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Comparing Stainless Steel Pegs and Plastic Pegs

July 6, 2021   By Spacewhite Green Team

If you’re reading this, you’re probably sick of your plastic or wooden pegs constantly breaking, and always needing to replace them. Not having enough pegs for your washing can be so frustrating, and can make something as mundane as laundry even worse.

Enter stainless steel pegs. What’s the deal, and are they that much better than the alternative? Keep reading to find out!

Plastic breaks over time

It’s likely that you have plastic pegs in your home. Most people use plastic pegs because they are cheap and easily accessible. Frankly, they get the job done efficiently. You can even get them in different colours, which might be a selling point for some.

Plastic pegs might seem like the best option, but people end up with more hassle than they expect. The vibrant colours fade over time, leaving the pegs looking old and worn. Plastic pegs often break easily. Who hasn’t stepped on a fallen peg and had it break? After enough time and exposure to sun and moisture, plastic pegs become brittle and will eventually break anyway.

When plastic pegs break, you have to purchase a new set of pegs, until that set also breaks. Afterwards, you will have to buy another set. The cycle goes on and on.

Adding more fuel to the fire, you may find the springs developing rust over time—rust that forms because the cheap steel can’t fight off corrosion. As a result, the rust may stain and dirty clothes, which means more work given you’ve just washed them!

Not to mention the plastic waste that comes from broken pegs and replacements, which is far from eco-friendly. With the frailties of plastic as shown here, will you still use plastic pegs?

Plastic has nothing on steel

Instead, for a truly trouble-free experience of using pegs, watch out for stainless steel pegs. Yes, they can be an expensive upfront cost, but marine grade stainless steel will last a lifetime and offer so much more value. 

No more replacements

To start, you won’t need to replace stainless steel pegs. Ever. Steel pegs will stand the test of time, saving you money in the long run. 

Think about it: every time a set of plastic pegs will eventually need replacing, expenses add up, and money is wasted. Stainless steel pegs might be an expensive upfront cost, but you’ll never need to replace them. Purchase 1 or 2 sets to start yourself off and you can say goodbye to plastic pegs forever. 

Tough as nails

Say goodbye to rust, snapping, and breaking too! Steel comes in different compositions called grades. These compositions aim to add properties to steel that it otherwise will not have in its pure state. The most common of these compositions is marine-grade 316.

You can find cheaper steel pegs out there, but what you might find is that the steel will rust or corrode in harsh weather conditions such as living near the ocean. Cheaper metal pegs will also be burning to the touch if left out in the sun.

Hang whatever you want

With strong durability comes high clamping strength. Plastic pegs tend to lose their clamping power when the plastic material starts to wear. 

However, with stainless steel, the pegs will still have the same strong clamp and won’t wear out with consistent use. They’re also strong enough to hold up big, bulky items like jackets and coats. This way, you can use the pegs for more heavy-duty tasks than just hanging t-shirts on a clothesline.

Better for the environment

Stainless steel pegs are the most environmentally friendly peg option. Like most plastics, broken plastic pegs go to landfills and take hundreds of years to decompose. With tonnes of broken plastic pegs used worldwide, imagine how much plastic waste is polluting the environment.

With stainless steel pegs, you’re making a purchase that will last you a very long time and is recyclable at the end of its life. The less plastic that you use, the less plastic waste will go to landfills.

What about wood?

Of course, an option we haven’t talked about yet is wooden pegs, which are durable and more eco-friendly than plastic. However, stainless steel pegs still come out on top.

Wooden pegs come from either birch, beech, or maple wood. The hardwood gives the pegs a long-lasting construction, yet much like hardwood, this type of pegs may be hard to find. What you may usually buy in stores come from cheap imported wood. As a result, you miss out on the durability of hardwood. The springs on these cheap iterations may rust and break in the same way as the springs in plastic pegs.

Wooden pegs are just as prone to breaking as plastic, so you’ve got the same problem as buying, replacing, and contributing to waste. 

Waste no more with stainless steel 

Save yourself the trouble by making the switch from plastic to metal pegs. With the advantages of reduced plastic waste, saving money on replacements, and no more broken pegs, why wouldn’t you choose steel? 

Using stainless steel pegs, you can then hang or clip all you want and never have to worry about cheap and weak pegs again. Plus with a one-year warranty on Spacewhite Stainless Steel Pegs, you can’t go wrong.

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