The wood we use to make pallets and packaging is harvested from sustainably managed forests. As demand for products made from wood increases, more forests are planted. The size of managed forests in Europe is growing by an area the size of Cyprus every year
Forests act as huge carbon sinks. As the trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – approximately one tonne of carbon dioxide for one cubic metre of wood produced. The wood continues to store this carbon throughout until the end of its life.
Pallets and packaging are manufactured from small logs and ‘falling boards’, which form part of a ‘cascade’ system. This is highly efficient and sees every part of a harvested tree used.
Wooden pallets can be repaired easily with replacement timber, or they can be recycled into wood chips or used to manufacture further products. When wood eventually reaches the end of its useful life, it can be used as a renewable fuel.
Wood can be used to substitute many less environmentally friendly products, notably plastics. Wood requires far less energy and is far cleaner to produce than plasic, for example. Timber also has a short carbon cycle, compared with products made from petrochemicals.
Vitally, wood is he only widely used material that has a beneficial effect on carbon footprint. A wooden pallet absorbs and stores approximately 27kg of carbon from the atmosphere as it grows, reducing the overall carbon footprint of the business that is using it.