Trayak Announces Updates to Sustainable Packaging Optimization Software Application: COMPASS®
The latest COMPASS 2020 method is now available inside EcoImpact. Trayak has recently released an update to the life cycle inventory (LCI) datasets used within the program for calculating the environmental profile of packages and products. These data updates will allow COMPASS users to create better packaging and product models and obtain more accurate calculations based on the latest published research.
- EcoInvent 3.5
- End of life data for the United States 2016 and 2017
- End of life data for China 2017
All Users have been automatically updated from EcoImpact-COMPASS 2018 to EcoImpact-COMPASS 2020 unless they requested otherwise during the notification period. Additional details can be located in the ‘Help’ section on EcoImpact. If you have any questions please send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trayak Sustainability Consultants Interviewed for WholeFoods Magazine, October 2019 Issue
Sustainability consultants Alison Younts and Sarah Zerhusen were interviewed for the October 2019 issue of WholeFoods Magazine. The article is titled “The Sustainability Shift in Packaging”.
Trayak and Climate Collaborative host Webinar series on 3 companies who improved their climate impact with EcoImpact software
CINCINNATI, OH – April 11th, 2019 – Trayak and Climate Collaborative have teamed up to host a Webinar series on three companies who used Trayak’s help to decrease their packaging’s environmental impact. This seminar will be on May 15th. Our CEO, Prashant Jagtap, will be the speaker.
Last May, Climate Collaborative shared an opportunity for three Climate Collaborative committed companies…
Trayak Sustainability Consultant Alison Younts to deliver presentation on Circularity at SPC Impact 2019
SEATTLE, WA – February 13th, 2019 – Trayak is pleased to announce that our Sustainability Consultant, Alison Younts, will be delivering a presentation on Measuring Circularity at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Impact 2019 conference.
As companies attempt to transition from a linear to a circular economy, there is a need for methodology and indicators to estimate the circularity of products & businesses.
Trayak CEO Prashant Jagtap to speak on the future of sustainable packaging and technology at SPC Impact 2019
SEATTLE, WA – January 22nd, 2019 – CEO Prashant Jagtap will be presenting on the future of technology and how it relates to sustainable packaging at SPC Impact 2019, a convention in Seattle WA centered around encouraging and developing more sustainable package design in many industries.
In the past few years many exciting hardware/software technologies have become mainstream in various industries creating exciting new applications.
Trayak Sustainability Consultant to offer Workshop on Sustainable Packaging Systems
CINCINNATI, OH – August 7th, 2018 – Trayak’s Sustainability Consultant, Alison Younts, will be presenting a workshop at the upcoming Pet Sustainability Coalition’s conference Impact Unleashed held through September 20th-21st in Denver, Colorado.
Trayak CEO Prashant Jagtap to speak on Panel at Climate Day 2018
CINCINNATI, OH – March 7th, 2018 – Trayak is pleased to announce that Prashant Jagtap, CEO will speak on a panel at Climate Day 2018, organized by the Climate Collaborative at Expo West. Climate Collaborative is a community of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, brokers, suppliers, and other concerned businesses from the natural foods industry working collaboratively to take bold action to reverse climate change.
The Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC) has announced a new partnership with Trayak.
CINCINNATI — January 9, 2018—Trayak, a software solutions company has announced a new partnership with The Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC), to provide Coalition members with access to EcoImpact, the nation’s leading sustainable package and product platform. The platform provides Comparative Packaging Assessment (COMPASS) using streamlined lifecycle assessments. Using COMPASS, PSC members can analyze individual, primary, secondary, transport packages and entire packaging systems to make better packaging design decisions that meet corporate sustainability goals.
Trayak is excited to announce the launch of its next generation platform EcoImpact.
CINCINNATI – April 21, 2017 – EcoImpact empowers companies to drive sustainability initiatives by being the first sustainability platform to operationalize product and corporate sustainability goals. This robust platform, provides a suite of standalone or embedded solutions that will allow an entire product and packaging portfolio to be designed and manufactured with sustainable strategies.
MyGizmo Integrates Technology and Sustainability to Offer Consumers a Unique Way to Use and Own Electronics
CINCINNATI – December 12, 2016 – The MyGizmo platform empowers consumers to prevent electronic waste by allowing anyone to participate in the ‘sharing economy’ for electronics. MyGizmo leverages a user’s networks and local community to create a social marketplace for buying, selling, and trading of new and used gizmos. Trayak first piloted the MyGizmo App in the Mason, OH community and received valuable user feedback. This feedback spurred continued market research and a major round of development. Today the application has been released in the US and in selected global markets.
