Before their recent surge in popularity thanks to Pinterest and the DIY craze, wooden pallets were not something most of us ever thought of. But they are prolific in the background of modern life and make so many things we take for granted possible.
Researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have understood the importance of pallets for decades, and are continuing to support the industry by signing a new memorandum of understanding with the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA).
The agreement allows the two organizations to work together toward mutually beneficial goals, such as developing environmental product declarations for pallets, and using urban wood or trees from forest restoration projects for pallet production.
“It’s a natural partnership with great potential,” says Brent McClendon, NWPCA President and CEO.
FPL Assistant Director Mike Ritter agrees. “With the agreement, we have recognition that there are a number of potential opportunities where FPL and NWPCA can work together,” he said.