COMPASS is an online software application that allows Dordan engineers to compare the environmental impacts of their package designs using a life cycle approach. COMPASS helps Dordan engineers make more informed material selections and design decisions early in the development process; it assesses packages on resource consumption, emissions, and attributes such as material health, recycled or virgin content, sourcing, and solid waste.
COMPASS contains life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) data from raw material sourcing, primary packaging material manufacture, conversion, and end-of-life. Transportation and purchased electricity within these phases is also included. In addition, COMPASS includes end-of-life probabilities for waste scenarios such as recycling, waste-to-energy incineration, landfill, composting, and litter.
COMPASS offers the credibility of a well informed and rigorous development process. Its metrics and methodologies were developed through consensus by some of the best-informed members on packaging and sustainability within the industry and peer reviewed by a variety of outside stakeholders, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.