Anyone who has walked into a warehouse store or home improvement store has seen pallets underneath large, bulky displays. They provide protection from the sales floor and make it easier to move cumbersome product. Pallets also safeguard product throughout the shipping process, enabling less damage and loss. With pallets being used more than ever in order to meet the demands of growing freight, what is the most reliable, eco-friendly, cost-efficient option out there?
Pallets made from plastic have gained popularity as a more adaptive, green, cost-effective choice. Plastic pallets are easy to maintain, durable over time, and come in a wide assortment of sizes and configurations. They cut down cargo space and can be stored without difficulty. And, because many are made from recycled plastic, they are sustainable and able to be completely recycled again.
Today, cost effectiveness is a prerequisite when considering a product. Plastic pallets are economical from their initial purchase, but also have a long service life span that offers sturdy shipping and packaging protection over time. Similarly, because they are lightweight and have an excellent weight-to-load capacity ratio, freight costs are reduced. Maintenance is less costly, due to plastic’s nature as a chemical and bacteria-resistant material.
Plastic pallets are safer than pallets made from other materials, such as wood. Aside from the splinters, cracks, and sharp edges of the wood, these pallets require metal hardware that can rust and corrode over time. Once weathered and worn, the metal will become unsafe after of repeated use. On the other hand, pallets made of plastic are generally fabricated in one piece and do not need any additional hardware. They are safer to handle and do not weather like wood and metal.
In addition, plastic can be cleaned and sanitized easily, unlike wood, which has a propensity to retain bacteria and other bio-hazardous contaminants. The handling of contaminated pallets can be risky on its own, but is especially dangerous when shipping food items and medical supplies. These health hazards are undeniably minimized since plastics are intrinsically resistant to insects, fungi, and bacteria.
Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, plastic pallets can be molded to fit a variety of needs. While all plastic pallets are designed to withstand the stresses of freight and shipment, there are a many different styles to handle various types of cargo. Space-saving storage, one-way shipping, floor rising, stackable, and nestable plastic pallets are all manufactured with precise conditions and requirements in mind.