By Joseph De Cleene
In this article, a few innovations that might improve the best practices of tomorrow are being looked at by a group of packaging experts. Hybrid pallets, made of wood ánd plastic, is one innovation that is being looked Today 95% of pallets are made of wood, but wood has its downside. Forklifts can easily destroy them! Hybrid pallets last up to five times longer than typical wooden pallets, which is better for the environment on long term. This also dramatically decreases its lifetime cost.
The article also mentions inflatable, film-based dunnage. Dunnage is material used to load and secure cargo during transportation. They have succeeded to reduce the amount of petroleum-based resins, while simultaneously improving the product performance. This yields both environmental and economic benefits for customers by better protecting the contents of their shipments.