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
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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 »
The plastic stretch wrap market has come along in leaps and bounds in recent years. Prior to this modern packaging method, pallet goods were predominantly protected by wood and glass-based products. Though strong, these were so rigid that they often led to damage or breakages and thus cost companies money, not to mention a huge inconvenience. Here is some more information about plastic pallet... Read More »
Reusing wooden pallets is incredibly popular these days, largely because they can be used to make so many things, from tables and toy boxes to planters and chairs. Not all wooden pallets are suitable for the job, however, and it is important to ensure that the wooden pallets you want to use are safe.
There are two main ways to make sure that the second hand wooden pallets you want to use are... Read More »
Barely noticed by most consumers, half pallets are part of a supply chain revolution, often carrying goods directly from the producer to the consumer, reducing costs and improving the reliability of supply in the process.
What Is a Half Pallet?
Generally, it's one with an area half the size of a standard pallet, but it isn’t a precise term, because the size of a standard pallet has varied... Read More »
Pallets made of wood, metal or plastic are used to ship goods both nationally and internationally. In order to be used for international trade and shipping, however, wooden pallets need to be treated. The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures 15 (known as ISPM15) sets out guidelines for the treatment of wooden pallets.
Until very recently, wooden pallets had to be either heat... Read More »
The pallet industry is a growing one - more goods are being moved around the world, and more deliveries are being made. Until recently, hardwood pallets were the wooden pallet of choice for most producers and customers, but softwood pallets are increasingly in demand.
Why Was Hardwood Considered So Good?
Traditionally, especially in the USA, hardwood has dominated the pallet manufacturing... Read More »
Once packaging just had to protect goods as they made their way along the supply chain. But today's successful wrapping materials have to be cost-effective, look good and have a minimal impact on the environment. In addition, the rise of ecommerce and online retail is presenting new challenges for materials that safeguard goods in transit, as they need to accommodate all shapes and sizes of... Read More »
What is art, except the production of something that expresses imaginative and technical skill, and something that creates beauty or an emotional impact? And what better way to express beauty than by taking something that was once useful, in a purely functional way, to create a brand new form? It’s the theory behind upcycling, the art and fashion trend that recycles the old and unwanted into... Read More »
After the sluggish world economy of the past five years, the upturn in manufacturing will see global sales in the pallet market growing by almost six per cent by the end of the decade, according to research by the advisory company Technavio.
The UK showed greater resilience than some countries throughout the economic downturn, at a time when every sector was affected. Despite a period of... Read More »
The 67th Congress of the European Federation of Wooden Pallet & Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB) was held this year in Brussels.
Delegates heard that renewable business systems are going to be at the heart of the European Union's economic policy. To underline this, FEFPEB president Rob van Hoesel gave a welcoming address in which he cited wood pallets as a leading light in renewables,... Read More »
Many businesses use wooden pallets to help with the handling of materials. They make moving and transporting goods much easier, which naturally also reduces costs. Since less manpower is required for handling items on pallets, they are widely used in industries such as construction, transport and logistics. Pallets can be re-used in industry, but there does come a time when they are no longer... Read More »
Nature’s Packaging is an initiative which has been launched to promote the environmental benefits of wood pallets and packaging over other materials. Launched in March of this year, the scheme has been designed to show that wood is a highly renewable and sustainable resource. The environmentally friendly initiative came about when the Canadian Wood Pallet & Container Association, the... Read More »
Marrakesh in Morocco was the venue chosen for the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) held between the 7th and 18th of November at Bab Ighli, Avenue Mohammed VI. The 22nd conference of nations that signed the Paris Climate Change agreement welcomed approximately 20,000 delegates from 196 countries. On the agenda are discussions regarding how the Paris agreement is to be applied.... Read More »
Upcycling is the term used to describe the activity of turning old and tired objects into a new item. It’s a trend which has really taken off in the last decade, with social media platforms like Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube making it easy for people to access tutorials and inspiration. Among some of the most popular upcycling projects are used wooden pallets, which are used to create all sorts... Read More »
Olaf Oczkos, the managing director of Paletten Report, a monthly market report sent to subscribers in Germany, observed recently that the prices for wooden pallets in Germany have been slowly decreasing during the last year. The Paletten Report compiles a price index of pallets and also provides quotations on current pricing for EPL pallets in various conditions (broken, used or new) in two... Read More »
Wooden pallets are favoured for both transportation and storage solutions by a variety of industries. They are lightweight in comparison to many materials, durable, affordable and easy to stack in order to maximise space. However, facilities that have used wooden pallets have become increasingly aware of the dangers and disadvantages of high moisture levels in wood pallets. Not only can moisture... Read More »
As the country begins to look beyond Europe for more of its trading relationships, it will certainly be the case that developments elsewhere in the world may become more important. However, the overriding factor at the moment is uncertainty about future outcomes.
There are a number of key drivers of the market in the UK that need to be taken into account. One of these is the welcome... Read More »
A recent survey by Modern Materials Handling magazine found that, even after a number of decades, pallets still occupy a driving position in the smooth and effective functioning of the contemporary warehouse and distribution centre environment. Wooden pallets remain the leader for logistics and storage solutions, but their majority share is slowly declining in the face of stiff competition from... Read More »
Pallets play a huge role in the handling industry and are used throughout the supply chain in warehouses and for transportation. There are many benefits to choosing wooden pallets for commercial warehouses - namely their environmentally friendly properties. Pallets (or "skids" as they were originally known) made from timber were first introduced in the 1920s and became widely used in the 1940s,... Read More »
Amazingly, despite the feeling we all have that the world is getting more standardised, there are no global sizing standards for pallets. Yet getting the size of the pallet right is a key component in running an effective logistics operation and in using every centimetre of warehouse space. The right size of pallet can also help reduce transport costs and make goods safer during... Read More »
Logistics is the key to the smooth and seamless running of a variety of businesses. The process ensures efficiency in terms of space, cost, and customer service, keeping businesses at the forefront of competition and innovation. Wooden pallets have been a reliable and essential component of effective business for a number of years. Within a wide variety of industries, professionals such as... Read More »
It seems that you can get almost anything delivered these days. More and more people are ordering goods to be delivered directly from warehouses and manufacturers, both as businesses and as private customers. This is good news for the pallet industry, as these goods need to be handled safely and securely so as to arrive in a good condition.
The goods being delivered, however, come in an... Read More »
A surge in manufacturing is having a positive impact on the pallet industry, especially those pallets made from wood. Experts believe that this growth could equate to a 4.9% rise by 2020, with wood pallets leading the way in this boom market.
The pallet sector is experiencing a boom thanks to a thriving manufacturing sector, according to research released by... Read More »