Are you still using wooden pallet in your industry?
The ubiquitous wooden and timber pallets are the most commonly used pallets in manufacturing and logistics industries.
They are well known for being one of the cheapest and can be reused and repaired over their lifespan. However, this is also a double edged sword as wooden pallets are heavy and break easily, meaning they might need to be replaced regularly.
Imagine a really wet wooden pallet, soaked, if you will. Would the thought of potential mold and bacteria infestation start to worry you?
In recent years, pallets have been made from an increasing range of materials, including plastic, metal and even cardboard. Plastic pallets are the fastest growing alternative to wood. This is due to five main reasons below.
1.Plastic pallets are durable
Plastic pallets are more durable than wooden pallets as they are less likely to breakdown on repeated trips. These pallets are ideal for carrying heavy cargo during shipping and being moved around via forklift in a warehouse. Furthermore, they are more able to withstand weather elements in between transport compared to wooden pallets.
2.Plastic pallets are cost effective
As plastic pallets tend to be lighter than wooden units, freight rates are lower whether it is by road, sea or air. Although plastic pallets often have a higher initial cost, the cost per trip of a plastic pallet is often significantly lower due to their durability. In recent years, new breakthroughs in technology have lowered the costs of plastic pallets to be comparable to that of wooden pallets.
3.Plastic pallets are hygienic
As plastic pallets do not absorb moisture, common issues with wooden pallets such as rot, infestation, fumigation and odour absorption are no longer a concern. Unlike other types of pallets, plastic pallets are usually constructed in one solid piece. Thus, the smooth surface of plastic pallets can be easily and thoroughly cleaned between usage. Plastic pallets are perfect for industries with regulatory and hygiene requirements such as pharmaceutical and food and beverage.
4.Plastic Pallets are environmentally friendly
Plastic pallets are more environmentally friendly compared to wooden pallets as choosing a plastic pallet over wood reduces deforestation. Plastic pallets made of recycled plastic would further promote a circular plastic economy where waste is reduced instead of produced.
5.Plastic pallets are safer for everyone
Plastic pallets do not have weak spots at their points unlike wooden pallet due to the way they are constructed; in one solid piece. This results in lower risks of units failing under a heavy load. Choosing plastic pallets over wooden pallets eliminates nails, splinters and broken boards. This means that your valuable goods are less likely to be damaged and your employees have a safer working environment.
6.Plastic pallets are exempt from ISPM-15 requirements
ISPM-15 affects all wood packaging material (pallets, crates, dunnages, etc.) requiring that they be debarked and then heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and stamped or branded, with a mark of compliance to prevent the international transport and spread of disease and insects. The time & effort to comply with ISPM-15 may involve high incidental costs and/or unexpected costs throughout the journey to the intended destination.
Plastic pallets offer numerous benefits over wooden pallets and is a more economical choice in the long run.
MS Eco Series Pallets; light, nestable and stackable, are perfect for exports while our rackable and heavy duty pallets are ideal where durability is of essence.