Life Cycle Analysis

Independent Life Cycle Analysis: Plastic vs. wood

An independent Life Cycle Analysis has examined the environmental impact of the 3 types of pallets commonly used today — the pooled multi-use wood pallet, the single-use wood pallet and iGPS' pooled all-plastic pallet. Conducted in accordance with international standards, the analysis examined the "cradle-to-grave" impact each pallet type has on the environment, including global warming, ozone depletion and toxicity. 

The analysis concluded that, even utilizing conservative assumptions, iGPS' all-plastic pallet has dramatically less environmental impact than both the pooled multi-use wood pallet and one-way wood pallet. The facts are below.

When comparing the iGPS pallet and the typical multi-use wood pallet:

  • Abiotic Depletion: iGPS' pallet has 25% - 35% less impact
  • Global Warming: iGPS' pallet had 65% - 70% less impact
  • Ozone Layer Depletion: iGPS' pallet had 91% - 92% less impact
  • Photochemical Oxidation: iGPS' pallet had 60% - 65%
    less impact
  • Acidification: iGPS' pallet had 60% - 65% less impact
  • Eutrophication: iGPS' pallet had 75% - 80% less impact

The facts are in: iGPS offers the most environmentally responsible pallet available today.

Click here to view the Life Cycle Assessment Briefing Paper


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