The Future of More Sustainable Pallets

The Company commissioned an independent, peer-reviewed, life cycle assessment study (the “LCA Study”) to compare the environmental impacts of RM2’s BLOCKPal pallet with those of the standard multi-trip wood pallet.

The results of the LCA Study show that the BLOCKPal pallet provides significant sustainability advantages compared to the standard multi-trip wood pallet. The standard multi-trip wood pallet is itself regarded as a more sustainable alternative to the single-trip white wood pallet.

RM2 is able to demonstrate to major corporations that the BLOCKPal pallet can help them achieve sustainability goals and reduce their carbon footprint, whilst also reducing cost and improving the quality of assets in their supply chains.

Understanding the RM2 Pallet’s Reduced Environmental Impact

Results

The LCA Study found compared to the standard wooden pallet, the RM2 BLOCKPal:

Reduced Global Warming Potential (GWP) by 21%

Reduced GWP by 1,420,000 lbs CO2 per million pallet trips

Reduced Primary Energy Demand (PED) by 50%

Reduced PED by 40 million MJ per million pallet trips

Reduced Acidification Potential (AP) by 31%

Reduced Eutrophication Potential (EP) by 44%

Study

  • RM2 commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing RM2 pallet to standard wood block pallet. – Systematic, scientific assessment of inputs, outputs, and environmental impacts across product life cycle: Raw materials, manufacturing, transport/distribution/use, disposition.
  • Study performed by Pure Strategies – Leading sustainability consulting firm with significant LCA experience.
  • Study performed according to ISO 14040/14044 standards. – International gold standard for LCA

Driving Factors Behind RM2’s Advantage

There are four Driving Factors Behind RM2’s Advantage:

Lower Weight

21% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission during pallet use, driven mainly by BLOCKPal’s lower weight.

Increased Durability

Because they last much longer, 1/5th as many BLOCKPal pallets are required to deliver the same number of total pallet trips.

Reduced Loss Rate

RM2’s ERICA tracking system promptly identifies pallet locations and effectively minimizes pallet loss, and reduces user replacement costs and related GHG impact.

Lack of Chemical Treatment

The Composite material from which the BLOCKPal is constructed does not need treatment with harmful chemical agents for infestation control or fire retardency which affect both use and disposal.

Equivalencies

The impact reductions per million pallet trips are equivalent to the following:

For Global Warming Potential impact reductions:

Taking 80 U.S. homes off the grid for a year.

For Primary Energy Demand reductions:

Taking 300 U.S. homes off the grid for a year.

For Acidification Potential impact reductions:

Taking 120 U.S. homes off the grid for a year.

For Eutrophication Potential impact reductions:

Taking 800 U.S. homes off the grid for a year.