Last Updated on December 25, 2019 by Evan Retallack
Maritime transportation currently accounts for 2.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
But while it's easy to appreciate the importance of becoming more environmentally sustainable, the reality as a business owner is that this can only be achieved alongside economic sustainability. So is it possible to match the two?
- The surest way to decrease your company's shipping impact is to reduce the number of shipments made. However, this doesn't have to be achieved by reducing production. More efficient usage of the space available by reducing excess packaging and investing in easily storable pallets can vastly increase your shipping optimisation. In turn, this reduces your long-term spending on non-reusable packaging and extra shipments.
- Reducing use of the harmful chemicals required to clean equipment improves workplace safety and reduces waste.
- Investing in protecting the environment cultivates a positive public image and increases the likelihood of future investment as we move towards a more environmentally thoughtful customer base.
- Complying with the international environmental standard ISO 14000 series achieves a reputation for best practice and reputable service for your brand.
The best place to start
- Plastic pallets are lightweight and easily stackable, allowing for greater utilisation of shipping space.
- The working life of plastic pallets is around 10 times that of the wooden alternative. This, alongside their resistance to moisture, acids, alkalis, moulds and an easy to clean structure reduces the economic and environmental expense of regular replacement.
- Recyclable plastic pallets, themselves made from recyclable materials, cut down on destructive forestry practices associated with mass produced wooden alternatives.
- Plastic pallets unlike wooden ones do not require the use of harsh fumigation chemicals to be cleaned to shipping standards.