Sustainable material handling products such as pallets and crates are necessary to move consumer and industrial goods. As more companies take a closer look at improving their sustainability practices, material handling has come under increased scrutiny. Although it is estimated that more than 90% of wooden pallets are recycled in the USA, an estimated 50% of the annual U.S. hardwood harvest is dedicated to their production.
Further, the ability to reuse plastic pallets and crates many times over is frequently cited as a reason to invest in them. Yet they too have potential drawbacks, including cost, carbon emissions and the energy required to mold each pallet.