Canada has the largest area of certified forests in the world. In fact, over 150 million hectares of Canadian forests are certified as sustainably managed. Less than 0.2% of our forests are harvested on annual basis(1)
Many people wrongly assume that wood pallets contribute to deforestation. Although new wood pallets are made from new lumber, trees are rarely harvested with the sole purpose of making pallets. Trees are cut down to produce building materials, furniture, and flooring. The lumber used to make pallets comes from the less attractive lumber left over, referred to as downfall.
When they get to the end of their useful life, pallets and packaging are dismantled and used in a variety of ways: energy recovery (heating), landscape mulch, animal bedding, soil enhancement, wood particle board or pressed wood pallets. (2)