Wooden vs Plastic vs Cardboard Pallets

When deciding on which pallet to use for your good’s transportation, it can become overwhelming trying to decide which pallet will best suit your product’s circumstance. In this short article, we go through three types of pallets, their advantages and disadvantages, to allow you to be able to make the right decision on which one will best suit the transportation of your product.

Wooden pallets, plastic pallets and cardboard pallets all provide benefits in their own way, although, it’s important to be mindful of your specific product and the disadvantages that a certain type of pallet may have on your good.

1. Wooden Pallets

Advantages Disadvantages
Cheap Ability to be susceptible to bacteria
Strong Able to develop fungus if the pallet is kept damp for long periods of time
Versatile Heavier than plastic or cardboard pallets
Often reliable More difficult to clean and keep sanitary
Easily accessible Can be more hazardous to handle (i.e screws & nails)
In case of damage, can be easily repaired Requires more maintenance than the other types of pallets
Recyclable
Widely available

2. Plastic Pallets

Advantages Disadvantages
Recyclable Difficult to repair
Strong More expensive
Longer life-span When burned, plastic pallets release toxic gases
Chemical resistant
Unaffected by different weather conditions
Easily stored and stacked
Easy maintenance

3. Cardboard Pallets

Advantages Disadvantages
Strong May arrive deformed if exposed to large amounts of pressure
Lightweight, easy for packing and unloading Not weather safe
Easily destroyed and recyclable Not ideal for packing heavy weight products
Affordable Not very durable, and is best for one-time use only
Higher capability for implementing design (e.g. for branding)
Widely available

For more information, get in touch with the CMTP team today to discuss which pallet would best suit your product or good.

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