Plastic pallet company Intelligent Global Pooling Systems, Orlando, Fla., has helped plant 200,000 trees in the Deschutes National Forest, with a total of 300,000 trees in the U.S. through the National Forest Foundation.

Lewis Taffer, chief marketing officer, said iGPS has been donating money to the forest foundation on a per-pallet rental basis since November 2008.

The idea came from a 2006 article in Pallet Enterprise, a wood pallet trade industry publication, that said 7.2 billion boardfeet of timber is used for wood pallets every year, Taffer said.

“Our basic ethos is one of environmental protection — that’s why we launched the campaign,” Taffer said.

Before focusing on the Deschutes National Forest, iGPS paid for 100,000 seedlings for the San Bernadino National Forest, ending that campaign in May 2009. Each forest was chosen through consultations with the NFF, which identifies areas need reforestation. The company’s effort totaled more than $100,000. Prices of seedlings fluctuate over time, Taffer said, and this time the NFF was able to use the contribution to its fullest.

“It’s our small way of trying to reverse things,” Taffer said.