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Light-weight, corrugated cardboard pallets

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A corrugated cardboard pallet as a robust but light-weight alternative to traditional wooden pallets
In Use – This particular corrugated board pallet is currently available in New Zealand

Benefits
Packaging Reduction, Storage and Transport efficiency

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Corrugated

Relevant Packaging Formats
Pallets

Supply Chain Phase
Packing, Recovery

Details

This range of corrugated board pallets is between 25-50% of the weight of a traditional timber pallet. The pallets are made from multiple layers of corrugated board which are glue laminated together to provide strength and performance. The design can be customised to achieve specific required load requirements. The top and bottom decks are separated by nine bonded layers, also manufactured from corrugated board, designed to facilitate 4-way entry by forklifts and jiffy trolleys.

The corrugated board is manufactured from a combination of recycled fibre and virgin fibre. The pallet is fully recyclable once it has reached the end of its useful life.
The pallet has a low moisture content, which leads to less product damage through moisture absorption, and  it is also shock absorbent making it particularly suitable for electrical equipment and components and products packaged in glass.
This particular corrugated pallet is manufactured by doubleEco™ from New Zealand.
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

As well as being lighter in weight than traditional wooden pallets the manufacturers claim this solution has a lower carbon footprint. The lower weight contributes to efficiency gains during distribution and also makes the pallet easier for manual handling where required.
The manufacturers list a number of potential benefits
  • Low moisture content, leading to less product damage (especially cans and metal or electronic components)
  • Full recyclable at end of life
  • No need for fumigation (no potential to harbour pests).

This is only one example of paper and board pallets. Reviewers interested in this entry are encouraged to search both REID and the wider Internet for other suppliers of paper pallets.

Intellectual Property

doubleEco Limited has a patent pending (NZ 568346)

Consultant View

This range of paper pallets represents a useful alternative to traditional wooden pallets. However, their most useful attribute is perhaps in terms of the weight reduction of the new pallets of up to 80% when compared with similar wooden alternatives.  This weight reduction should yield important benefits in increasing load weight capacity in transit with consequent reduction in CO2 impacts.  The light weight of these pallets will also permit optimization of loads especially for heavier product groups such as liquids.  However, it should be borne in mind that many industries are currently geared up to deal with wooden pallets, especially pallet exchange or "pool" pallets, and as such this alternative may not be acceptable to industry players as it adds complexity to their existing supply chain operations.

This is only one example of paper and board pallets. For example, see the REID entry entitled “Light weight paper pallets”. Reviewers interested in this entry are encouraged to search both REID and the wider Internet for other suppliers of paper pallets.

Contacts and Further Information

doubleEco
P O Box 39082
Wellington Mail Centre
Wellington
New Zealand
Tel: +64 (0)21 821 825
 Email: trevor@doubleEco.co.nz
www.doubleEco.co.nz

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