As approved suppliers to universities, colleges, and governments, your company is familiar with the public's growing commitment to environmental stewardship and its meaningful role in driving educational and business practices. We know that your company shares this commitment to reducing carbon footprints, resource usage, and waste when possible.
With that in mind, we write to invite your collaboration on an emerging technology that will advance these shared environmental goals: corrugated cardboard shipping pallets. A few reasons why this technology is preferable to conventional wooden pallets are summarized as follows.
First, corrugated pallets weigh ~80 percent less than wood pallets. Lighter pallets require less fuel for transport, thereby reducing fuel consumption. We recognize that on an individual scale, a reduction in pallet weight might not be especially impactful. Collectively, however, this weight reduction decreases fuel usage and will help reduce CO2 emissions in a meaningful way. Please see the enclosed How Corrugated Pallets Reduce Emissions document.
Second, cardboard pallets lead to fewer truck movements. Removing wood and plastic pallets from campuses and government facilities requires additional, unnecessary truck segments, adding Scope 3 emissions and undermining efforts to minimize waste. Conversely, corrugated pallets can be left in recycling bins already in place, where they are taken with other recyclables in a manner that does not require additional pallet-specific truck movements. The net effect is more recycling revenue, advancement of zero waste goals and fewer trucks.
Third, corrugated pallets are 100% recyclable. Corrugated pallets are often capable of multiple uses, but when their use is complete they are fully recyclable. Though wood pallets can be recycled, statistics indicate that all too often they end up in landfills. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, wood pallets account for 2-3% of all waste landfilled in the United States.
Fourth, corrugated pallets reduce risks to our employees. An IKEA store manager summarized the impact of IKEA's enterprise-wide switch to corrugated pallets in stating: "Paper pallets are light! This not only opened up job opportunities to a more diverse and gender balance[d] workforce in Logistics, but helped to significantly reduce back injuries in our store." Ms. Zini's full testimony before the Oregon House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development is enclosed.
For these reasons and more, we request that future palletized shipments to campuses and governmental facilities be sent on recyclable corrugated pallets whenever possible. Each pallet received by these facilities and campuses that is easy to handle, easy to recycle, and that requires fewer or no additional unnecessary truck movements for its removal / retrieval is a meaningful improvement.
Thank you for your time and your commitment to the environment.