Any responsible company needs to be aware of their impact on the environment, and this is doubly true of haulage companies. With products being shipped overland across the country, it’s important to find ways to mitigate your business’s carbon footprint in other ways. This is one reason that good-quality wooden pallets are such a sound investment for companies shipping items in bulk.
Aside from their practical haulage applications, they are a sustainable resource that can be reused, repaired, and recycled, eliminating unnecessary waste.
Here at Chris Reynolds Pallets, we only use timber from sustainable sources in the production of our new wooden pallets. All our wood comes from forests in Northern Europe, which are properly managed and preserved, using non-destructive harvesting techniques and planting of new trees to replace any removed for timber purposes.
Wooden pallets are built to withstand heavy loads and rough shipping conditions. They are sturdy and robustly built from high-quality timber. As a result, they can be used over and over again for different shipments to and from your clients. There’s no need to replace your existing pallet stock with new wooden pallets until they sustain damage to the slats, or the nails become dislodged due to heavy use. Even then, there’s still plenty of life in your pallets, as we’ll see…
In our last article, we discussed how used wooden pallets are repaired and restored to their former condition, to be used again. Pallets can be repaired several times, with slats being replaced or realigned, to produce a restored pallet that does as good a job as a brand new one.
While wooden pallets are hard-wearing and can be repaired or restored several times, they don’t last forever. There comes a time in every pallet’s lifespan where they are just too broken down for a repair to be cost-effective. Even in these circumstances, we’re looking to avoid waste. Any broken pallets that we cannot reasonably expect to repair are shredded into wood chips and sawdust, which can then be processed and used as biofuel for our own heat treatment facility. In this way, we can ensure 100% of wooden pallets are reused in one capacity or another.