Wooden pallets are sustainable and eco-friendly. Wooden pallets in the US now have a certified Environmental Product Declaration, a report that provides transparency into the ways in which a product, throughout its lifecycle, affects the environment. Certified EPDs have been reviewed by a third party to verify that the information is accurate. In this guide, we’ll discuss EPD certification and what it means for pallet providers and customers.
After much anticipation, wooden pallets have achieved a certified EPD to disclose their environmental impacts in a robust, transparent way. In an industry-first, the Pallet Foundation and the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) have unveiled an environmental product declaration (EPD) for wooden pallets produced in the US. EPDs provide specific information about the environmental impact of products for clients through independent certification.
This form of EPD, which is an industry average EPD for wooden pallets was established in the US in July 2020. This EPD is a pioneer in the packaging and distribution industry and provides useful information about the environmental impact of the life cycle of wooden pallets, offering detailed data from every phase of development, use, and disposal.
It is important to note that only members of the NWPCA can display the UL mark. As the EPD is industry-wide, providers that promote the EPD for wooden pallets should make it clear that their pallets are part of the industry EPD and not specific products.
The environmental product declaration for wooden pallets is groundbreaking news for pallet suppliers and their customers. The EPD is based on an in-depth analysis of the life cycle of wooden pallets and the impact pallet production, distribution, disposal, and usage have on the environment. Extensive research has been undertaken to approve the EPD and the certification marks an important step forward for those who want to supply and use more sustainable, environmentally-friendly pallets in the US.
The pallet industry has endeavored to champion and promote the environmental benefits of using wooden pallets, but there has never been formal certification to support claims. Now, with the EPD for wooden pallets certified by the UL, suppliers, and customers are able to gain a better insight into the environmental impacts of pallets.
The EPD for wooden pallets in the US is underpinned by a stringent, detailed Life Cycle Assessment, the first of its kind within the packaging and distribution sector. The assessment measures the impact at every stage of the pallet’s life, from producing new pallets, transportation, and distribution to recycling and reconditioning pallets and end-of-life treatment.
The Life Cycle Assessment shows that new pallet production has the highest global warming potential (GWP) score, accounting for over 90% of the GWP of the entire life cycle. Manufacturing is the most significant contributor, with most greenhouse gases generated by sawing and drying the wood. Reconditioning and remanufacturing have a much less significant impact contributing just 7.5% of the total life cycle GWP. The assessment reveals that effective recycling can have a negative GW effect, removing carbon from the atmosphere.
The findings of the Life Cycle Assessment underline the importance and potential impact of modifying practices to reduce emissions during the production of new pallets and to ensure that recycling initiatives are used as widely as possible. Further information about the Life Cycle Assessment is available to view at http://palletcentral.uberflip.com/i/1310254-life-cycle-assessment-of-wooden-pallet-production/0?. The table at the link below shows the potential for reducing carbon emissions by using wooden pallets:
One of the most fundamental benefits of the EPD for wooden pallets is the opportunity for customers to make decisions about how they distribute and transport products. Eco shipping is an environmentally friendly means of transporting goods, which reduces carbon emissions and utilizes innovative technology and sustainable materials to move products quickly, safely, and efficiently while also protecting the planet. With the new EPD for US wooden pallets, customers can enjoy peace of mind that they are making eco-friendly decisions by buying recycled and recyclable wooden pallets. As more and more businesses strive to achieve carbon-neutral status, pallet suppliers can help companies to hit targets and prioritize social and environmental responsibilities.
At PalletOne, we pride ourselves on offering our customers tailored, eco-friendly solutions. All our pallets are 100% recyclable and so far, we have produced over 15.5 million pallets for reuse, saving almost 1.4 million tons of CO2 emissions.
In a groundbreaking step for the packaging and distribution industry, a new environmental product declaration (EPD) has been published for US wooden pallets. This certification verifies that the information in the EPD is accurate, to provide transparency into the environmental impacts of pallets.
If you have any questions about EPD certification for wooden pallets, or you’d like to discuss eco-friendly solutions for your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch with PalletOne today.
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