By managing pallets sustainably, we help our clients meet consumer expectations while reducing their environmental impact. Together, we have an awareness of pallets from the point of production to consumption and return since we adhere to a closed-loop, circular economy model.
Beyond delivering always-on visibility, Tessco was also built upon the circular economy model, which is based on three core principles.
A closed-loop supply chain combines the traditional supply chain (forward logistics) with reverse logistics, considering the pallet after it's served its original purpose. Reverse logistics then kick in, and the pallets are broken down for reuse in future products.
We need a paradigm shift when it comes to wood pallets, because they are costing us more than just money when you count up deforestation, toxic chemical leaching, harm to the ozone layer and the carcinogenic qualities. Let's consider four facts that impact us all:
Every year in the US alone 1 million acres of trees are destroyed to produce wood pallets.
Impact: It takes decades to replenish 1 million acres of trees.
Wood pallets have become a major factor in deforestation which causes climate change.
Impact: This causes sudden spike in temperatures and melting glaciers.
Wood dust is found in pallets and is classified as a carcinogen
Impact: This is associated with lung cancer and Hodgkin’s disease
More than 80 percent of the earth’s natural forests have already been destroyed.
Impact: Estimates show we lose 137 animal, plant, and insect species each day due to deforestation.
Yes, companies must now mitigate risk preventing the creation and transfer of bacterial, viral, and other such pathogens in their supply chain.
The key benefit of a closed loop supply chain is the reduction of waste.
Yes. There are two types of plastic pallets: High density polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP). Tessco uses HDPE with a blended antimicrobial in our polymer.
Pallet pooling basically means you are leasing pallets from a shared pool. We are currently focused on a closed-loop process.
Pallets have traditionally been marginalized and perceived as commodities. Without accountability, they can be a safety hazard.
High-quality pallets that are exceptionally engineered and designed are valuable assets that can be remade. Those who handle pallets must better understand that.