Wooden pallets are a natural product. But nature isn't always on our side - moulds, fungus's, bacteria and insects such as beetles and termites are all natural too. So to prevent pests and diseases spreading from one country to another as the pallets travel around the world, they must be sterilised before they are used. As companies seek to recycle wooden pallets, the problem has become even more... Read More »
In many businesses the moving and storage of goods produced are critical elements of the process, and choosing the most effective materials to be part of the supply chain can play an incredibly important role in the ultimate success of a venture. When shipping goods, buying wooden pallets is usually part of the equation for safe and efficient transport of a business's output. Choosing the right... Read More »
If you are involved in moving goods, then you may be in need of wooden pallets or have to calculate loading metres. Terms like this are common in logistics and transport, so it is a good idea to know exactly what these things are so you can use these terms confidently and efficiently.
The World of Pallets
A pallet is a commonly used device for moving and protecting all kinds of goods. It is... Read More »
A pallet is something used by manufacturers, distributors and companies to transport various types of goods and equipment. Old pallets have many different uses. Here are just a few DIY summer garden pallet ideas.
1. Wooden Pallet Benches
This is a good initial project when you are first trying out your carpentry skills. An ordinary wooden pallet can be quickly transformed into a stunning... Read More »
Recycling is big business at the moment. The media is playing a huge part - recycling is always in the news - and programmes like Blue Planet are changing the way we think about what we use and what we do with waste and packaging. There is a similar story across the pond in the US, particularly when it comes to recycling wooden pallets. People are realising how easy it is to reuse or repurpose... Read More »
Mould can take a variety of forms, and there are some so tiny they cannot be seen without a microscope. Generally mould - or the growth of fungi - is not a good thing when it comes to wood, as it can look unsightly and may even weaken the timber eventually by feeding on and breaking up its internal structure. In a business that uses a lot of wooden pallets, preventing the growth of mould is seen... Read More »
The European Pallet Associated (EPAL) lays down strict regulations governing how Euro pallets are made and their sizes. Although most pallets conform to the 1200mm x 800mm x 150mm sizing, there are in fact different Euro pallet types. Used pallets are graded according to their quality, and when you’re buying used pallets it’s important to know what the various gradings and descriptions mean.... Read More »
Two sets of standards apply to pallets that are going to be used in Europe. First of all, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) sets out the standard sizes that can be used for pallets. Then the European Pallet Association (EPAL) lays down a set of standards that govern how a pallet is built. Together these two standards ensure that when shipping Euro pallets the logistics industry can... Read More »
Space saving in the home is a key concern for many a young flat-owner or renter, especially when your floor space is limited. Wooden pallets can be re-used and have excellent vintage-industrial appeal. However, wooden pallets have the added advantage of being versatile. Wooden pallets can be upcycled into all sorts of furniture, from storage solutions to actual seating. Read on as we take a look... Read More »
You may have never considered using a wooden pallet as a creative and useful resource for an early childhood setting - but it is just that. Often found for a few pounds at a recycling centre, or even free of charge, the wooden pallet is a limitless, flexible resource that can be put to great use in a myriad of ways in any environment. Here are just a few ideas.
Reuse wooden... Read More »
When exporting or importing wooden pallets, there are strict regulations to prevent the pallets, contents, padding or dunnage providing a means for pest species to move from country to country. Having your shipment seized by customs or other agencies while en route can be an expensive business.
As you can imagine, there are many regulations around the world, many of them put in place to... Read More »
Winter can take a heavy toll on wood pallets if you do not take the necessary precautions and make the right preparations to protect them. In a perfect world, you would have large open indoor spaces in which to store all store your wood pallets. However, this is not always possible, and you will need to make the most of the outdoor space that you have by taking on board some winter pallet... Read More »
In Halifax, an enterprising pub landlord has built an entire bar out of wooden pallets. The opportunity to run this pub is available because, having closed it for a short time, the owner is now selling up and offering it on a lease for about £310 a week. It adds up to about £16000 a year for a ready-made wooden pallet bar with superb environmental credentials.
