and they’ll be good as new again.
What’s your favourite plastic free peg? Do you prefer stainless steel wire or bamboo pegs? Share your clothes line tips below.