Environmental Benefits of Wood-Use for Pallets

Did You Know: Environmental Benefits of Wood-Use for Pallets

Wooden pallets have many environmental benefits and are very sustainable compared to other types of pallets. Wood is the only 100% renewable, recyclable and reusable material available. The planting and harvesting of trees for pallet production contributes to the local economy, employs thousands, and is good for the environment. Read more from the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association.

Penn State Study: Are Wooden Plastic Pallets More Eco-Friendly?

Penn State Study: Are Wooden Plastic Pallets More Eco-Friendly?

With the amount of wooden pallets in production and in use across the US, Penn State researchers knew the importance of discovering whether they were an environmentally acceptable product. According to their findings, wooden pallets have a much smaller carbon footprint than plastic pallets, even when considering heat treating and pest control.  Read the full article from Penn State News.

First Ever PCR for Wooden Pallets

First Ever PCR for Wooden Pallets

Today, UL announces the publication of the first-ever Product Category Rules (PCR) for wooden pallets. The PCR is used to benchmark the environmental impacts of wooden pallets, and sets a new precedence for life cycle assessments for pallets made from other materials, like plastic, metal or cardboard. The PCR was sponsored by NWPCA in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Lab. This PCR for wooden pallets is now a publicly available standard, and must be taken into consideration for developing EPDs for pallets made from other materials. Read the full announcement and related links.

Cool ideas for Pallet Upcycling

You’ve probably seen some pallet wood projects—they’re all the rage right now! DIYers have come up with thousands of ways to recycle used pallets into stunning pieces of art, furniture, etc. It seems that everyone is finding new ways to rip pallets apart and put the pieces back together to create something new.

While we’re definitely huge fans of using pallets for their intended purpose and recycling old ones, we also love a good pallet wood DIY! Here are a few of our favorite upcycles:

Pallet Wood Headboard

This is such a cool way to use natural wood in your room. It adds some rustic flair, but is surprisingly versatile! The pictured headboard has been painted and distressed, but a solid coat of paint, a good stain, or even bare wood would create completely different looks to the headboard.

Pallet Wood End Table

This end table is genius. It’s simple and clean, and the finish is beautiful (and probably weather resistant). Upcycling used pallet wood into furniture is a great way to go. This wood is sturdy and weathered already. Choose a finish that’ll fit your home, and you’ll have an eye-catching, one of a kind piece!

Pallet Wood Accent Wall

We’ve seen this done many different ways, in many different locations. Bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms all sport a pallet wood accent wall beautifully. This is an inexpensive upgrade with huge impact! Adding an accent wall of pallet wood is simple, straightforward, and quick, but it will look like a million bucks.

As you can tell, we love pallets. New and used, reconditioned or specially designed, they’re the workhorses of the shipping industry. Over the past few years though, they’ve also been recognized for their beauty and versatility. It’s great to see everyone’s creativity. Grab some pallets and try a project this weekend! You won’t be disappointed.