Wooden Boxes: How To Extend Lifespan
Some manufacturers who need a long lasting storage and shipping solution will turn to non-biodegradable packaging, such as plastic, assuming its lifespan is much longer than wooden boxes. But did you know that wooden boxes can last for centuries?
Decay: Stand in the way
It's true. Earth's most valuable renewable resource does not decay when we treat it right. According to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report titled "Build Green: Wood Can Last for Centuries", decay is caused by microscopic thread-like fungi that attack the thick cell walls of wood.
To live, fungi need four things:
ㆍSuitable Food Material
So, what do you have to do to make sure your wooden boxes last for what feels like forever? The short answer is: you have to "stand in the way of decay."
Decay: It begins
If the all the conditions are right, fungi get their food from (you guessed it) wood!
According to the report, "controlling their growth usually results from depriving fungi of the one condition that is simple to control—water. However, water by itself does not decay wood."
So not surprisingly moist wood is more likely to decay. The reason for this is "the spores (like seeds of a flowering plant) from which decay fungi grow and attach to wood cells are everywhere in the environment. If provided with enough moisture, these fungi will destroy the cell walls and weaken wood."
In the advanced stages of decay, fungi produce fruiting bodies (better known as mushrooms) on wooden boxes. You've seen them jutting out of the sides of trees, right? Well, according to the USDA report, "each fruiting body produces billions of spores that, when released, are blown about by the wind. If they land on moist wood, they may begin growing and start the decay process again."
Decay: How to prevent
To protect your wooden boxes from water, moisture and decay for a long-life you can:
ㆍUse a coating that forms a moisture-impervious film, such as paints and varnishes, while keeping the seal at wood junctures intact
ㆍUse preservative-treated wood
ㆍReduce moisture in your facility, storage areas, or other places where wooden boxes are kept
ㆍInstall special sheeting or covers
ㆍUtilize desiccants, moisture absorbing technology and other anti-corrosion methods.
Wood Boxes: Protect Investments
Wood boxes prove themselves to be a good investments over plastic packaging for their refurbishing opportunities as well. Wood elements of a package can easily be replaced no matter where you are in the world! Additionally, the cost of refurbishing typically doesn't exceed half the cost of a brand new container. All Win provides high-quality wood boxes. If you are interested in our products, please contact us now!