Aside from timber pallets, plastic pallets are also seen as a viable option. But in some circumstances, it actually may be much better to use timber pallets.

In this guide, we will show you why you should choose timber pallets over plastic pallets. All whilst providing supplementary information to help you find the best solutions, and the answers you need.

A and M Pallets Ltd is an established and respected supplier and producer of a wide array of pallets. Our services are designed to provide many industries with safe, strong and superior pallets of many varieties.

Our solutions are sure to help those in need of pallets for all sorts of logistical needs. We provide full pallet delivery and collection services in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, and Avon.

What are pallets used for?

Both timber (wood) and plastic pallets are incredibly versatile tools used extensively in logistics and material handling. Here’s a breakdown of their common applications:

Timber Pallets

  • General purpose shipping: Due to their affordability and relative strength, timber pallets are widely used for transporting a vast array of goods across various industries. From canned goods to building materials, timber pallets provide a stable platform for secure stacking and transportation.
  • Storage: Pallets are essential in warehouses and storage facilities. They elevate goods off the ground, protecting them from moisture, dust, and potential damage from flooding. This also allows for better organization and space utilization with the use of pallet racking systems.
  • Export Shipping: Many countries have regulations regarding the use of natural materials for international shipping to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Properly heat-treated timber pallets often comply with these regulations, making them suitable for exports.
  • Reusability and Repurposing: Timber pallets are typically reused multiple times within a supply chain. They can also be repurposed for various creative projects like furniture, garden structures, or even home decor.

Plastic Pallets

  • Food and Beverage Industry: Plastic pallets are often preferred in the food and beverage industry due to their smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces. This helps maintain hygiene standards and reduces the risk of contamination.
  • Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries: Similar to the food industry, plastic pallets are favourable in these sectors because they are often resistant to chemicals and corrosion, making them suitable for various products.
  • Cold Chain Logistics: Plastic pallets can be better suited for cold storage environments because they are less susceptible to moisture absorption and warping compared to timber pallets.
  • Reusable Transport Containers: Some plastic pallets are specifically designed for use within reusable transport containers. These containers can be stacked and transported efficiently, protecting goods from damage during shipping.
  • Durability and Long Lifespan: High-quality plastic pallets can be very durable and last for many years in demanding logistics applications.

Are there other pallet options besides timber and plastic?

Yes. There are other pallet options available outside of timber and plastic. Though, it is worth considering that these options will also have their own list of pros and cons. The suitability of these options is purely subject to your needs, so be sure to conduct research before making a financial commitment.

One of the best ways to understand the benefits of these options is contacting and asking the supplier what these pallets can be used for etc.

Below are additional pallet material options:

  • Corrugated Cardboard Pallets
  • Metal Pallets
  • Composite Pallets
  • Paper Pallets

Why choose timber pallets over plastic pallets

Why choose timber pallets over plastic pallets

If you are new or unsure as to what kind of pallet you require, and which one works best for you, it can be daunting and confusing to decide between wood or plastic. That’s why we have provided a guide on the features of both options, to help you decide which suits you better.

Here’s a breakdown of the reasons why you might choose timber pallets over plastic pallets:


The first reason is generally the most important option, as it can help you to save money. And that is costs. Typically, timber pallets are cheaper than plastic pallets, especially for one-time use applications.

Environmental Impact

  • Timber pallets are considered a more eco-friendly option in some cases. Wood is a renewable resource, and timber pallets can be recycled or repurposed at the end of their lifespan.

Depending on where you go to source your timber pallet, you can also be contributing to positive environmental practices, and helping local sawmills, both of which are guaranteed when buying a timber pallet from A and M.

  • While plastic pallets can be durable and reusable, the manufacturing process for plastic can be energy-intensive, and some plastic pallet recycling programs have limitations. Additionally, not all plastic pallets can be recycled.

Weight Considerations

  • Timber pallets can be strong and effective for a wide range of weights, depending on the wood type and construction. For very heavy loads, both timber and plastic have strong options available.


  • Damaged timber pallets can often be repaired relatively easily by replacing broken boards or reinforcing weak spots. Repairing plastic pallets can be more difficult or impossible, depending on the type and extent of the damage.


  • Timber pallets, if not reused or recycled through proper programs, biodegrade over time, although this can take years in landfills.

