As a major manufacturer, we are always looking for ways to lessen our impact on the environment and, to this end, aim to reduce, recycle or re-use wherever we can, thinking creatively about all the materials we use in our production processes.
In Mexico, this has led to a saving of the timber used in the production of around 3,400 pallets annually.
Coats Mexico’s Distribution Manager, Julian Gonzalez, explains how this came about.
‘We looked at how we were shipping export materials from Mexico, which involved using wood-treated pallets. One tree produces wood for up to 10 pallets and from 2006-14 we had bought 95,452 pallets. That is around 9,500 trees; approximately 46 acres – or the equivalent of 64 football stadiums.
‘As an environmental initiative, we asked ourselves if we could employ any of our waste to create an alternative and began looking at the plastic waste from our empty dye-springs. We got in touch with a number of companies and, after much research and testing, got the go-ahead from Novatec, a plastics manufacturer specialising in pallets and containers.
‘We export around 4,200 pallets a year, and calculate that we can change about 81%, so moving from wood to plastic will allow us to avoid using around 3,400 wooden pallets. We think we can reuse around 30% of the plastic pallets, including some that we receive from Coats & Clark, and Coats American. And, since these plastic pallets are cheaper than wood, we also get to save some money while we are looking after the environment.’
Platic pallets in Coats Mexico are made from plastic waste