While some may feel the entire... Read More »
Brand new outdoor furniture can be pretty expensive, especially if you want to kit out your whole garden. Thankfully, it is entirely possible to kit out your whole garden without spending too much money - you just need to use pallets! You may not think it, but wooden pallets for external use are a great idea as they are so versatile.
In fact, the possibilities for pallets are endless: you... Read More »
With space at a premium in both urban and industrial areas, warehouse space is becoming more expensive. That means that every square foot needs to produce the maximum value. So warehouse efficiency and productivity are at the top of every warehouse manager’s list of concerns.
Even at the best of times, supply chain and logistics management will involve complex tasks. However, small... Read More »
Wooden pallets normally begin their journey as a form of transportation that can be used on forklifts, ships and trucks, but the pallet can also be used for much more later down the line, which is why many people want to know about cleaning wooden pallets.
After all, the simple wooden pallet can be transformed into a wide range of things, including coffee tables, seats, bunk beds,... Read More »
Wooden pallets are a common sight in many workplaces, from retail to warehousing, and they play a crucial role in the display, transport and storage of goods. However, despite their frequent and popular use in business, there are still many wooden pallet misconceptions that persist about the materials, construction methods and roles that these multi-tasking goods play in our modern economic... Read More »
If you run a packing service, you must make sure that every wooden pallet that you send out is up to standard. It is also important that your packing cases, crates, boxes and dunnage are also up to standard, but you don’t have to worry about cardboard, plywood or other packaging materials.
Making Sure That Your Wooden Pallets Are Up to Standard
Wooden pallets are one of the main... Read More »
Wooden pallets are incredibly useful for shipping goods efficiently, keeping them safe and protecting them from damage. Even better, they are a source of wood that can be repurposed for a variety of projects. From carpenters to DIY enthusiasts, many people are seeing the potential of wooden pallet projects for creating all kinds of objects and even stylish furniture for the... Read More »
Wooden pallets are such everyday objects in warehouses and logistics operations that businesses sometimes assume they’re not much of a hazard and there’s no need to worry about how they’re stored or stacked. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to accidents, damage to racking, disputed insurance claims and even health and safety prosecutions. So let’s take a look at the key methods for... Read More »
Although pallets made from wood have been around for years, the trend for environmentally friendly wooden pallets and pallets made from other recycled materials is relatively new and already growing fast. The fact is that it is entirely possible to enjoy 'greener' pallets, and there are significant benefits to the environment from doing so. Many customers are keen to invest in greener business... Read More »
We rely on wooden pallets to bring food to the supermarket and goods to our stores, but hardly notice them as items in themselves.
In Greater Napanee in Ontario, Canada, this is all changing. Pallets are being used as the ‘canvasses’ for artworks that are being displayed along the Napanee River Trail, in Conservation and Springside Parks, at the Waterfront River Pub & Terrace, and in a... Read More »
Wooden pallets have revolutionised the storage and transport of many heavy goods and are often regarded as items to dispose of in landfill or possibly recycle once their industrial life has ended. There are around two billion pallets in current use in the US alone, so finding alternative uses for these used pallets can benefit the environment. One of the most innovative ways of using pallets is... Read More »
Packaging is a huge industry, although many people do not realise it. Packaging is an essential form of transportation and the demand for packaging is increasing as the world becomes more global, especially if the packaging comprises wooden pallets.
