It has been 50 years since the first Earth Day! The initiative began when people recognized the need to take better care of our earth. On that day, thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment and there were coast-to-coast rallies in communities.
By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act. Source: Earth Day
Pallets Are Sustainable
Wood pallets are an important part of the supply chain, and they are also a sustainable product. We are proud to be part of an industry that has a high commitment to sustainability and care for the environment. According to the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA), "The recycling of wood pallets and wood packaging material is being done at a very high level throughout North America." NWPCA article
A wood pallet is used over and over, repaired when it gets broken, and put back into service until it can no longer be repaired. At Hay Creek Companies, we do everything we can to be environmentally responsible. We refurbish and recondition pallets, and if they aren’t up to pallet quality, we can reclaim the wood for bioenergy.
Pellet Fuel Bioenergy
To manufacture our Hay Creek Premium Wood Fuel Pellets, we reclaim wood that might otherwise be sitting in a landfill or be burned up on a scrap pile. We grind up broken pallets and scrap wood and remove all of the metal and debris, and then compact the shavings into wood fuel pellets and recycle the metal. These wood products have outgrown their use in the packaging industry but are naturally very dry wood after being used as circulating pallets for years. This makes the scrap wood perfect for pellets. Pellets are 100% wood and there is no other binding agent in them but the natural lignin in the wood.
Pellets are considered biomass energy. Biomass is any organic biological material derived from living organisms that stores energy from the sun. The wood we use to make our pellets was once part of a living tree, therefore, our product is a biomass fuel source. The source is sustainable in that trees continue to grow, and they are carbon neutral, making wood a desirable source of earth-friendly heat. Learn more in our article on carbon neutrality.
Wood Pellets in Wisconsin
According to the Pellet Fuels Institute, a 40-lb bag of pellet fuel can provide up to 24 hours of solid heat. A ton of pellets is 50 bags, with each bag weighing 40 pounds. A winter’s supply of wood pellets is about 100-150 bags—depending on climatic and lifestyle variations.
We have pellet distributors all over Wisconsin. Check out our dealer page, to find a source near you. If you don't see one in your area, let us know and we will take the lead to look for possible distributors in that area.
Are you curious about how using a pallet multiple times for shipping can help the environment? Check out the Wood Waste Calculator at Nature’s Packaging.