Mason Community Takes Stand Against E-Waste
Cincinnati, OH; Sept 7, 2016- Trayak, the authority on product and packaging sustainability, has recently concluded an E-Waste initiative designed to recycle nearly 500 Lbs. of obsolete electronic devices. For three weeks, residents and organizations throughout southwest Ohio’s city of Mason recycled unused mobile devices, tablets, and other electronics as a part of Trayak’s E-Waste drive. At the campaign’s conclusion, it was reported that an estimated 1,500 Lbs. of electronic waste– three times the program goal — was collected and eliminated from landfills.
Going Green with Sustainable Design Engineering
Desktop Engineering; July 1 2016, Jessica Luka – There is a lot of design that can go into one package. And, to create a good design, engineers must create something that is not only structurally sound, but also aesthetically appealing to the average consumer. To meet these goals requires the use of design, simulation and now lifecycle applications as integrated engineering workflows expand to include sustainable design processes.
According to a report by Mordor Intelligence, the current market for global green packaging is expected to reach $274.15 billion by the year 2020. This includes packaging that is recyclable, reusable or degradable.
MyGizmo™ Announces Updates to App
CINCINNATI, OH; MAY 25, 2016 – Trayak, the authority on product and packaging sustainability, announces version v1.2 of its mobile app, MyGizmo™. MyGizmo, a social networking platform, allows users to manage their electronics, while also giving a method to connect new owners with their unwanted electronics. This extends the life of electronics, preventing electronic waste within landfills and creating an answer to a growing problem.
Trayak has recently revealed enhancements to multiple features of the app. Users can now complete transactions through the Stripe payment platform integrated within the marketplace. This creates an easy and secure transaction system that users can manage effortlessly. Buying and selling between consumers is now simpler than ever.
Trayak Announces Enhancements to Sustainable Packaging Optimization Software Application: COMPASS®
CINCINNATI, OH; MAY 9, 2016 — Trayak, the authority on product and packaging sustainability, announces enhancements to COMPASS, its industry-leading Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) software application. COMPASS is a cloud-based comparative packaging assessment solution that benchmarks design alternatives against sustainability metrics. This allows designers and engineers to quantifiably measure design and material choices in pursuit of more sustainable packaging.
TRAYAK has recently released an update to the lifecycle inventory (LCI) data sets used within the program for calculating the environmental profile of packages. These data updates will allow COMPASS users to create better packaging models and get more accurate calculations based on the latest published research.
Other enhancements include:
- The ability to model PCR content in additional materials like Polypropylene (PP), Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE).
- Improved Carbon footprint calculations based on latest IPCC GHG factors from their latest guidelines.
- Enhanced End-of-Life (EOL) scenarios from the latest published research for US, Canada, and the European Union.
- The ability to model packaging scenarios that are manufactured in and sold in various global regions – now including China and Mexico.
Trayak’s MyGizmo™ Puts Sustainability in Everyone’s Hands
Mobile App helps keep unwanted electronics in use and out of landfills
CINCINNATI, OH; JANUARY 21, 2016 — Trayak, the authority on product and packaging sustainability, announces the release of its mobile app MyGizmo™. The app is available for both iOS and Android platforms. This new social networking app puts used, but functional, electronics into the hands of new users. MyGizmo extends the use of mobile electronics and promotes a circular economy by redistributing products that would otherwise find their way into landfills. For more information; or to download the app visit trayak.com/mygizmo.
This app allows the average consumer to become a part of a growing trend to leverage previously owned electronic devices. Whether driven by new levels of social consciousness and/or the cost of new electronic devices, the used device market is growing rapidly. Electronics consumers are beginning to realize that even if a device is deemed obsolete, it still has value. As an indication, sales of used smartphones alone are expected to reach 257 million in 2018, up from 53 million in 2013.
For better packaging designs, take an integrated and measurable approach to sustainability: Putting data to work
Oct 9, 2015 Packaging Digest: Today brand owners and retailers are tasked with adopting both internal and external sustainability goals. They are pressured by customers, investors and stockholders to benchmark, track and communicate progress. An integrated lifecycle approach holds the key to achieving sustainability success.
The key: A data-driven process
Traditionally, due to the limitations of tools, packaging design tended to follow a serial process. Results from this largely reactive approach were incremental, at best, when compared to that of a holistic product/packaging solution. Using tightly integrated best-in-class tools fed by lifecycle data generates results that are exponentially greater.
Today, from design and manufacturing through end-of-life recovery, sophisticated software is available to collect, analyze, report and support all facets of the product/package sustainability process. Access to complete lifecycle data not only allows companies to measure current sustainability success; but more importantly allows that data to be leveraged in creating more innovative, sustainable products and better processes.
SPC Advance Conference
SPC Advance is the event for sustainability professionals across the packaging value chain to come together to collaborate, learn, engage, and ask questions about the issues that matter most for moving sustainability forward in your organization
Trayak President & CEO Prashant Jagtap to host workshop
CHARLOTTE, NC, Oct 6, 2015 Top Tools For Evaluating Product and Packaging Sustainability:
This workshop will provide an overview of three packaging design tools that are valuable individually and powerful when integrated: COMPASS, EcoImpact, and redipoint.
