Everyone needs to play their part to reduce waste in the construction industry supply chain
THE PROBLEM WITH SINGLE USE PALLETS
Every year more than 20 million pallets are manufactured and distributed throughout the UK construction industry, but less than 10% are reused. This is in stark contrast to the FMCG retail sector, where pallet reuse is typically around 98%. To create construction industry pallets, an estimated 6,000 acres of forestry are harvested every year, with a further 236,000 acres grown to cater for future demand.
REMOVING NEEDLESS WASTE
DIFFERENT BY DESIGN
The Pallet LOOP delivers an alternative approach to single use pallets that’s better for business and better for the planet. Our simple, carbon net zero, returnable pallet scheme challenges existing ‘unsustainable’ supply chain practices; promotes a culture of re-use; and provides the UK construction sector with a greener, leaner, most cost effective way to transport building materials that can positively impact on people, planet and profitability.
A TRUSTED PALLET PARTNER
The Pallet LOOP has a dedicated recovery infrastructure and a comprehensive network of collection hubs in place – enabled through its partnership with the Scott Group.
The construction industry is the UK’s largest user of natural resources and produces around 100 million tonnes of waste each year. Turning pallets into a valuable returnable asset that we loop back into the supply chain we’re helping the sector reduce the amount of waste created and save significant sums on disposal costs (an estimated £153m).
All construction businesses have a duty to ensure any waste they produce is handled safely and responsibly. The Pallet LOOP takes one aspect of that work away – transforming the humble pallet from an item that’s normally skipped into a valuable returnable item that can be used again and again.
The Political Landscape
Construction is at the heart of the Government’s plans to revive the economy post-COVID. As the nation strives to build back better, our green pallets will help the UK work towards its ambition of net zero emissions by 2050.
The Pallet LOOP provides an easy way for construction companies to improve their sustainability track record and stand up to the scrutiny of customers, who are more discerning and environmentally savvy than ever before.
blazing a trail
Embracing The Pallet LOOP is a great way for the UK construction sector to demonstrate that it is world-leading; committed to innovation; and dedicated to working in the smartest, most sustainable way possible.
Acting sustainably is now intrinsic to business and fundamental to a company’s corporate reputation. Users of The Pallet LOOP can proudly state they’re doing their bit – eliminating avoidable pallet waste and saving trees.
TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE
Small changes can make a big difference. Uniting the construction sector around a sustainable pallet solution, we’re cutting waste and reducing the consumption of trees – helping to protect the planet for future generations.
Don’t just take our word for it!
“As COP26 takes place, and BAM is focused on building a sustainable tomorrow, we need to explore every practical avenue that helps us reduce our CO2 emissions and achieve net zero. “The best change is one that others can support and adopt. This has much greater impact, so we are proud to champion this initiative which has great potential across our sector. It fits very well alongside our drive to become more circular, drive out waste, and reuse resources.”
Julia Messenger, Sustainability Manager, BAM
“Savvy organisations will be already re-orientating their existing sustainability strategy towards one of circular implementation with trusted trading partners of a similar persuasion, and not waiting to act until new legislation or spikes in commodity prices hit home.”
Mickey Howard, Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Management at University of Exeter Business School
At the moment, the pallets used by the construction industry are the equivalent of single-use plastics in the hospitality sector. It really isn’t acceptable that so many are used just once and then discarded each year. LOOP’s innovation to introduce a higher spec pallet that can be reused and recycled multiple times is a brilliant idea that we support 100%”
Graham Edgell, Director of Sustainability and Procurement,
Morgan Sindall Group
Kier recognises that the current use of single trip pallets is unsustainable. These pallets consume a significant quantity of home-grown softwood timber resource (around 17%), which could be better utilised in other long-term carbon storage solutions such as the construction of buildings, and they also account for a significant percentage of our construction waste stream (up to 10% by volume) which is a significant cost to the business. We therefore would fully endorse a supply chain solution that would enable the recovery, repair, and reuse of pallets in the UK construction sector
Jo Gilroy Head of Sustainability, Kier
“The Pallet Loop™ represents the type of sustainability disruptor that is urgently needed to create a more circular construction industry. It will have benefits to those handling pallets with regard to safety; for site managers dealing with logistics and space issues; right through to the forests that don’t need to be felled as a result.”
Eithne George, Programme Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
“It’s wonderful to see companies like The Pallet LOOP step up to the challenge presented by the climate emergency and put circular economy principles at its heart. It’s clear from the government that the decade ahead will be one of transition as we move towards a decarbonised economy based on a “reduce, reuse, recycle” model for resources.”
Peter Caplehorn, CEO, Construction Products Association
“ISG recognises that the current widespread use of single trip pallets is unsustainable. We therefore would fully endorse a supply chain solution, such as The Pallet Loop™, that enables the recovery, repair and reuse of pallets in the UK construction sector.”
Peter Kelly, Head of Sustainability, ISG
Kirstin McCarthy, Sustainability Director, Aggregate Industries
James Vance, Head of Sustainability, Travis Perkins
Graeme Barton, CEO, Construction Products Association
Industry support & commitment to change
To galvanise support for The Pallet LOOP, we have created a charter for construction industry players to sign to make clear their commitment to considering a more sustainable solution for the movement of building materials. By signing The Pallet LOOP charter, signatories acknowledged, individually and collectively, that now is the time for change and agreed to:
A comprehensive evaluation of how The Pallet LOOP could be integrated into their business
Champion the adoption of a circular economy pallet solutions
Cooperate with other industry stakeholders to accelerate sector wide implementation.
NUMBERS THAT STACK UP
As sustainability continues to rise up the corporate agenda, it’s essential that companies understand, measure and report on their environmental impact. We’ve conducted our own impact assessment to show what The Pallet LOOP can deliver in terms of numbers and a lower carbon footprint. Read our full impact assessment here:
GREENER BY DESIGN
By developing a range of distinctive green pallets that can be used again and again, we’ve found a way to design pallet waste out of the construction industry supply chain.
The result will be a seismic shift in the sustainability of the sector. For every 1000 LOOP pallet trips made, we’ve calculated that 60 trees will have been saved from felling – that’s the equivalent of 18m3 of timber (enough to build a three-bedroom timber framed house).
STRONGER BY DESIGN
There are currently more than 2500 different pallet specifications in use across the UK construction industry. This can create problems when stacking pallets on vehicles or on site.
To simplify this situation, we’ve come up with eight durable designs that are all standard in size – meaning our pallets are easier to handle and stack.
LEANER BY DESIGN
c The environmental and safety benefits associated with The Pallet LOOP are undeniable, but our approach is also much more cost effective – offering builders, merchants, construction companies and house builders the chance to save thousands of pounds on waste disposal costs every year.
On average you can fit 30 pallets in a standard 12-yard skip – meaning it costs around £10 to dispose of each pallet. With up to £4 payback for every pallet returned, the numbers soon stack up.
JOIN THE LOOP
YOU’LL BE IN GREAT COMPANY
Throughout the construction industry, building material manufacturers, merchants, construction companies and house builders are signing up to The Pallet LOOP – recognising that this new way of working provides a more sustainable approach to palletised distribution. Get in the LOOP! You’ll be in great company.