The reasons for using uniquely-colored pallets are almost as varied as the colors themselves. Here are some of the top reasons for using custom color plastic pallets:
- Designate pallets by plant function or area
- Identify pallets to be used with a specific customer
- Show ownership and reduce loss by matching company colors
Black Plastic Pallets are Most Popular
The majority of plastic pallets will be either black or gray simply because they cost less to make. These pallets are manufactured with a blend of post-industrial recycled HDPE or PP materials. Both are low cost, yet very durable. However, the recycled materials used in manufacturing will always be a blend of various colors. To achieve a consistent color, colorant needs to be added. Black and gray are the most cost-effective options.
Blue Plastic Pallets are FDA Approved
Blue plastic pallets are the second most common color. Blue is used to identify that a pallet is FDA Approved for direct food contact. These pallets are more expensive than a black or gray plastic pallet because they are made from 100% virgin material. Recycled material cannot be used in an FDA Approved plastic pallet.
Red, Green and Yellow Pallets Cost More
Custom colors including red, green and yellow will cost more. Like the FDA pallet, higher prices for custom color pallets include the added costs of virgin material and expertly-matched colorant. These colors are also more difficult to find, especially in smaller quantities. Most manufacturers will only make custom color plastic pallets with a full truckload minimum order. Custom color plastic pallets in less than truckload quantities (LTL) are available from some manufacturers that stock them (if you know where to look).
Even though custom colors may initially cost more, increased efficiencies and reduced pallet loss may actually prove to be a cost-effective solution for your distribution system. An experienced pallet professional can help you make color decisions.
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Post by: Mike Simon, Midwestern Sales Executive