We know the dangers of global warming. In 2020 alone, we have exceeded the most named storms on record. And the extent of western wildfires have been an unprecedented climate change-fueled events. It takes between 20-200 years for 65-80% of CO2 to dissolve into the ocean. It takes hundreds and thousands of years to remove the rest of the CO2 from the atmosphere.
Companies are responding to the growing urgency in reducing CO2 emissions. For example, companies committing to lowering CO2 emissions include 3M, AkzoNobel, Anheuser-Busch InBev, ASICS, Burberry, Chanel, Estee Lauder, General Mills, Ikea, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, Keurig Dr Pepper, Mars, Nestle, New Balance Athletics, Nike, P&G, Panasonic Corporation, PepsiCo, Radio Flyer, Ralph Lauren Corporation, Sony, Target Corporation, Unilever, Walmart, and many, many more are committing to reaching carbon-neutral portfolios by 2050.
Based on the EPA Waste Reduction Model, this Carbon Calculator helps purchasers justify using wooden pallets by indicating how much carbon they’re taking out of the environment and even equating it to cars taken off the road.
Now companies can quantify CO2 savings with recycled wood pallets through the Natures Packaging Carbon Calculator. The calculator is backed by a UL validated Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
NWPCA’s Environmental Product Declaration for U.S. Wooden Pallets
This new EPD provides information about wood pallets’ life-cycle environmental impact, according to the international standard ISO 14025. EPDs are used in many applications, including green public procurement (GPP). The NWPCA EPD speaks to the quantitative impact wooden pallets have on the environment beyond their reusable, recyclable and biodegradable qualities, and solidifies wood pallets as the clear sustainable choice for supply chains across industries.
This EPD is the first of its kind across all pallet and distribution packaging products. It establishes wooden pallets as a leader of environmental stewardship and provides you, the end user, with a way to measure your own impacts when it comes to pallet usage.
Wooden pallets are sustainable, making them preferred over plastic pallets. And wooden pallets are the most customizable packaging solution on the market today.