Go Green - It doesn't have to be steel or plastic to be returnable!

Wood is renewable, recyclable, returnable, biodegradable, sustainable, and has a low carbon foot print, trees use carbon for photosynthesis.


Another factor to be considered is which product's materials are the least harmful to the environment. To that end, Mooney said the classic answer is that wood is replaceable since lumber, a renewable resource, is used in the construction of wood pallets. Petroleum, on the other hand, is a non-renewable resource that is used to create plastic pallets.


"The thing that people forget about wood is it's 100% recyclable," Hannum said.  "It's also biodegradable. Plastic isn't."


Wood pallets may be one of the most recycled products on the planet. Many recyclers buy little virgin material. They get the most they can out of each board and then turn every non-usable board into some type of byproduct.