Last Updated on December 26, 2019 by Evan Retallack
For the best part of a century, wooden pallets were the only option for businesses wanting to transport valuable products around the country or across the globe. However, as shipping demands have grown, there has been a massive shift in focus and biodegradable and plastic pallets now dominate the landscape.
According to study results published in a 2013 Modern Materials Handling magazine, 95 per cent of respondents will use plastic pallets the same amount or more often moving forward.
Innovation is a key part of business success, which is where biodegradable pallets can add real value to your operations. Whether this is in regard to a better end-product or standing out at the loading zone, using environmentally friendly pallets will highlight your business as an industry leader.
With this in mind, here are three advantages of plastic pallets.
1) Workplace health and safety
While wooden pallets did the job for close to 100 years, there was always the risk that someone could suffer an injury while working with them. The main hazards included loose component parts breaking free or encountering nails, splinters or sharp edges.
However, with Eco Pallet’s biodegradable pallets, these risks are completely eliminated. Structured as a whole pallet, rather than multiple pieces, there is no chance that your team experience breaks or materials that can injury their hands.
2) Size and strength consistency
Apart from price, one of the key considerations when purchasing a pallet is strength, based on Modern Materials Handling magazine study. Due to the various parts to a wooden pallet, size and strength can be inconsistent and this can lead to problems with transportation.
In contrast, biodegradable pallets are the complete opposite. Moulded under extreme pressure and with strict quality control procedures, these pallets are always built to the stated size and are able to carry exact weights.
3) Protection from moisture and chemicals
Depending on where your business is transporting produce, you need to trust that the pallet can stand up to any environment it faces. As a result of our comprehensive manufacturing process, every biodegradable pallet from Eco Pallets is guaranteed to not absorb moisture.
It is also important to point out that plastic pallets are protected from chemicals such as weak acids and alkalis, due to the use of polyethylene and polypropylene. This means the pallet won’t break under stress and has a working life that is around 10 times that of a traditional wooden pallet.
For more information about the advantages of biodegradable pallets over their wooden alternative, contact the team at Eco Pallets today.