Last Updated on October 25, 2020 by Evan Retallack
If you’re on the fence about whether or not plastic pallets are right for your business, rather than wooden ones, here’s something that might help you decide: Cost.
Plastic pallets have made a name for themselves thanks to their durability, longevity and the handy ability to be easily cleaned and sanitised. Wooden ones don’t have these features, but some businesses may still be reluctant to make the switch.
In this article, we’ll look at three financial reasons why plastic is the logical, more cost-effective choice when choosing a pallet material.
1. Save on transportation weight
When transporting material, weight is one of the most important costing factors. Unnecessary weight does nothing except add to the freight bill and if businesses are regularly shipping goods and materials, this can become a significant financial burden.
Eco Pallets weigh on average 20-30 kg less than wooden pallets of the same size. This saves money by lowering the cost of the overall weight of a consignment. Additionally, plastic pallets are much more consistent in both size and weight, allowing businesses to more accurately account for the weight of transportation materials during budgeting and cost estimation.
2. Save on the lifespan of transportation material
While the upfront cost of wooden pallets is lower than plastic ones, the longevity of plastic pallets more than accounts for the extra investment over time. Eco Pallets have a lifespan of 10 years or more, whereas wooden pallets rarely last more than a few months of heavy use before splintering and breaking apart.
The need to constantly replace wooden pallets means that over just a few years, businesses that made the switch to plastic would have potentially saved thousands of dollars by still be using the plastic pallets they started with.
3. Product security
Because plastic pallets can be more easily cleaned than wood, they are far less likely to harbour pathogens.
Another important, but not always considered, cost of using an improper transportation material is it’s potential to negatively affect the quality of the goods being transported. In the food and beverage industry, this is of critical importance because contamination arising from the pallet material can not only cause businesses to reject goods but may even harm consumers. Both are costly, financially and reputationally.
As plastic pallets are easier to clean than wood, they are far less likely to harbour pathogens which can spoil food products and cause human illness says Advantage Business Media. Plastic pallets do not splinter, unlike wood, which may result in splinters and other physical materials making their way into a product.
To find out more about why plastic is the way to go, get in touch with Eco Pallets today.