Supply Chain Sustainability

At Conner, we understand that supply chain sustainability is important to our customers, partners, and suppliers.  While in years past manufacturers haven’t always prioritized environmentalism over product output and profit margins, today’s manufacturing industry is always looking for ways to create and maintain more environmentally friendly processes.  Many are looking toward supply chain sustainability to minimize their carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

We are committed to helping manufacturers improve their supply chain sustainability and believe that we can help mitigate the environmental impact of supply chains through the use of lumber, over other materials, in pallets, crates, and other transportation materials.  More than that, we are committed as a company to doing all we can to minimize our own impact in the manufacturing of industrial lumber products and transportation packaging.

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How Can Using Wood Improve Supply Chain Sustainability?

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95% of all pallets in the US are recycled multiple times before being turned into other materials.
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5 Million new trees are planted in the United States each day.
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New tree growth exceeds the number of trees harvest in U. S. forests by 33%.

Can Lumber Use Improve Supply Chain Sustainability?

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With the wide variety of materials available for transportation packaging, it may come as a surprise that lumber and wood packaging provide the most supply chain sustainability of any material currently on the market.  Lumber is one of the most effective and naturally occurring “carbon sponges” available – a term coined by environmentalists to define organic and inorganic carbon-capturing technologies.

When trees engage in photosynthesis, they take the CO2 from the atmosphere, separate the two compounds, and release oxygen back out into the atmosphere. The carbon is stored in the tree and used as a fuel for growth.  What most people fail to recognize, however, is that the carbon continues to be stored in a tree’s lumber after the tree is harvested.  Because of this carbon-capturing function, lumber products are considered carbon-negative materials and help build more supply chain sustainability into your processes.

The same can’t be said for alternative transportation packaging materials, such as plastic or steel.  The processes used to create these inorganic materials are considered to be the opposite of supply chain sustainability.  Using fossil fuels, plastic manufacturers isolate certain polymers in the oil and refine them to create plastic. This process is lengthy and causes mass amounts of carbon emissions from plastic manufacturing centers, and actually damages your supply chain sustainability.

When lumber products are used in the supply chain, businesses can rest easy knowing that they are reducing the carbon footprint of their company.

Responsible Harvesting

At Conner, we understand that the responsible harvesting of our natural resources is one of the most contentious issues we face tod