The Success of Cardboard Pallets Finds Its Way to National Spotlight

IKEA’s switch to cardboard pallets has already resulted in 20% to 30% fewer trucks on the road, or 50,000 to 100,000 fewer truck trips each year.

Change the Pallet has been touting the environmental and safety benefits of lightweight, recyclable cardboard shipping pallets for three years, and we're very pleased to say the issue has been getting some recent attention in the press! 

We hope you have a moment to read this informative article from Quartz about how cardboard pallets has led to lower costs, more efficiency, and fewer emissions and worker injuries. In addition to linking to our website for important testimony from an IKEA store manager on the topic, the Quartz piece also illuminates the following noteworthy findings:

  1. IKEA's switch to cardboard pallets has already resulted in 20% to 30% fewer trucks on the road, or 50,000 to 100,000 fewer truck trips each year (imagine if this were applied on a national scale!).
     
  2. The use of cardboard pallets has cut IKEA's CO2 emissions by 20%.
     
  3. A pallet life cycle assessment affirmed that single-use cardboard was the greener option because they eliminate the need for empty wood pallets to be collected, sorted, and ferried back and forth (which requires additional truck movements).

We commend Quartz for their thoughtful piece on such an important environmental issue. And we thank you for reading this update and remembering always that sustainability starts with the shipping pallet.