IKEA knows from disposable. So when the company realized it could save money and shipping space by using cardboard shipping pallets, it tossed out its traditional wooden pallets like last year's BILLY bookshelf.
The new pallets can support loads as heavy as the wooden pallets could, but they’re only a third as high and weigh 90 percent less. As a rule, more efficient shipping saves energy, because those monster boats that make globalization possible pig out on fossil fuels.
On the other hand, the cardboard pallets will each only get one use. But they'll be recycled. But they come with a free frogurt. We recommend you avoid the ambiguity by skipping the IKEA thing entirely and just building your wardrobe out of discarded shipping pallet wood.
Ikea's Challenge to the Wooden Shipping Pallet, Business Week.
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