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Uncovered: The Wood Pallet Industry | 5 Common Misconceptions

By: Johanna Mueller on August 29th, 2018

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Uncovered: The Wood Pallet Industry | 5 Common Misconceptions

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Although wooden pallets are common in various workplaces, many misconceptions continue to exist about them. You might hear people complain about the increasing carbon footprint, copious amounts of wood pallets in landfills or limited usage options when speaking of wood pallets. We are dedicated to educating and informing anyone who might come across pallets in the workplace or in personal life. Speaking of education; you may also want to check out our blog to impress your coworkers with interesting facts about the history of the wooden pallet.Learn More

As one of the leading wood pallet manufacturers in the U.S., Pallet Consultants feels responsible to clear up some common myths and stereotypes which exist in the industry. Keep Reading about five common misunderstandings! You will be surprised how amazing wood pallets are, not only for industrial, but also for personal purposes.


Myth #1: Skids And Pallets Are The Same

Because people often use the terms “skid” and “pallet” interchangeably, we want to define their differences, not only in their construction but also in their usage. Skids were especially common before the double-faced pallet became more popular, in the 1930s. A skid is a single-deck platform which rests on pedestals. Skids are commonly used as a foundation for heavy machinery. Pallets, on the other hand, have a top and bottom deck with typically three or four stringers. They are used for transportation, as they provide more stability than skids. When you don't want the bottom boards to be in the way, skids are still a strong option and can be used for clients who are looking to save money.

Skid Pallet        versus      Wood Pallet


Myth #2: Pallets Are Not Environmentally Friendly

Of course, trees are essential for the human well-being and everyone knows about their importance for our nature and wildlife. However, wood is a natural and renewable resource which makes it the best material for pallets. Wooden pallets are 100 % recyclable and the industry is very close to achieve the zero-waste benchmark. Additionally, after the pallet served its initial purpose, the owner can resell it to a pallet repair company (click here to learn how to sell). If the owner decides to keep the pallet, it can also be repaired onsite (click here to find the benefits of any onsite pallet repair operation).


Myth #3: Wood Pallets Fill Up Landfills

This is one the most crucial myths in the industry which needs clarification. A recently conducted study by Virginia Tech found that 95 % of wood pallets are being recycled. In fact, the study claims that the overall appearance of wood pallets in landfills decreased. Wooden pallets are used, repaired if necessary, reused, or converted into mulch, animal bedding or biofuel when they are no longer useful.


Pallet Recycling

Myth #4: Wood Pallets Contribute To Deforestation

Yes, wood pallets are made from new lumber. However, pallet companies often use these same pallets over and over again by repairing their damaged components. When a pallet becomes unrepairable, it is grinder into mulch or other recycled materials.


Myth #5: New Pallets Are The Best Pallets

Oftentimes, people assume that only new pallets will serve their needs in the best way. Some might argue that used wood pallets are subject to bacterial growth or that they do not withstand water, as the wood can build fungus or mold. We want to clarify that recycled pallets can be as good as new pallets. The ISPM-15 standard ensures that the wood pallets are sterilized through heat treatment. Furthermore, you can save a substantial amount of money by using recycled or repaired pallets, instead of new ones, while also doing something good for the environment.


Recyclability and the impact on the environment are extremely important when considering packaging and shipping materials, nowadays. Wood pallets may not seem to be the best option at first, but businesses should take a closer glance at the benefits of choosing them for their operations.

If you are an expert in the industry, try to clarify when you hear any misconceptions. On the other hand, if you have additional questions or need further information contact one of our Pallet Consultants experts. We are happy to share our extensive knowledge and potentially reach the zero-waste benchmark for wood pallets.


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About Johanna Mueller

Johanna Mueller is a participant in our 2018 PR Summer Internship program.