The stakes are extremely high in the pharmaceutical industry, and if you manage a part of the pharmaceutical supply chain, you want every aspect of your operation to be as perfect as possible. That goes all the way down to your material handling pallets. You need to be sure you’ve optimized every aspect of your operation, and that includes choosing the best, most reliable pharmaceutical pallets you can find.
This is why you should consider switching to pharmaceutical-grade plastic pallets from Polymer Solutions International, Inc. Our plastic pallets are perfect for pharmaceutical operations, as they are cost-effective, efficient, more hygienic, more durable and safer to use than ordinary wood pallets. Keep reading to find out why our plastic pharmaceutical-grade pallets are the right choice for your company.
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The Importance of Hygienic Pallets for Pharmaceuticals
Wooden pallets are prone to harboring bacteria, fungus and other parasites, which can be especially harmful if they leak into medicines. For this reason, wood pallets must be sanitized and treated with an array of chemicals before they are safe to use in pharmaceutical applications.
These chemicals can be harmful to end users even with well-packaged products. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled an assortment of Tylenol products because chemicals used to treat wood pallets had seeped into the product, causing nausea and illness in people who had taken the medicine.
Hygienic pharmaceutical plastic pallets are impervious to parasitic infestation, so they don’t need to be treated before use. They’re also easier to clean and sanitize than wood pallets, which have porous surfaces that absorb harmful chemicals and contaminants.
Plastic pallets used in the pharmaceutical industry must meet specific requirements, including the following:
- Must be made of one piece
- Surfaces must be smooth and non-porous
- Must be made of polyethylene or virgin raw materials
- Must be non-toxic and easy to clean between uses
These requirements are critical for companies that need to transport unpackaged food or medications, which are even more susceptible to contamination.
All of Polymer Solutions International, Inc.’s pharmaceutical-grade plastic pallets meet these requirements and are FDA compliant. The one-piece design is made from high-density polyethylene that resists mold, bacteria and insect infestation.
Environmental Safety and Sustainability in the Pharmaceutical Industry
As climate change and other environmental issues become increasingly important, companies are adjusting by placing more emphasis on prioritizing environmental sustainability. The pharmaceutical industry must take steps to become more environmentally friendly – a 2019 study found that the pharmaceutical industry is 55 percent more emissions-intensive than even the automotive industry.
Plastic pharmaceutical pallets are the most environmentally sustainable option available for shipping and manufacturing companies. While plastic as a material is less environmentally friendly than wood, its longevity makes it more sustainable over time. Wooden pallets are only useful for about six trips before they must be disposed of or recycled, but plastic pallets can last up to 10 years on average before they become too structurally unstable to reuse.
Because most plastic pallets are lighter than wooden pallets, companies who make weight-based shipments can fit more in each shipment, reducing the number of emissions released into the environment.
Additionally, plastic pallets are infinitely recyclable. Once your plastic pallet has reached the end of its useful life, you can send it to a pallet recycling company to be melted down and turned into a new pallet.
Wooden pallets are also recyclable, but the fibers degrade over time, making them weaker with each cycle. Once the wood becomes too weak to be reused for new pallets, it can be downcycled into other products like cardboard and paper. These products are also recyclable, but because the fibers shorten over time, they will eventually be too weak to recycle any further.
Polymer Solutions International, Inc. accepts used plastic pallets for reuse or recycling. Make sure to check if this option works for you before choosing a pharmaceutical pallet.
Polymer Solutions International Is Committed to Sustainability
Once you’re done with your hygienic plastic pallet, we will either buy it back from you for reuse or facilitate its recycling, preventing added waste from entering the environment and taking up space in landfills. Our pallets are non-halogen FM approved, so we can recycle them without introducing harmful chemicals into the environment.
We build our products to reduce the waste entering landfills. Reusing and recycling our products allows us to help the environment while maintaining our usual high quality and customer service. Contact us for more information about our dedication to environmental sustainability.
How Pharmaceutical Plastic Pallets From Polymer Solutions International, Inc. Can Benefit Your Operation
Polymer Solutions International, Inc.’s plastic pharmaceutical pallets can provide a number of advantages to your business while helping keep you in compliance with all the special requirements and challenges of the pharmaceutical industry. By using our pharmaceutical-grade pallets, you can:
- Save money: Plastic pallets are a much more cost-effective solution to moving pharmaceutical goods than wood pallets. Wood pallets usually only last a few uses, if that many, while you can use all of our plastic pallets repeatedly. Our plastic pharmaceutical pallets can stand up to many of the challenging industrial conditions that pharmaceutical pallets face without warping or breaking, and they require virtually no maintenance.
- Maximize efficiency: We have custom sizes and types of plastic pallets to meet your needs, so you can choose the pallets that are most efficient for you rather than settling for a cookie-cutter wood solution. Because these pallets are lightweight and easy to manipulate, they can also contribute to faster workflow and greater productivity.
- Reduce the risk of contamination: Our pharmaceutical-grade plastic pallets meet all U.S. FDA requirements for contamination control. They are free of chemicals like 2, 4, 6-Tribromoanisole and 2, 4, 6-Trichloroanisole that could pose a hazard in your facility. They do not attract mold, mildew or pests, and they are easy to sanitize and keep clean.
Polymer Solutions International, Inc. Hygienic Plastic Pallets for Environmental Safety and Sustainability in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Many pharmaceutical companies are increasing their commitment to sustainability, and we are here to help. Our plastic pharmaceutical pallets are much less wasteful than wood pallets for a variety of reasons. They last longer and result in less product loss, which, in turn, means less waste. They are a great way to reduce your company’s environmental impact because they are made from recycled materials, and you can use them again and again. Furthermore, once they reach the end of their usable life, we buy them back from you, recycling the raw materials and keeping them out of the landfill.
We have the right hygienic, sustainable plastic pharmaceutical pallets for your pharmaceutical industry business and are ready to provide them to you right now. Contact us today for more information or place an order for your pharmaceutical-grade plastic pallets. You can also browse our selection of one-piece hygienic plastic pallets.