Pallets are a universal object used everywhere in the world for the placement and transport of goods. Sometimes it is even used as a transport unit. This allows for pallets to be traded. They come in various shapes, materials and sizes. However, the ones best known to the average person are wooden. But is that justified? In this article, we provide reasons for choosing plastic pallets over the wooden variety.
Perhaps it will cost you more money initially to buy the same number of plastic pallets as it would for wooden ones. But the choice for plastic pallets over wooden ones will eventually save you money. This is because plastic is more durable and will last longer. And isn’t saving money something that every business wants?
Because plastic pallets are lighter than wooden pallets, you can have a higher ‘net’ load, and so transport more goods at the same price. It will eventually mean that the amount of CO2 emissions from transporting goods will decrease. This is because more goods are transported per freight. This means that your company pays less for fuel costs for your transport of goods. This not only saves your company money, but you are also contributing to a greener world.
Apart from the usual assessment criteria, such as price and quality, the carbon footprint is becoming a more common decision parameter for clients who wish to compare products. Q-Pall also uses the results of the carbon footprint analysis as a benchmark and premise for the improvement of its products’ environmental performance. Through strict design goals for energy and material efficiency and the unique production philosophy in which products are produced as close to the client as possible, so that transport miles are minimised, Q-Pall seeks to further minimise the emission of greenhouse gasses. There are Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) documents available for all plastic pallet types.
The production of these pallets is highly sustainable, as they are produced and can then be completely recycled. Because of their durability, the pallets also have an extra-long lifespan. Wooden pallets are often treated to be weather-resistant. With plastic pallets, that is not necessary, because they can stand some hard ware. Additionally, wooden pallets have the risk that they damage products with splinters. It goes without saying that with plastic pallets, this is not the case.
Wooden pallets have to be treated and repaired every once in a while to keep up the quality. Because pallets travel all around the world, there is a considerable chance vermin and bacteria end up in the wooden pallets. This is the reason many countries have set strict regulations to stop the spread of disease and bacteria through these wooden pallets. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has set several demands that wooden pallets have to meet. For instance, they have to be HT treated so that there are no more organisms in the wood. From January 2010 onwards, all newly approved EPAL pallets meet the set demands. This is also stated on the pallet. However, there are also many used pallets in circulation. These can also have been produced before 2010. Without extra sorting, there is no certainty in this field. This can create unfortunate situations, such as the chance that your shipment is turned back at the border. Apart from this being a hassle, it can also be very costly. With the purchase of plastic pallets, this is not the situation at all and you always have 100% certainty.
Would you like more information about our plastic pallets and their advantages? Then have a look at our selection. Of course, if you have any questions, always feel free to contact us.