Life Cycle Analysis Underscores Environmental Challenges of Plastic Pallets

By Chaille Brindley
Date Posted: 4/1/2010

Over the last few years, a number of pallet companies have used Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) to gauge the green credentials of various materials and systems. As expected, the results tend to favor the sponsor of the research. A recent study conducted by CHEP, the leading U.S. wood pallet pooler, showed some surprising results. CHEP’s 2009 Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) analysis results released in March 2010 showed some improvements of white wood pallets compared to both pooled wood and plastic although the results pointed to pooled wood (especially CHEP) as the most environmentally preferable and sustainable option.

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