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Why Wooden Pallets Are Good For the Environment | Pallet Consultants

Why Wooden Pallets Are Good For the Environment | Pallet Consultants

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Using recycled pallets prevents trees from being cut down, can be reused multiple times and have a high recycle rate.

The average person might look around at all the wooden pallets used in supply chains and wonder about the impact on the environment. But wood pallets are one of the most sustainable and reusable packaging solutions available! In fact, they were recently given an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certifying their eco-friendliness. This is the first of its kind for a supply chain packaging.

This designation was given by multiple groups including the Forest Products Laboratory, a research arm of the U.S. Forest Service and by UL, a global leader in third-party EPD certification. For more information on the many benefits of wooden pallets, including their green nature, start a conversation with our team. Pallets are good for the environment because they are:

  • Sustainable
  • Repairable
  • Recyclable
  • Potentially carbon net-negative

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Sustainable

Wood pallets are very sustainable and are mostly produced from specially-grown trees. This means that deforestation and similar environmental concerns are not typically caused by pallet manufacturing. Instead, trees are planted for the sole purpose of being cut into lumber which is then used in new pallets, making pallets a renewable and green resource. Additionally, the majority of pallets are now made from softwood species, which grow quickly and can be replenished easily.

 

sustainable palletThe majority of pallets are produced from lumber grown in sustainable tree nurseries, similar to this.

 

Repairable

One of the greatest strengths of pallets as a packaging platform is the ease in which they can be repaired. Unlike metal or plastic pallets, wooden ones can be damaged or broken but affordably and quickly fixed. Deckboards can be replaced, stringers can be repaired and most pallets are used multiple times before coming to their end of life. Pallets are so repairable that there are many suppliers, like Pallet Consultants, that specialize in their repair and reuse. Not only are wooden pallets easily fixed, they have similar weight capacity to new pallets yet cost a fraction of the price!

 

quality pallet repair near mePallets are routinely repaired and reused. When this is done by capable suppliers, these pallets perform similarly to new pallets.

 

Recyclable

After pallets have been repaired multiple times they’re then recycled into other products. Wooden pallets appear to be one of the most recycled supply chain packages available, with over 95% of pallets avoiding landfills according to a Virginia Tech research project.

 

mulch near mePallet Consultants has multiple facilities that turn our leftover wood material into quality mulch.

 

Why are so many pallets recycled? It’s because they can be used for so many different things. Before a pallet is scrapped, it’s usually cut into pieces that can be used to repair other pallets, extending the lifecycle of other pallets. Any other scrap wood that cannot be used is often ground into mulch for landscaping use or turned into biomass to be burned in special energy-generation facilities.

 

Carbon Net-Negative

When carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere, this is known as a net-positive carbon emission. Over a pallet’s lifetime, a pallet can actually prevent more greenhouse gas emissions than it produces if it is recycled properly. Pallet repair, reuse, and the complete recycling of the wood and other materials like nails can be so efficient as to reduce carbon emissions.

 

Wooden pallets are a reliable and flexible packaging solution that is also good for the environment. With proper repair and recycling, pallets can reduce your costs while allowing your facility to improve its greenhouse emissions. To find out the many ways your operation can benefit from using recycled pallets start a conversation with our expert team.


Pallet Consultants is a national pallet manufacturer offering a wide variety of pallet products including recycled pallets, specialty pallets, custom-sized pallets, new pallets and more. We provide quality pallets and pallet retrieval services to industries around the country. Start a conversation with our expert team to see how we can meet the pallet needs of your operation.

 

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