The need for packaging
Nearly every company in the world relies on packaging, with more and more companies serving people globally rather than just... Read More »
There are literally hundreds of types of wood, which are suited to a range of purposes. Hardwoods such as mahogany, maple, oak, teak and walnut are classic examples of ancient woods often used in former times to make furniture; however, softwoods such as pine, Douglas fir, spruce and yew are used in many more applications, with pine being the most widely-grown and used wood today and often... Read More »
With pallet recycling becoming such a popular activity for hobbyists and DIYers all over the world, it only seems natural that people are beginning to find ways to outshine their fellow pallet enthusiasts. What better way to create some friendly competition than putting these creative minds up against each other and competing for a title? Joan Sheppard, along with a group of other women and... Read More »
Wooden pallets have done much to revolutionise the transport industry, making it easy to transport and store loads using mechanical handling techniques. Of course, what pallets have also done over the years is to provide DIYers with a ready source of timber for a variety of projects, from making garden planters to knocking up a dog kennel or rabbit hutch.
Until now, though, you may not have... Read More »
Upcyclers have long been a fan of the wooden pallet, seeing it as a versatile resource for building. They are now so popular that architects and designers are finding more inventive and attractive ways of using wooden pallets, from constructing family residences to creating temporary offices in high-density cities.
Wooden pallets can be used in a number of ways, including just as they are for... Read More »
Wooden pallets are ubiquitous and versatile, making them perfect for rehashing into new items such as furniture. For the DIYer looking to embark on their next craft project, wooden pallets are an invaluable resource to have to hand. Before you start transforming a wooden pallet, however, there are a few essential things to know.
Choosing a Pallet
It's vital to understand the origins of the... Read More »
The pallet has been described as the most important unit of domestic and international commerce, as it facilitates the efficient transportation of goods across the planet. Despite their significance and ubiquitousness, though, most of us seldom have neither the time nor inclination to examine them and understand their structure. In fact, when we see pallets for sale, we might assume that they are... Read More »
Summer is a great time to work on some garden projects, and some crafty upcycling means that you don't have to spend a fortune while you do it either. Simply get your hands on a pallet or two and use these versatile packing materials to re-imagine your outdoor space.
Garden ideas can be as simple or as complex as you choose. For example, you can find used wooden pallets and... Read More »
Are you preparing for a shipment and want to ensure that your shipping pallet reaches its destination safely? Here are some tips on how to package your pallets to prevent damage or loss during transit.
A Guide to Pallet Shipment
Not only does the perfect pallet ensure stability and protection, it also prevents any additional costs from mounting due to weight, volume, loss or damage. Here are... Read More »
Wrapping a pallet correctly can be tricky to achieve, especially if you are doing it manually. Here is a quick rundown of how to use pallet wrap, with advice that varies depending on the materials and tools that you have to hand.
If you have a roll of stretch wrap and you want to adopt a simple low-tech approach to wrapping, then you should start by tying wrap to the pallet... Read More »
As the summer heats up, many of us will start to dream of a garden swimming pool, or at least a plunge pool to cool down in at the end of the day. However, for most, that’s all it will be - a dream. Space, construction time and costs are all factors, as is the great British weather. Is it really practical to invest hundreds or thousands of pounds into a pool in the UK? But for the more... Read More »
Buying used wooden pallets instead of new wood for DIY and craft projects is a great way to save money and recycle. Most used pallets are made of wood that is as good as new, or at least will be after it’s seen the sander. However, due to their tough and sturdy construction, taking a pallet apart can be hard work. But depending what tools you have to hand, there are plenty of easy ways to... Read More »
ISPM 15 is an international standard that is slowly but surely becoming an international requirement for phytosanitary measures. While more than two dozen countries have already adopted the standard, a further twenty are currently implementing the changes, and another hundred have stated their intention to follow suit. This includes many European Union countries as well as the United States,... Read More »
Amazingly, wooden pallets were used for transporting goods as far back as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. So far as Western history is concerned, the first patent was filed in 1924. Although it feels like they’ve been around forever, they didn’t take off until the 1960s, at the same time as “juggernaut” lorries and container ships. Standard Euro pallets were defined in 1961.
