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Plastic pallets and environmental awareness, everything you need to know

12/10/2017
Carbon Footprint Q-PALL

When choosing pallets, you first look at what you need the pallet for and what function is required for this. You also have the choice between a wooden pallet and a plastic pallet. This choice is increasingly associated with environmentally conscious business. Corporate social responsibility is an important theme to more and more companies. What is the place of plastic pallets in this? We discuss everything you want to know about plastic pallets and environmental awareness.

Carbon Footprint

The environment is an important theme. We are becoming increasingly aware of our impact on the environment and the resulting climate changes. CO2 emissions, or carbon, play an important role in this. CO2 is the most important greenhouse gas emitted by humans. The CO2 footprint or Carbon footprint is a measure for CO2 emissions through the use of fossil fuels in traffic, aviation, production of electricity, heating, etc. Many companies have had greenhouse gases as a topic for quite some time. Greenhouse gas emissions affect the climate of the earth, on land, at sea, and in the air. To get a good picture of the environmental impact of plastic pallets, it has been decided to calculate the carbon footprint of these products. To determine the carbon footprint, the carbon dioxide equivalents needed to produce a pallet, expressed in kilogrammes (kg CO2 eq.), are calculated. Most CO2 emissions result from the extraction of raw materials, transport, and the production of end products.

Carbon Footprint and Q-Pall

Q-Pall is aware of its environmental impact. After all, the future of the environment determines the future of the earth, and therefore its people. Moreover, the carbon footprint is becoming an ever more important decision parameter for companies which want to compare products, in addition to criteria such as price and quality. Of course, this also plays a role in plastic pallets. Q-Pall uses the results of the carbon footprint analysis for plastic pallets as a baseline measurement and starting point for improving the environmental performance of its products. Innovation is important, also in the development of new types of pallets. An eye for sustainability certainly plays a major role in this. Through strict design objectives for energy and material efficiency, Q-Pall wants to minimise its greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) documents are available for all types of plastic pallets.

Reuse is sustainable

If CSR is an important part of your business operations, then you may opt for used pallets. Reusing pallets minimises the waste of raw materials; an important consideration for sustainable business. This makes the choice for a used plastic pallet a logical one. When you reuse plastic pallets, you have less impact on the environment. This may be something to consider with your choice for used pallets. Used pallets are available in various models and types. 

Would you like to know more about plastic pallets in relation to environmental awareness? Or do you have any other questions regarding our range and the possibilities? Please feel free to contact us for more information. We are happy to help you with personalised advice!