Why Plastic

Why Plastic Pallets?

In recent years there have been enormous improvements in biodegradable and plastic pallet design, and they have now become the norm in many industries. There are many motives behind this migration to biodegradable pallets, such as:

In addition, environmental issues, the impact of Packaging Regulations (Recycling), and questions regarding the sustainability of forestry, have also encouraged many users to move away from the traditional wooden pallets, to plastic pallets manufactured from recycled materials - and which themselves are recyclable.

Light weight

Our biodegradable pallets can weigh up to 20 - 30kg less than a wooden pallet. Therefore, even though the initial cost of a biodegradable pallet is higher than a wooden pallet, you actually save money when you take into account the reduced weight. The additional cost for fumigation and heat treatment for exports to ISPM 15 Certified countries (see below) is an additional cost that is not required for our pallets. Please read the following examples for a clearer picture.

You have an export consignment to go to Los Angeles in the USA, the gross weight of your shipment is 200kg (not including the pallet). The rate to Los Angeles is $4.80/kg
Plastic Pallet Wooden Pallet
Weight: 8kg Weight: 45kg
Total Weight: 208kg Total Weight: 245kg
Formula: 208kg x $4.80 + $28 Formula: 245kg x $4.80 + $10
Total: $1026.40 Total: $1186.00
Total saving using plastic pallets: $159.60
Plastic pallets last an average of 10 times longer than wooden pallets so when you add this up over 2 years the cost savings really start to get realised. See below as a conservative example.
Plastic Pallet Wooden Pallet
No. of Pallets: 100 No. of Pallets: 100
Cost: $28 each Cost: $10 each
Total Cost: $2,800 Total Cost: $1,000
Lifespan: 24 months Lifespan: 3 months
Total: $2,800 over 2 years Total: $8,000 over 2 years
Total saving using plastic pallets: $5,200.00

Eco 1100 Remember this is a conservative approach as the plastic pallets will often last much longer than this.

All figures were calculated using the Eco 1100 plastic pallet.

100% size and strength consistency.

By virtue of the moulding process, and inherent quality control procedures involved in the hi-tech manufacturing process of biodegradable pallets, the dimensional accuracy and load ratings of those pallets are always 100% consistent. Unlike a wooden pallet, which is constructed from a number of inconsistent parts of varying strength, our biodegradable pallets are moulded under extreme pressure, in highly polished accurate moulds. The process itself produces an exceptionally high quality product.

Safer handling, without nails & splinters

Our biodegradable pallets are much safer for handling in dispatch areas due to there being no possibility of loose component parts breaking free under manual lifting conditions which could potentially cause injury. Perhaps more importantly, there are no nails, sharp edges or splinters in our pallets to damage either operatives’ hands or products being loaded onto the pallets.

No mould, or dust contamination issues

Biodegradable pallets made in polyethylene or polypropylene are not subject to any inherent mould or dust contamination issues. Whether of open or closed deck design, the surfaces of plastic pallets are smooth, and the moulding process under high temperature and pressure produces sealed material. In many applications, the "blue stain mould" which can appear in new wooden pallets, especially under conditions of high humidity, is unacceptable, both because of contamination, and also product presentation issues.

Suitable for hygienic areas

In hygienic areas, and clean rooms, the cross contamination issues from the mould and dust inherent in wooden pallets is of great concern. All styles and types of our biodegradable pallets remove these concerns. In addition, the specialist Hygienic Pallets have totally smooth sealed enclosed surfaces, removing any possibility of impurities accumulating in the pallet's structure.

Easily cleaned

Our pallets can be repeatedly steam cleaned or washed to remove any airborne dust or spilt products which accumulate on the pallets over a period of time.

Impervious to moisture, weak acids & alkalis

Regardless of the operating conditions, our biodegradable pallets will not absorb moisture, even under the most adverse conditions. Generally, both polyethylene and polypropylene pallets are unaffected by weak acids and alkalis.

Meets AQIS requirements for export to Australia & New Zealand

Use of our specially designed pallets for exports to Australia and New Zealand removes the requirement for the Treatment Certificates which apply to wooden pallets, and the associated risks of consignments being quarantined on arrival, through documentation and certificate expiry problems. Other countries, such as China, are also considering implementation of restrictions on the importation of goods on wooden pallets, because of potential infestations which could contaminate the country's forestry.

A full List of ISPM 15 (treated wooden pallets) regulated countries include:

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Bolivia
  4. Brazil
  5. Canada
  6. Chile
  7. China
  8. Colombia
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Cuba
  11. Dominican Republic
  12. EC
  13. Ecuador
  14. Egypt
  15. Guyana
  16. Guatemala
  17. Honduras
  18. India
  19. Indonesia
  20. Israel
  21. Jamaica
  22. Japan
  23. Jordan
  24. Republic of Korea
  25. Lebanon
  26. Malaysia
  27. Mexico
  28. New Zealand
  29. Nicaragua
  30. Nigeria
  31. Norway
  32. Oman
  33. Paraguay
  34. Peru
  35. Phillipines
  36. Russia
  37. Seychelles
  38. South Africa
  39. Sri Lanka
  40. Syria
  41. Taiwan, Penghu and Matsu
  42. Turkey
  43. Ukraine
  44. USA

Working life averages 10 times that of wooden pallet

In a closed loop distribution scenario, with normal handling and loading within design limits, a biodegradable pallet has a potential life span of up to, and even exceeding, 10 years. Biodegradable pallets easily outperform their wooden counterparts in terms of longevity - our pallets have a working life as much as 10 times longer than wooden pallets. There will be no weakening of the material, no loosening of nails and no changing shape.

An investment for the future

Taking into account the excellent working life of our biodegradable pallets, and the environmental issues revolving predominantly around sustainability concerns for forestry, our pallets are an investment for the future. Although the initial investment in biodegradable pallets is higher than the wooden alternative, in a closed loop scenario, our pallets are recognised as assets. As such, their cost should be depreciated over their working life. In this way, taking an average medium duty plastic pallet, the cost to the operator can be as low as PSTG 0.05 (US Dollars 0.07) per week.

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