Additionally, if they are safe enough to use, timber pallets can be repurposed to a variety of things such as furniture fittings. As long as the person doing the repurposing is creative, there is no limit to what can be achieved.

Disposing of plastic pallets responsibly can be more complex, as the nature of plastic itself makes it difficult to recycle. Though, like its wooden counterpart, there is a potential for it to be repurposed.

Other factors to consider:

  • A potential downside of timber pallets is that protruding nails can snag or damage products being transported. Careful inspection and using the right pallet for the application can help mitigate this risk.
  • Weight: Plastic pallets can be lighter than timber pallets of similar size, which can be a benefit for transportation costs.
  • Sanitation: Plastic pallets might be easier to clean and sanitize for applications requiring strict hygiene standards, such as food transportation.

Ultimately, the best choice depends on your specific needs and priorities. If cost, environmental impact, and repairability are major concerns, timber pallets might be a good option. However, plastic pallets might be preferable for specific situations like hygiene requirements or if the pallets will be reused many times.

How to order new timber pallets

How to order new timber pallets

The easiest way to order new timber pallets for your needs, and to your specification, is by contacting A and M Pallets Ltd.

A and M Pallets Ltd is a leading supplier of various pallets for over 30 years. We know many of our customers have unique needs, this is why we cater specifically towards your exact preferences. We have the ability to design and manufacture almost anything you can ask for in a pallet. So what makes us special?

We cater to any quantity:

Need one pallet or a thousand? We’ve got you covered. For complete peace of mind, we offer samples so you can experience our premium craftsmanship first hand before committing to a large order.

Sustainability matters:

We source only virgin wood stock from the most responsible suppliers in the UK, supporting local sawmills and promoting environmentally conscious practices throughout our industry.

Experience the A&M difference:

Our time-tested production and delivery process ensures a smooth experience, getting you the high-quality pallets you need, exactly when you need them.

What to expect from new timber pallets

When you receive your new timber pallets, you should expect the following as standard:

  • Professional delivery: Expect careful handling of your new pallets.
  • Brand-new condition: Pristine wood, free from damage or wear.
  • Uniform construction: Consistent size and build for reliable stacking. (relative to your specifications).
  • Smooth surfaces: Safe for handling and minimizing product damage.
  • Standardized sizes: Compatible with most racking and forklift systems.
  • High-quality timber: Exceptional strength for heavy loads.
  • Optimized storage potential: The pallets can be stacked efficiently.
  • Streamlined operations: Their strong constitution results in faster loading, unloading, and overall workflow.
  • Long-lasting durability: Get years of reliable service from your pallets.

Purchase timber pallets today

How to order new timber pallets

As the South West’s largest independent producer and supplier of new and reconditioned pallets, we at A and M Pallets Ltd pride ourselves on providing unrivalled services and the best possible pallets since 1989.

Our hard work, in addition to our loyal and ever-expanding customer base, has allowed us to provide comprehensive coverage through the South West and further afield though our four sites in St. Austell, Tavistock, Launceston and Willand.

Producing over 45,000 pallets a month, you can be sure we will have what you are looking for, whether it is used pallets, new pallets, plastic pallets or ISPM15 heat treated pallets, we are here to help.

In this guide, we hope to have shown you why you should choose timber pallets over plastic pallets. Whilst providing helpful additional information, including our unparalleled services. Our expert team is here to help you on each step of your journey with us, for more information, you can contact us here, or find us below at:

Head Office:

  • Unit One Northcott Hamlet
  • Launceston
  • Cornwall
  • PL15 9RQ
  • T: 01409 211386
  • E:
  • Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

Austell Office:

  • Brighton Cross
  • Grampound Road
  • Truro
  • Cornwall
  • TR2 4HD
  • T: 01726 882122
  • E:
  • Mon – Fri: 8am to 5pm

Tavistock Office:

  • Haye Down Ind. Est.
  • Chillaton
  • Tavistock
  • Devon
  • PL19 0NN
  • T: 01822 860456
  • E:
  • Mon – Fri: 7am to 5pm

Willand Office:

  • 5 Willand Rd Bus. Park
  • Willand Road
  • Willand
  • Devon
  • EX15 2RF
  • T: 01884 841942
  • E:
  • Mon – Fri: 8.30am to 4.30pm