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Wooden Pallets Contribute to Reforestation, Not Deforestation
Tue, 24 Nov 2009, 15:31:03 EST
VINELAND, N.J., Nov. 24 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- To hear the claims that
wooden pallet producers have clear cut, raped and pillaged their way through America's
old growth virgin forests, stripping them of trees, leaving them bald and naked. Sounds
like a horror movie. Scary, but fictitious. According to Michael Smith, C.O.O. of PALNET,
a nationwide supplier of wooden pallets, "It's time to set the record straight because
exactly the opposite is true."
Smith explained the production process wooden pallets are made from and how they
contribute to sound forest initiatives that actually reduce the waste stream that would
otherwise end up in landfills.
The sustainability story of wooden pallets has congressional recognition. The U.S.
Congress has recognized the wood used in pallets by passing Resolution 81 which states officially that hardwoods are an
abundant, sustainable and a renewable bio-based resource that is critical to reducing the carbon footprint of the U.S. as a net
absorber of carbon. In addition, a recent study by the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech and
the USDA states that only 0.2 percent of broken pallets are landfilled.
Wooden pallets are not made from virgin woods, but from the unusable trim of the lumbering process, the parts that get
"squared off" at the sawmill. Smith went on to explain that when forests are sustainably managed, new trees are replanted for
all those that are harvested. Thus reforestation and restoration is what is actually taking place.
Plastic pallets, on the other hand, are created from a long, dirty and energy intensive process that begins in an oil well, needs
to be transported long distances, and goes through a carbon heavy and pollution causing manufacturing process.
According to Smith, "When you pass a plastics plan