Wooden pallets have a significantly lower carbon footprint than plastic pallets during their life cycle. Wood pallets are the better choice across the board when considering:
- Ozone layer depletion
- Ecotoxicity to global warming
- Non-renewable energy
And now, you can quantify how much your company saves CO2 emissions per month, and its equivalent number of cars taken off the road.
Through our participation with Natures Packaging and the National Wooden Pallet & Container Associaton (NWPCA), Greenway Products & Services can offer you a simple Carbon Calculator to monitor how much CO2 you save per month.
Enter the number of pallets reused, recycled, and saved from landfills per month into the calculator, and generate your environmental savings. For example, if you recycle 1,000 pallets a month, you prevent 5.62 metric tons of CO2 emissions from escaping into the atmosphere – an equivalent of taking 19 cars off the road each month.
At Greenway Products & Services, we recycle 4,160,000 wood pallets per year, which prevents 116,979 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 399,152 cars off the road! This makes a significant contribution in fighting climate change.
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.
- Carbon Calculator Tool
- Environmental Product Declaration home
- Environmental Product Declaration transparency summary
- Environmental Product Declaration (full report)
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Nature’s Packaging®
- Pallet Design System software
- Pallet Foundation
- Penn State Study on wooden and plastic pallets
- Product Category Rule Guidance for Wooden Pallets, UL Environment Standard
- UL environment
Greenway Products & Services, LLC is the largest pallet remanufacturer and recyclers in NY, NJ, PA, MD, and DE. We also accept scrap wood from our customers that we turn into valuable resources. Greenway is a highly rated, full-service pallet management company. Contact us for a quote today at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website, greenwaypsllc.com or call us at 732-442-0200. We can deliver trailers to you on a moment’s notice throughout the NY-NJ-PA-MD-DE area.