We are always looking to make the environmental impact of our products as low as possible.
Working on eco-innovation means that we are always looking to make the environmental impact of our products as low as possible. To underpin this, we are doing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) studies. We compare the impact of our pallet components made of recycled plastics to those made of wood and compressed wood.
A Life Cycle Analysis is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life, from-cradle-to-grave (i.e., from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling).
1. First, we compile an inventory (LCI) of relevant energy and material inputs and environmental releases
2. Then we evaluate the potential impacts associated with identified inputs and releases.
This leads to an Eco-indicator number per product. The higher the score, the bigger the environmental impact. The absolute value of the Eco-indicator score does not carry a lot of practical weight; it is literally an indicator and merely indicative. It is the relative comparison of the products that counts.
Preliminary LCA studies have shown that our recycled plastic pallet components have a lower Eco-indicator than those made of wood and compressed wood. We will continuously update our LCA studies with new data available from the RecycledPalletSystem project.