Biobased innovations are happening in places you might least likely expect.
Take export pallets, for example.
Designed to be sturdy and cost-effective for international shipments, export pallets are used to store and transport products and goods we use everyday.
Typically, export pallets are made from plastic or timber.
But there is a biobased version on the market now as well: CocoPallet International has developed an export pallet made from coconut waste.
CocoPallet is 100% biobased; made from coconut husks, natural fibers, and lignin. It’s also locally produced.
Why do we need a biobased pallet?
As mentioned, export pallets are designed to reduce the cost and weight of internationally shipped cargo. To accomplish this goal, the materials of choice are usually either synthetic composite, plastic or timber.
Synthetic and plastic materials are petroleum based, non-renewable and more expensive.
As for timber, according to the CocoPallet website, there are 5 billion timber pallets produced every year. This results in deforestation at a magnitude of 500 million trees per year.
Using coconut waste and husk materials to produce a biobased pallet has the potential to acheive cost and weight reduction goals, as well as save millions of trees.
The CocoPallet is also 100% biodegradable. This means that the pallet can be shredded and then either recycled or composted.
Other features of the CocoPallet:
- Flame retardent pallets
- ISPM 15 compliant for export shipping
- Customizable design and configuration
- Food grade materials
- Moisture resistance
- Lower cost
- Nestable and space saving pallet design