We have helped develop a sustainable alternative to timber shipping pallets, enabling Australian company Biofiba to enter global markets.
The environmental impact of shipping pallets
Shipping pallets are flat timber platforms used for storing, handling and transporting goods. More than six billion timber export pallets are sold globally each year.
Due to contamination fears, these pallets are usually discarded after one use. They are also chemically treated which makes them difficult to recycle.
Testing recyclable timber substitutes
In a bid to develop a commercially viable and sustainable alternative to timber shipping pallets, we partnered with BioFiba through our Australian Growth Partnerships program.
The result was the creation of a sustainable bio-composite and a process to produce simulated extruded timber, made from composite material.
A new clean alternative to timber
Pallets, crates, boxes, cartons, bracing, and blocking are all products that can be created from this timber substitute.
Biofiba has entered the global marketplace, with distributors in Australia, USA, UK and Europe, Canada, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, India and South Africa. The company has also recently entered into a joint venture with Chinese company Huaxin Green Spring Environmental to have Biofiba pallets manufactured and distributed from China.
The newly constructed manufacturing facility will house state-of-the-art equipment producing biocomposite simulated timber.
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