April 15, 2009

Wood or plastic?

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association put out a press release yesterday about the possible toxic hazards of plastic pallets because they contain the flame retardant deca-bromine. Non-fire retardant plastic pallets, meanwhile, can pose fire hazards according to the group.
"We recognize that alternative materials each have their place, and competition breeds innovation and quality improvements," said Bruce Scholnick, president of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association. "But if new technologies prove to be harmful or risky, it needs to be excluded from use. There are alternative fire retardants. Let's face it, they may be more expensive, but what price does one put on human health and our environment?"

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