Disadvantages of plastics

CO2-balance:
44,2 kg*

High energy consumption
The production of a plastic pallet consumes 34.04 kWh of electricity*

Non renewable
Plastic consists of the finite raw material crude oil

Weight
Plastic pallets are heavier than wood with the same dimensions and load-bearing capacity

Electrostatics
Undesirable electrostatic charges may occur

Bacterial contamination
More bacteria have been detected on plastic pallets in studies

Profitability
Fewer jobs due to major automation in production

Special sizes
No flexible production, few standard dimensions as mass product

Recycling
Not 100% recyclable, hazardous substances are released during incineration

Price
Dearer than wooden pallets

Repair
No repair possible or repair very expensive

*Source: Pallet Carbon Calculator von ECCM/Camco Group, Skogs Industrierna und timcon

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