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Furniture retailer Ikea just announced plans to swap out wooden shipping pallets in favor of new lightweight cardboard pallets – and although this isn’t a change that customers will be able to see, the company expects to see a decrease in transport costs amounting to 140 million euros ($193 million). The thinner, lighter, and cheaper cardboard pallets will be sourced from local suppliers and they can support the same amount of weight as the wooden versions The only thing is that the cardboard pallets can only be used once, meaning that they will be discarded and recycled afterwards. Transportation costs may be reduced, but the verdict is still out if this the cardboard pallets are really better in terms of sustainability.

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  1. Eclectitude January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    The cardboard pallets are a good solution in certain applications. We were using them for the past year but ended up going back to wooden pallets because we have to move ours around so much and we sometimes have some product outdoors in moist conditions. The cardboard pallets don’t hold up over lots of repeated moves with either forklifts or pallet jacks, but there are a lot of applications where they are perfect.

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