Paper pallets, or ecopallets, are shipping or display pallets made from paperboard.
Corrugated paper pallets are a great alternative to wooden pallets for many reasons. They are much lighter weight, totally recyclable along with your cardboard boxes, and can be customized thousands of ways to fit your business’ individual needs.
Just like cardboard boxes have replaced wooden crates, corrugated paper pallets are now competitive to the first rate hardwood pallets. At Greenpack, we manufacture and distribute paper pallets, not pallets made from timber, and we are often asked about the difference in quality and effectiveness in handling the precious cargo our clients transport.
We’re going to be honest with you. If you hold out a single piece of cardboard and a piece of wood, there is no competition to the wood’s strength. However, good engineering is really about finding a way to make a given quantity of materials perform a certain function. Engineers continue to take corrugated paper and create resilient pallets of different shapes and sizes that can handle whatever you want to carry.
Some facts about Paper Pallets
- 94 percent of transported goods are moved using pallets - according to the National Wood Pallet and Container Association - with billions of pallets in circulation.
- Paper pallets are very resilient for their relative cost and weight.
- They are mostly made from recycled fiber content.
- Like cardboard boxes, paper pallets and are easily 100 percent recyclable.
- Paper pallets are OSHA compliant because they are lightweight, do not use nails or staples as fasteners, and never splinter.
- Each paper pallet weighs between 13 and 16 lbs. That’s about one-third of the weight of a wooden pallet.