The American West is in the midst of a severe water crisis. The Colorado River Basin is one of the most severely stressed bodies of water in the United States, supplying water for agriculture and industry and relied on by over 40 million people across seven states as a source of drinking water. After two […]
Referred to as the biggest climate change deal since the Paris Agreement, the UN Environmental Assemblies agreement to end plastic pollution aims to address the international plastic crisis through lifecycle analysis, design, and encouraging technological advances to minimize waste generation. The agreement will result in an internationally binding legislation by 2024. The world is moving […]
Plastics are incredibly convenient materials. Glass is transparent and aesthetically pleasing, metals are sturdy and easily shaped, paper is lightweight and cheaply produced. But plastic can be any or all of these at once. Plastics are extremely versatile and can be tailored to nearly any need, which has led to the rapid rise of plastic […]
Package Design Guide
Trayak and Climate Collaborative teamed up to create a Climate-Smart Package Design Guide. Companies can use it as a reference or a starting point to improve the environmental impact of their packages. Several key strategies that can help inform decisions and solutions are outlined. The guide details a general package design process using Trayak’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software, COMPASS. The tool can evaluate current packaging, test out materials, weights or processes, and quantify any improvements from design changes.
The guide has two examples that show environmental reductions from implementing sustainable strategies. One of the examples is a case study from the company Danone North America examining their So Delicious almond milk product packaging by designing a recyclable bottle. COMPASS enabled them to quantify the decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by analyzing changes to the design of the almond milk bottles.