Participants will first learn the benefits of conducting streamlined life cycle analyses during the packaging and product design phase throughout an in-depth overview of the features and functionality of two tools:
- COMPASS, a streamlined life cycle assessment tool created by the SPC to provide direction when evaluating package design decisions. COMPASS uses industry average data to produce estimates of environmental impacts for eight sustainability indicators as well as a set of useful sustainability attributes.
- EcoImpact, offered by Trayak, which allows a range of life cycle impact assessment methods to be used to evaluate the environmental characteristics of products and packages
Trayak Acquires Ownership of COMPASS® A Leading Packaging Assessment Solution
Cloud-based solution benchmarks packaging design alternatives against sustainability metrics
CINCINNATI, OH, Sept 9, 2015 Trayak, the authority on product and packaging sustainability, announces that they have acquired ownership of COMPASS®, a comparative packaging assessment solution. Trayak and GreenBlue have partnered for more than four years in developing COMPASS with sponsorship from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC). GreenBlue will continue as a strategic partner and an authorized representative of Trayak’s software solutions.
COMPASS empowers packaging designers to make more informed material selection and design decisions early in the development process. Accessible through the Cloud, COMPASS allows packaging designers to quickly and confidently evaluate, quantify, and compare the human and environmental impact of design and material decisions throughout a product’s complete life-cycle. The program provides comparative reports of package design options, based on fossil fuel consumption, water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and human and aquatic toxicity.
The results are more informed material selections and design decisions early in the development process, which optimizes packaging sustainability and bottom-line profitability.
Trayak Selected by CIO Review for 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Solution Providers
Annual list showcases the 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Solution Providers. Trayak makes it to CIO Review’s top Manufacturing Technology Solution Providers list for providing manufacturers with a portfolio of enterprise consulting and software solutions using sustainable strategies to design and manufacture eco-friendly products.
FREMONT, CA, Oct 28, 2014: CIO Review (www.cioreview.com) has chosen Trayak for its 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Technology Solution Providers. The positioning is based on Trayak’s creative technology solutions that aim to bring real innovation to product sustainability area especially in the Product Design, Engineering and Manufacturing phases of the product lifecycle. Their goal is to make sustainable product design easy, mainstream and profitable.
Trayak: Green is Lean “Towards Innovations in Design and Manufacturing Sustainability
A few years ago, corporate sustainability practices were being adopted by only a niche group of companies. Today, if you indulge in a conversation with any CEO around the world, the need to reduce a company’s environmental footprint and potential liabilities while contributing to a leaner and greener planet, inevitably surfaces as a growing concern. Burgeoning from this need “Trayak,” meaning “protector,” offers consulting and software solutions to manufacturers with a focus on product sustainability aiming for an eco-friendly future. “Whether you believe in the current environmental crisis or not, everybody agrees to be lean, and as engineers, we want to find an engineering solution,” opines Prashant Jagtap, CEO of Trayak
20 sustainability apps that made waves in 2013
1.The Pharos Project: An initiative of the Healthy Building Network, the database is designed to encourage transparency when it comes to the contents of everything from carpets to roofing members. It is used by about 300 companies to manage more than 50 million square feet of real estate. After a 30-day free trial, the service costs $17 per month (there are pricing discounts depending on subscription length).
2. iStreem A Web resource for members of the American Cleaning Institute, this tool predicts the concentration of chemicals used in down-the-drain products. It covers more than 10,000 wastewater treatment plants and 200,000 river miles across the United States.
3. COMPASS (aka Comparative Packaging Assessment) Allows packaging designers and engineers to compare the human and environmental impacts of up to four designs side-by-side. The resource was developed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, part of GreenBlue. The free trial version allows for comparison, but you can’t import or save data.
Inside Method’s Method of Design: May 11, 2011
Packaging design is a central focus of Method’s product development process. We take pride in designing beautiful, function-oriented and durable packaging. But how can the packaging design process be used to address the impact of producing millions of plastic bottles each year?
With impacts on energy use, carbon emissions, and downstream waste creation, how can we take a page out of “Cradle to Cradle” and make our packaging footprint a positive one?
Method’s focus on packaging design started early. In 2001, the co-founders Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan penned a Hail Mary email to Karim Rashid, one of the best-known and respected industrial designers in the world. They asked Rashid to redesign some of the world’s most ubiquitous products: dish soap, hand wash, and surface sprays. To their surprise, Rashid wrote them back. He came on as Method’s chief creative officer, tasking his studio with reinventing the mundane product forms found on grocery store shelves across the country.