Who We Are

Change the Pallet educates and advocates with respect to lightweight, recyclable corrugated shipping pallets to reduce waste, carbon emissions, and worker injuries. Change the Pallet has received national recognition in raising awareness to this game-changing technology since its launch in 2015. Change the Pallet is the lead initiative of Oregon-based Forward Edge Initiative, a 501(c)(3) social justice advocacy. 

Our vision is a U.S. market that is open to lightweight, recyclable corrugated pallets.

Our mission is to reduce carbon emissions. Massively. In pursuit of our mission, we aim to increase awareness about the availability and effectiveness of cardboard pallets and their many environmental benefits. This includes shining a light on prohibitive retailer policies that effectively close the market to a technology proven to reduce emissions, waste and worker injuries, as well as assisting all interested parties in overcoming these policies.

Our nonprofit status reflects our commitment to the public good, not the bottom line. Change the Pallet does not produce corrugated pallets, or promote any given product or producer. Rather, we advocate on behalf of cardboard pallet technology in general, for its proven ability to reduce carbon emissions, waste, and worker injuries.

Our initiatives have placed us in front of city, state, and federal representatives, public and private sector sustainability leaders, numerous environmental agencies and organizations, as well as college and university presidents, administrators, and campus environmental groups. Currently, we are focused on our national university campaign calling on suppliers (e.g., Office Depot, Nike, Dell, Apple, Kimberly Clark, etc.) and Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) to ship to campuses on recyclable, corrugated pallets. No matter the initiative, our goal remains constant: triggering systemic change.

Our partners are a humbling reminder of the importance of our work. Leading sustainability voices have attached their names and sterling reputations to our efforts, including:

  • Mr. Roger Ballentine - President of Green Strategies, Change the Pallet’s lead advisor served President Clinton as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives. He is a force in fighting climate change globally.

  • Connect4Climate - Change the Pallet is deeply honored to be a Knowledgeable Partner of this prestigious project of the World Bank. Connect4Climate takes on climate change by empowering people to act through its powerful global platform. Connect4Climate published an article we wrote on their website: http://bit.ly/c4cpallet

  • AASHE - Change the Pallet is a member of The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which gives voice to students and administrators, and accelerates the scaling of technologies and strategies to reduce emissions and waste. 

  • ICLEI - Change the Pallet works closely with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, a global nonprofit that develops strategies for cities to reduce emissions and reach their sustainability goals. ICLEI published an article we wrote on their website: http://bit.ly/icleipallet

Our promise is to work with integrity and passion to create positive, systemic change and reduce carbon emissions massively.


Our History

MAY 2015

SUMMER 2015

FALL 2015

  • Began advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and Salem, OR.

  • Began working with Oregon State Representative Julie Parrish on what was to become Oregon House Bill 4089 (HB 4089).

December 2015

OCTOBER 2015 – JANUARY 2016

  • Change the Pallet worked with members of the Oregon House on HB 4089.

JANUARY 2016

  • Executive Director Adam Pener invited to brief officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the Pentagon on behalf of Change the Pallet.

  • Oregon HB 4089 introduced, receiving strong bi-partisan support from 36 cosponsors in the House.

  • New Change the Pallet video released, receiving over 18k views and bringing significant attention to Change the Pallet and Oregon HB 4089.

FEBRUARY 2016

  • Hearings take place in the Oregon House for HB 4089.

  • Alessandra Zini, IKEA Portland Store Manager gives her testimony in support of Oregon HB 4089.

  • Wood pallet lobby sends 8 lobbyists to Oregon in an attempt to kill HB 4089.

  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown directs Oregon Department of Corrections to begin a pilot program using cardboard pallets.

March 2016

  • Change the Pallet writes over 300 U.S. Universities and Colleges, advocating for the use of cardboard pallets on their campuses.

  • Executive Director Adam Pener visits the White House to give a presentation to Christine Harada, the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer.

November 2016

  • Change the Pallet certifies first company to be wood pallet free.

 
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
— Dr. Seuss, The Lorax