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The Sustainable Packaging Compass

Publication date: September 13, 2022
Organisation: KIDV

KIDV has developed The Sustainable Packaging Compass. With this tool, companies can determine the sustainability of a packaging product based on three pillars: recyclability, circularity and environmental impact. In addition, it is possible to compare the current product-packaging combination with other alternatives.

The Sustainable Packaging Compass

Update: this tool was launched in July 2021 and is updated in September 2022. 


The tool is relatively easy to use. It takes only twenty minutes to run through an entire scenario and obtain the results. To do this, keep the technical data of the packaging to hand, as well as information about the end-of-life scenarios of the packaging. Each pillar - recyclability, circularity and environmental impact - measures a different aspect of sustainability and this leads to an overall estimate of the sustainability of a package in the Dutch packaging chain.

At present, the tool can be used for flexible and rigid plastic packaging. The calculations are based on the current situation of sorting and recycling facilities in the Netherlands. KIDV aims to extend the tool to include the packaging materials paper, cardboard and glass in 2021. In co-operation with the Dutch Packaging Waste Fund, KIDV is also looking into the possibility of using the digital module of the Recyclecheck in the future when applying for plastic fee modulation. The Compass is updated annually on the basis of new developments.

To the tool

The Compass was built by RDC Environment on behalf of KIDV. The tool is only available in English. There are two versions of the tool. It is possible - without creating an account - to quickly evaluate a package, whereby the data is not stored. If a company wants to store and compare different scenarios, an account has to be created.

Click here to go to the tool.

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Read the interview with project manager Niels van Marle here

With The Sustainable Packaging Compass, we want to help companies determine which facet of sustainability can best be addressed."


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