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The sustainable benefits of plastic pallets in the pharmaceutical industry

Plastic pallets offer the best combination of value, durability, and choice. Over the last few years, we at – The Responsible Plastic Pallet Company have helped many new customers, including pharmaceutical organisations, switch to plastic pallets.

Thanks to their strength, dimensional consistency, minimal deflection, and incredibly long lifespan – which is over 10 times longer than a wooden pallet – plastic pallets can be the reliable and reusable piece in the operational jigsaw, helping organisations increase operational efficiency.

Recently, a global provider of technologies and services that help advance and accelerate the development and manufacture of therapeutics came to us for our expert advice.

This global player in the pharmaceutical industry had recently opened a multi-million-pound facility in the UK so that they could better service their customers, reduce lead time for products, achieve well-timed deliveries, and improve their sustainability.

After understanding the needs of the customer, we recommended our recycled IPS 1208 M3R Closed plastic pallet, along with our 1208 plastic pallet collars and GoPalletBox 1208 plastic lids.

The impressive performance, long-life span, and flexible configurations made these products an attractive and sustainable option for the customer.

The customer ordered 1,500 of the IPS 1208 M3R Closed plastic pallets, 4,100 1208 plastic pallet collars, and 300 GoPalletBox 1208 plastic lids and uses them in the production and storage of vital vaccine components.

This effective combination of products operated incredibly well. The pallet collars fit seamlessly with the pallets, and the drop on lids provided added security so the customer could safely store products in their racking system.

The pallet has a proven track record for long-term use and has racking capabilities of up to 750kg. Its three runners make handling and retrieval with manual forklift trucks easy too.

The customer benefited from this pallet, collar, and lid combination as it offered flexibility with the number of collars they could use, giving them different storage heights as required. It also provided container-like protection (with a solid base, structurally solid walls, and lid) but with none of the wasted space when not in use. The three components can be separated, stacked, and stored, saving considerable space compared to a rigid pallet box which cannot collapse or fold down.

Sustainability is a significant long-term advantage with these impressive plastic products too.

The pharmaceutical company can have complete peace of mind knowing that they will not have to replace the plastic pallets, collars or lids over the next decade or longer! The products will maintain their dimensional consistency and perform as expected day in, day out. This combination is also much more cost-effective for the customer, resulting in a profitable return on investment.

Even when the time comes to replace these products, the organisation knows it can rely on us to provide more of the same high-performing pallets, collars, and lids, while recycling the old products through our pioneering plastic pallet recycling scheme.

An outstanding example of how plastic pallets can be a sustainable solution in the pharmaceutical industry.

For more information about how plastic pallets can make your operations more sustainable, please call one of the experts at on 01323 744057 or email