If you read my last post, 6 Benefits of Using Plastic Pallets in Colors, you already know that black is the most popular color for plastic pallets.
In this post, we'll take a look at the top five popular plastic pallet colors, examples of how each color is used and why color costs more than black.
Popular Colors in Plastic Pallets
Plastic pallets can be made in nearly any color. In addition to custom colors for a special promotion or matching a company's brand, many manufacturers offer a set of popular standard colors. Interestingly, there are no specific color rules to follow. Most pallet color decisions come down to a company's own policies or processes.
Here are the plastic pallet colors you'll most likely see:
Why You'll Pay More for Color
The short answer to the cost question is material. Most black pallets are made from post-industrial recycled HDPE or PP. Recycled material just costs less.
In contrast, making plastic pallets in a specific color requires a material that plays nice with dye. Remember that hard boiled egg? A clean white shell will give the best dye results. In plastic pallets, a clean and consistent virgin material makes it easier to mix in pigment for that perfect shade of blue, red, green, yellow and more.
Not only does the virgin material cost more, but there is more labor involved. Assembly lines often stop production to clean and prepare equipment to run the new color. It costs a lot of money to stop assembly lines so that's why minimum truckload quantities are sometimes required.
What colors do you use? Tell us about how you use color in the comments below or ask us about color for plastic pallets.
Post by: Mike Cunneen, Director of Sales & Marketing
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