Standard... Read More »
As with most items, when purchasing used wooden pallets it pays to be aware of potential issues. These days value for money is important, and when buying recycled wood pallets there are a few vital factors to keep in mind to ensure you get the right pallets to do the job. Not all pallets are created the same in terms of quality and performance, and noting some key differences - along with asking... Read More »
Creative people can take almost any material and come up with ways to make something useful, beautiful or both. While used wood pallets may not inspire the general populace to use their imaginations, an artist in Denmark turned wooden pallets into interactive art that is galvanising the residents of Copenhagen to rediscover some neglected corners of their city.
Big and Green
Thomas Dambo likes... Read More »
There are a number of factors that impact on the durability of wooden pallets, so the life of a standard wooden pallet can vary quite significantly. Warehouse owners will already be aware that they have the option to buy new or used wooden pallets, but do they really know all that they need to about the used wood pallet lifecycle? The lure of used pallets can be very tempting due to their... Read More »
If you are moving into a new home or are considering renovating your house or apartment, then the chances are that you are have been thinking about decor and storage. Wooden pallet upcycling is taking interior design to new levels, and the best thing is that it is cheap as chips. DIYers are coming up with new uses for second hand pallets that are both attractive and useful. Here are some creative... Read More »
Pallets are common equipment in the manufacturing industry, with one of their main uses being to enable heavy goods to be lifted by cranes or forklift trucks. During both storage and transportation, the pallets are often required to withstand a very heavy load, and therefore the strength of the wooden structures is paramount in keeping the manufacturing chain going smoothly.
Staff working in... Read More »
Murray Lehndorf’s ‘Pallet Palace’ has been named as Shed of the Year in a contest run by paint manufacturer Resene. His converted double garage stands as a testament to what can be achieved with some used wooden pallets, a bit of imagination and plenty of hard work.
The conversion of the double garage in New Zealand started in 2015, and Lehndorf and his friends created the ‘Pallet... Read More »
Young farmers have been learning about the wooden pallet industry during a tour of an agribusiness focussed on building, rebuilding and repairing pallets. The California Young Farmers Group took a tour of Sydenstricker Implements and the Willow Fork Pallet Company near Tipton as part of its annual programme of educational activities.
Knowledge on Offer
The group discovered how different... Read More »
Used wooden pallets have a variety of uses when they reach the end of their lives in the warehouse. Used pallets are particularly popular among DIYers, who have started taking it upon themselves to creatively upcycle the material and turn them into useful and attractive everyday objects. One animal rescue centre in Bagworth, UK, has taken the transformation of second hand wooden pallets to yet... Read More »
Some people have filled a couple of rooms with furniture made from wooden pallets, such as a pallet desk, pallet armchair and pallet bed base. However, others have taken it much further. In fact, they’ve elevated it into an art form.
Indian architects Mofa Studio recently won an award for a large-scale sculpture made almost entirely from gracefully stacked wooden pallets -... Read More »
There are business opportunities all around us: all it takes is the right attitude and mindset to pick up on successful money-making schemes. One person who knows much about building business is Andrew Goh, Managing Director of Taik Sin Timber Industry.
Who Is Andrew Goh?
Entrepreneur Andrew Goh started his career helping at his father's hardware store in Malaysia, which sold timber products... Read More »
An overview of the British packaging and pallet market has been revealed in the form of the results of a wood pallet and packaging survey by the Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) and the Forestry Commission.
The results were presented at the TIMCON general meeting in February, and it was revealed that around 900,000m3 of home-grown wood was used within the sector during... Read More »
Pallets have become an almost universal way of handling deliveries, allowing for ease of loading and unloading and convenient mechanical handling. The transportation of many of today’s products would be much more complex and time-consuming if it weren’t for pallets.
But if you’re shipping your goods to customers overseas, there are some rules you will need to abide by to ensure that you... Read More »
Used wooden pallets are an immense gift to creative people who love DIY projects. Whether it is on your own, with your children or with a group of friends or relatives, there are so many imaginative things you can do with used wooden pallets which can enhance your home and your life at minimal cost.
The challenge is not to come up with concepts but to look at the many ways people recycle... Read More »