There are still relatively few companies that show their commitment with sustainability and the environment, but those that care for the planet have managed to produce long-lasting products and savings on the use of raw materials and energy consumption.
Plastic is a 100% recyclable material and its reuse allows to obtain innovative materials and products with high added value. In fact, recycled plastic is the most suitable material for preserving food.
Apart from this, its light weight converts it into the most sustainable material when it comes to transport. The number of journeys required to transport the same number of products is reduced considerably, with the subsequent saving on fuel and CO2 emissions.
As a result, prohibiting plastics and forsaking the advantages and benefits that this material offers society is not an effective solution for reducing waste. The solution resides in raising awareness: avoiding single-use plastic and make sure products, not only plastic, do not end up in the environment.
The well-known 3 Rs of ecology –reduce, reuse and recycle– is everyone’s responsibility. Plastics are recyclable materials that contribute to Circular Economy, so using recycled plastic in your distribution chain will benefit both your company and the environment.
To counteract the misleading information about this material, several organisations working in alliance with Circular Economy set into motion a campaign called #WeLovePlastics or #DoNotBlamePlastics and launched an infographic of good practices, with the aim of explaining the benefits of making good use of this material.
HDPE Plastic racking Pallet
In general, the standard pallet is 48”x 40” with a rackable max load of 2,800 lbs. In recent years, there's also been a shift from “stringer” to “block” style pallet. Block pallets are proven to be safer, hold more weight and more durable. There are three common types of pallets: wood, plastic and metal, all with their own set of pros and cons.
Facing this serious problem, new trends have appeared which prevent that plastic will end up as another waste product in the environment. These trends are directly related with Circular Economy, which aims to ensure that the value of the products, materials and natural resources is maintained for as long as possible.
In other words, the purpose of the Circular Economy model is to lengthen the lives of products to the maximum in order to reduce the amount of waste. Plastic should never end up as waste in the environment. It is a material that can be recovered by recycling and to make that possible, appropriate and precise management is required.
HDPE Plastic racking Pallet offer many advantages. Since plastic pallets are stronger and more durable, they have a much longer lifespan than traditional wooden pallets. Plastic pallets are much less likely to obtain damage from dropping, shipping or inclement weather. They are not prone to rotting as wooden pallets are and provide a much less expensive alternative to wooden pallets over time.
The most important advantage of a plastic pallet is the durability of the material over wood. In addition to their durability, plastic pallets also have the advantage of accommodating different types of goods within the same pallet. Most plastic pallets will include dividers of various sizes, allowing the pallet to be adapted to different types of goods.
They are immune to insect contamination; therefore pests cannot penetrate the plastic and infest fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and fish.
They do not absorb pathogens or harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria.
They do not require fumigation or heat treatment, which also make wood pallets more susceptible to the presence of mold and other toxins.
They can be easily sanitized by washing before re-use.
They do not have loose or protruding rusty nails or splinters, which can puncture and contaminate packaged foods. Wood pallets typically have 150 nails in each pallet.
They have embedded Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, which enable organizations to immediately identify contaminated shipments, limit the spread of food-borne illness and facilitate product safety recalls.