Wooden Pallets Vs Plastic Pallets

As the logistics industry develops, people’s long-standing love for wooden pallets has truly ended. Compared to wooden pallets, plastic pallets can save you up to Hundreds of thousands of dollars. over ten years. Plastic pallets are lighter than wooden ones and can nest, saving you shipping costs. They are durable and sturdy, made in one piece. Plastic pallets can last up to 10 years or more and are reusable; unlike wooden pallets that last for about a dozen trips, they typically last for about 300. Plastic pallets offer easier manual handling, are easy to clean, and hygienic. Responsible solutions, our pallets are made from 90% recycled plastic, which can be recycled at the end of their life. Plastic pallets are more reliable in automation and, in the long run, investing in new plastic pallets instead of new wooden pallets will pay off.

Scenario A: You buy new plastic pallets. You purchase 500 new heavy-duty plastic pallets at $40 each. Their lifespan is 5 years, with 10% replacement during this time. Your total cost will be $220,000 minus $20,000, which is their recycling value at the end of their life. Total cost: $20,000.

Scenario B: You buy new wooden pallets. You buy 500 new wooden pallets at $20 each. Your initial expenditure is $100,000, but you may replace about 35% yearly due to damage. Total cost: $275,000.

Therefore, buying plastic pallets can save you $75,000 over five years. In the same situation, over ten years, replacing 20% of the pallets, the total plastic cost is $220,000 and the total wood cost is $450,000, a total difference of $230,000. However, these scenarios do not consider costs related to product losses due to pallet failure, stuck automation equipment, debris, and cleaning of damaged wooden pallets.

What about used wooden pallets?

With the ongoing shortage of wood, some customers have turned to using old wooden pallets. High demand and low availability. Used wooden pallets are cheaper than heavy-duty ones, but they also face a range of challenges, not to mention a shorter lifespan than new ones. The price of used wooden pallets is about $5 to $7. This is the same as the price of new Nestable plastic pallets, but why make the switch?

Benefits of switching from old wooden pallets to new nestable plastic pallets: Used wooden pallets and new nestable plastic pallets are the same price. New nestable plastic pallets are always available in large quantities. New nestable plastic pallets are lighter, easier to handle and pick up, and safer for your staff to use due to their nestable properties. New nestable plastic pallets take up less space in your warehouse. A whole truck of old wooden pallets will contain about 450, while a whole truck of nestable pallets will be close to 1500. Old wooden pallets are stacked in 18 layers, while new nestable plastic pallets are stacked in 55.

When you receive an order for old wooden pallets, there is always a certain proportion of goods that need to be rejected due to damage; this is not the case with new nestable plastic pallets. New nestable pallets are very clean and easy to maintain and keep clean. No matter how you look at it, buying plastic pallets instead of wooden pallets will save you money.

Plastic pallets save on transportation costs.

Plastic pallets are lighter than wooden pallets. A typical plastic pallet weighs about 22 kg, while a wooden pallet weighs about 40 kg. With fuel costs at an all-time high, reducing pallet weight means significant fuel cost savings when shipping goods by road, sea, or air. Nestable plastic pallets have the additional design advantage of stacking neatly together, saving valuable space in trucks or warehouses when empty.

Plastic pallets are durable and sturdy.

Compared to weaker wooden pallets, plastic pallets are more robust and reliable. Plastic pallets have no inherent weaknesses, thanks to their one-piece construction. However, wooden pallets are more prone to damage. When wood shrinks over time, nails and slats can become loose. Wood can also splinter and break, damaging products and goods in transit or storage, and posing health and safety issues for operators. When it comes to manual handling, they are lighter, making them a safer choice for your workplace and employees. Of course, wooden pallets can warp, jam, or break if mishandled, causing damage to machines and personnel.

Plastic pallets are easy to clean.

In industries where hygiene is crucial, such as food and pharmaceuticals, plastic pallets are the best choice. Wood is naturally porous and can absorb moisture over time, leading to mold accumulation. This means that the spread of fungal spores is more likely to contaminate perishable products than to spread to consumers. Cleaning wooden pallets is both difficult and expensive. Any repaired, remanufactured, or refurbished wooden pallets must be recycled to show they meet ISPM 15 standards. Plastic pallets are easy to disinfect, cannot absorb water that could lead to fungal contamination, and do not require ISPM 15 certification.

We use existing valuable plastic resources to create the next wave of plastic pallets. The manufacturing process is also more environmentally friendly than that of wooden pallets. One ton of recycled plastic can reduce about 2 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, 5,774 kWh of energy, 16.3 barrels of oil, 98 million BTUs of energy, and 22 cubic meters of landfill. We are committed to driving the circular economy and helping customers create sustainable supply chains.

We aim to provide customers with quality products that offer high performance, and long-term cost savings, and are also beneficial to the planet. Contact one of our teams now. With decades of expertise, our team can find the right pallet solution for your logistics needs, whatever they may be.