More and more businesses are recognising the benefits of plastic pallets over wooden ones, especially for exporting. According to the Office of National Statistics, exports from Britain reached a record high in 2013 and an increasing proportion of them were shipped on plastic pallets.
If you haven’t made the switch yet, here are 8 reasons why you should consider plastic pallets:
1. Ease of Export
Plastic pallets are exempt from ISPM15 regulations. There is no need to fumigate or heat treat the pallets prior to export, as they do not harbour insects or other biological materials which could contribute to the spread of pests.
Plastic pallets are inert to bacteria, mould and mildew, making them ideal for food or pharmaceutical products.
3. Easy to Clean
Impervious to fats, solvents, acids and odours, plastic pallets are easily cleaned and sanitised.
With an average lifespan of 10 years plus, plastic pallets are durable and economical over their lifetime. An investment in plastic pallets is especially economical for closed loop systems.
5. Safe to Handle
Cut down on workplace injuries and improve health and safety by switching to plastic pallets. With no nails, splinters or rust, these pallets are the safer choice.
6. Ease of Handling
A plastic pallet is approximately 30% lighter in weight than a corresponding wooden pallet. This represents a significant saving on freight costs, and easier handling all round. Consistent dimensions also make for better storage and loading.
7. Sustainability and Environmental Issues
An estimated 10 million trees are felled each year to create wooden pallets, which then end up in landfill at the end of their use. By contrast, plastic pallets are manufactured from 100% recycled materials, and can be fully recycled when finished with.
8. Wide Variety
Plastic pallets are available in a wide variety of types and sizes, to suit all applications. Choose from stackable, nesting, rackable or smooth deck - there’s a plastic pallet to suit your industry.
Talk to us today to find out more about the benefits of plastic pallets and prepare to make the switch.