10 Surprising Pallet Facts You Need to Know

It’s a fact–a pallet is an indispensable object in the global economy. To honor the humble pallet, we scoured the net for some helpful and interesting facts. Some of which play a key role in meeting corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives.

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Pallets may be small, but they’re not insignificant. Knowing these surprising facts can help you meet corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives.

10 Surprising Facts

  • Did you know?  Over 95% of all wooden pallets are now recycled – a much higher recycling rate than for aluminum, paper, or plastic.
  • On March 11, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency signed into regulation language that opens the path for wood pallet residuals to be sold as wood pellet fuel.
  • Also in 2020, wood pallets received Environmental Product Declaration certification, which helps businesses fulfill corporate environmental and social responsibility initiatives. (source)
  • There are more than 2 billion pallets in service in the United States each day. Over ninety percent of these pallets are made from wood. (source)
  • Trees are generally not cut down to make pallets. The wood used for pallets is a by-product of the timber used in the construction of houses and furniture.
  • There are more trees in the United States today than there were 35 years ago and the number of new trees still increases annually (source).
  • The wood packaging industry supports more than 173,000 jobs in the U.S. (source)
  • The first patent for a pallet is from 1925 by a man named Howard T. Hallowell; rather than referring to it as a pallet, however, he called it a “Life Truck Platform.” (source)
  • The first evidence of pallets being shipped by rail can be seen in trade magazine advertisements from the 1920s. (source)
  • A Navy Supply Corps officer named Norman Cahners invented the “four-way pallet” during World War II. (source)

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