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Katie Pumphrey

Katie Pumphrey
27 September 2022

Sustainable Pallet Containment – Transportation and Storage

The need for sustainable packaging.

As the huge shift in e-commerce continues to rise, businesses are looking for alternative ways to package deliveries in order to reduce single-use plastics and waste. Did you know that back in 2021, the volume of eco-friendly packaging used worldwide reached 31.5 million tonnes?

Governments worldwide are implementing changes to encourage the use of sustainable packaging. The UK has announced that businesses will now have to foot the bill on the full cost of waste, as a new tax will be implemented to help reduce unsustainable plastic packaging.

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But what makes packaging sustainable?

In a nutshell, sustainable packaging is any eco-friendly material used to ship, protect and store your products.

For example, if you are looking to secure pallets in storage and during shipping, our paper strapping is an ideal alternative to plastic strapping and is made from sustainably sourced paper, is 100% recyclable and also compostable.

Polypropylene and polyester strapping is made from more than 98% recycled content and although it is 100% recyclable it does require responsible waste management.

What is pallet containment?

A pallet is a transportable rigid platform that is used to transport goods, made from plastic, timber or metal. They are often used in warehouse facilities to improve operational efficiencies, allowing the easy movement of stacked products. Pallet containment is the securing or containing of stacked products on pallets to enable safe transportation of these goods. Not all pallet containment is considered sustainable and there is increased pressure on UKs supply chain to reduce single-use packaging and transition to a more sustainable operation.

The different types of Timber Pallets

There are several options to choose from when you are looking to ship your products, new and used pallets are an ideal option. Our Timber Pallets are made from sustainable sources and are reusable, enabling them to be used many times to reduce single-use packaging. We have different sizes of pallets available including half euro size 800x600mm, euro size 1200x800mm and standard pallets 1200x1000mm.

Plastic Pallet Boxes:

For an eco-friendly way to ship your products, returnable and Reusable Plastic Pallet Boxes are the perfect option. Made from recycled plastic, a folding plastic pallet box can be reused again and again then recycled when they come to the end of their life. We supply them flat packed, avoiding bulky delivery which reduces your carbon footprint. We can also add printing to show your sustainability credentials and your brand to help raise awareness of your corporate environmental efforts.

Cardboard Pallet Boxes:

Our Cardboard Pallet Boxes are an ideal option. These are manufactured with paper from a sustainable source, using 70% recycled paper. A cardboard pallet box can either be used again or recycled once they have been used, helping to reduce your single use plastic consumption.

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Who uses pallet containment?

Every business in the UK that moves palletised goods internally within their operation or when shipping to the customer will need a pallet containment solution.

Sustainable pallet containment solutions are ideal for large online retailers such as Amazon, BooHoo and The Hut Group. Department stores operating throughout the UK with an online presence and physical stores such as John Lewis, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. UK-wide supply chain organisations such as Bunzl, NHS and Bidfood. Digital media companies such as Sky, Sony and BT Openreach. Third-party logistics and distribution such as DHL, Unipart Group and Royal Mail. Global manufacturers such as Land Rover Jaguar, JCB and Rolls Royce Aerospace. UK food retailers such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and M&S. Pharmaceutical manufacturers such as GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer UK.

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Choosing the correct solution for you

Understanding the different types of pallet containment solutions and how they will benefit your business is essential. Here are some options;

Returnable Pallet Containment – P.C. Net™

Our P.C. Net™ Pallet Nets solution will help your company become more efficient, effective and environmentally friendly, plus, this is a great alternative to stretch wrap.

It only takes you having to re-use a P.C. Net™ 80 times before it starts saving you money as they can be reused time and again for 3 to 5 years depending on the application.

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The P.C. Net™ is a reusable solution, eliminating the need to re-wrap your goods once products are removed from a pallet. Watch our video below to see how easy they are to apply.


How to secure a pallet with a P.C. Net

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Along with our P.C. Net™ range, we are a manufacturer of Pallet Net Storage Racks, keeping reusable pallet nets clean, safe and easily accessible.

NanoStretch™ Pallet Wrap

If you are looking to reduce your plastic consumption, find out more about our NanoStretch™ high performance pallet wrap. With the new plastic tax charges enforced by the UK government, making the switch to NanoStretch™ pallet wrap is a great way to save on pallet wrapping costs. NanoStretch™ is a high performance machine pallet wrap that uses high tech polymers, produced at lower temperatures to achieve a greater holding force and puncture resistance, ensuring security to transport goods to customers whilst reducing plastic waste.

Cutting single-use plastic: case study

A major manufacturer of electric motor technology transitioned to NanoStretch™ wrap and was able to reduce wrapping costs by over 30% and cut single-use plastic by 53% per year, this equates to over 4000kg reduction. Seek the benefits from implementing NanoStretch wrap into your sustainability strategy:

  • Consistent holding force performance
  • Reducing plastic waste by 60%
  • Cutting wrapping costs by 50%
  • 100% recyclable.

Want to see how a product works and discover how it can it be implemented into your business?

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Pallet Strapping

A great way for securing your pallets is the PalletPAL™ Hook and Loop Reusable Load Straps. This option is an easy to use, adjustable pallet strap with a hook and loop fastening. Switching to a PalletPAL™ Hook and Loop Reusable Load Strap will reduce cost compared to standard pallet wrap.

If you would like more information about pallet strapping, read How to: Secure different types of pallets with the PalletPAL™.

Paper Strapping

Our PaperStrap™ is 100% recyclable, and ready to strap, bundle and secure your pallets. Transitioning to Paper Strapping couldn’t be easier, offering an environmentally sustainable alternative to your conventional plastic strapping, eliminating the need for single-use plastic.

Plus, our STB71 Strapex Automatic Strapping Tool will improve efficiency for any strapping applications, speeding up the strapping process and reducing the health and safety risks of manual strapping.

Using a Pallet Probe provides a safe, simple yet innovative solution to strapping pallets and can be used with either paper strapping.

If you would like to understand more about PaperStrap™ read Paper Strapping: A Direct Alternative For Plastic Strapping.

Cardboard Sheets and Layer Pads

Our Corrugated Cardboard Sheets can be used to hold products together on a pallet. These come in a range of sizes, styles and thicknesses. If you are looking to prevent or reduce damage in transit or protect items when stacking, the Layer Pad is the perfect solution.

Our Product Specialist Katie Pumphrey is here to help you make the transition to a more Sustainable Pallet Containment.

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