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Timber Packaging and the Environment

The Benefits of Using Timber Transit Packaging
Timber provides robust transit packaging that is kind on the environment. In the face of competition from alternative materials such as plastics and steel, wood remains the first choice material for most companies due to the exceptional economic, environmental and health and safety benefits that it provides.  

The Inherent Benefits of Timber
  • Uniquely renewable and sustainable
  • Natural and organic
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Versatile and flexible
  • Strong and robust
  • Hygienic
  • A source of 'Carbon Neutral' energy
  • Easily repaired
  • Reusable
  • Recyclable
  • Cost-effective

The Carbon Cycle of Timber Transit Packaging
Excess Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is recognised as one of the primary causes to global warming. One of the key ways to help reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere and combat global warming is to plant and harvest more trees. The area of Europe's forests is growing at a rate equivalent to 100 football pitches every hour. By using more timber based products this rate can be increased, having further positive effects on the environment. In Europe, we currently produce around 400 million timber pallets, saving around 12 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide each year.

Through the process of 'photosynthesis', trees absorb or 'sequester' harmful Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere, using the Carbon to grow and releasing Oxygen back into the atmosphere. Trees are able to sequester large quantities of Carbon Dioxide which remains locked in the wood until it decays or is burned. On average, as a tree grows, it will offset around 1 tonne of Carbon Dioxide and produce around 727 Kg of Oxygen per cubic metre. When the tree decays or is burned, it releases the same amount of Carbon Dioxide back into the atmosphere that it has sequestered, therefore making it 'Carbon Neutral'.

Furthermore, timber transit packaging can be easily repaired, reused and recycled, extending the product life of the timber packaging and keeping harmful Carbon Dioxide locked in. When it reaches the end of it's useful product life, timber packaging can be burned and used as an alternative to fossil fuels in heat or power generation or shredded and used by other industries e.g. animal bedding.

Another positive effect of using timber over alternative materials such as plastics or metals is the production process. During manufacture and transportation, timber has a 'negative Carbon intensity' (around -25Kg). This means that the amount of Carbon Dioxide sequestered during the production and transportation of the products outweighs the amount that the process produced. Plastics and metals have the opposite effect.

Sustainability and 'Chain of Custody'

We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and ensure that we only procure the timber we use in our transit packaging from certified sustainable sources. We have built close relationships with our timber suppliers who have all achieved Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC® C104797) 'Chain of Custody' and/or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) 'Chain of Custody' certification.

'Chain of Custody' certification provides evidence that the forest from which the timber is sourced has been independently inspected and evaluated in line with the principles and criteria agreed by the certification body, promoting support for the responsible and sustainable management of the worlds forests.

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