The plastic clothespins sold at big box stores are disposable junk. You can't expect quality when they're $1.50 for a 20-pack. You're supposed to use them until they break, then throw them out and buy more.
An Australian company called Tekpeg offers a more durable product. They've employed "clever mechanical engineering fused with considered industrial design" to create their eponymous clothespins, which are rated for 10,000 squeeze cycles, are reportedly easier for the arthritic to manipulate, and feature additional hooks at their tips to increase their versatility.
Tekpegs are monomaterial, lacking a metal spring. Instead they've designed the two halves to mate with fins forming a radial torsion spring.
Somewhat worryingly, the company doesn't say whether they're recyclable or not (though these days, I'm losing faith that society-wide recycling is even a workable system). They also don't say what type of plastic they're made of, only stating that they're "made with up to 50% recycled plastic."
As always, if you want something that lasts longer, you've got to pay for it. Tekpegs run AUD $17 (USD $11) for a 20-pack and AUD $43 (USD $29) for a 60-pack.
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