Choosing Between Wood and Plastic Pallets for Your Company

When it comes to pallets you might use for shipping or warehousing, you typically need to choose between wood and plastic pallets. Neither of these option should be considered "better" than the other, as both of these materials will have their own pros and cons. Instead, it's good to simply consider the differences between the two, and this will help you to make your decision as to what's best for your company's needs.


One obvious advantage of wood pallets is that they are usually cheaper than plastic, which is especially important to consider if you'll be using the pallets for shipping, as you're not likely to get those pallets returned to you. Wood is also stronger than the plastic used for pallets, so wood pallets may be the better choice for larger and heavier items.

Wood pallets might also be a more eco-friendly choice; if plastic pallets are damaged, they cannot typically be repaired, but must be melted down to be reused. This recycling process can create lots of fumes and emissions, whereas a damaged wood pallet can be repaired, or the material reused, even as mulch or sawdust.


The downside of wood is that it can get damaged more easily than plastic, and wood pallets have connectors that might come loose and damage your materials, whereas plastic pallets are typically moulded from one solid piece. Also, multi-colour plastic pallets can make organizing your inventory easier, as the pallets themselves can work as a type of colour coding system. Plastic is also easier to clean and sanitize than wood, which also makes plastic pallets more hygienic for storing and shipping food, furs, medical supplies and other such items.

Other considerations

Consider if your pallets will be used for displaying items, such as in a supermarket or retail store, or at a trade show. Wood pallets have a more natural and rustic look, and may be good for displaying food items. On the other hand, plastic pallets can seem more modern and may look better in a trendy clothes store or when used at a trade show for upscale home goods or electronics.

Another consideration would be fire safety, as plastic melts at a much higher temperature than wood, which may burn easily. If you plan on using the pallets in an area that might expose them to open flames, such as from welding equipment, you might opt for plastic, for increased safety and durability.