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18 PalletCentral • July-August 2019 ooden pallets and packaging materials remain king of its industry, even when other products, such as cardboard and plastic pallets, are creating a conversation around the attributes that pallet users prefer. Industry feelings are that while demand for non-wooden pallets and packing materials may still be uncommon, customers are sometimes asking for them. Balancing key priorities like worker safety, carbon footprint and total costs is very complex, leaving customers sometimes confused and seeking more information when weighing price, availability, and recyclability. First, consider the wooden pallet. Some in the industry would call it "engineered for performance." The structural properties include flexibility, durability and ease of use. Today pallet manufacturers have the benefit of software programs that integrate design specifications with performance requirements, which lead to safer loads and more efficient use of lumber. Wooden pallets are also cost effective. They are manufactured with wood from sustainable forests, cost less to manufacture than W SUSTAINABILITY Illustration: T Tipping Points By Esme Neely Smith

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