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With Klimatkompassen®, we at Tingstad, together with the research institute RISE, have produced the largest climate calculation for disposable items ever made. A simple climate tool so that you can easily compare, for example, paper cups, disposable cutlery, food packaging and get the answer to the question - What is the best option to for the climate?

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We are convinced that the best choices when it comes to sustainability are the choices we actually make. In order for all of us, from producers to consumers, to be able to change and do the right thing in the way our planet needs, it must become easier to choose climate smart. Therefore, together with the RISE Institute, we have developed the Klimatkompassen® - a simple tool that makes sustainability more comprehensible and comparable.

The Climate Compass is a big step in the right direction, but does that mean we are done? Far from. Today, disposable materials are consumed and discarded at an ever-increasing rate. At the same time, the demands for sustainable solutions are increasing. Our goal is to change our own business through clarity and transparency, but also the ranks both in front of and behind us. With the Klimatkompassen®, we want to create a sustainable system where the entire market has access to the decisions made in previous stages, but also provide an understanding of what the decisions mean at the end of the chain.


Why Klimatkompassen

En tillförlitlig vägvisare.

We know a lot about our products, but so far there has been no reliable way to answer the crucial questions: what is really the smartest choice for the climate in the end? Which material should you choose? Is locally produced more important than fossil-free raw material? How important is it that the product can be recycled? Does it matter if the product arrived in Sweden by boat or truck?

We wanted to delve into this to see if we can make sustainability into something accessible, comprehensible and, above all, comparable to the climate impact of our disposable products. Even though these are complex issues with an infinite number of different perspectives, we can no longer let that stop us from taking the steps we can on the path to a more sustainable market for our products. Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something. With Klimatkompassen®, we want to give the market a guide that can help make difficult sustainability decisions a little easier.

About Klimatkompassen

What affects the climate rating?

Together with RISE, we have identified the four most important climate categories:

  • Materials
  • Circularity
  • Transport
  • Production

The climate categories are weighted together through a weighting method that RISE has developed based on research and experience in sustainability, environmental analyzes and circular economy.

How does the tool work?

Klimatkompassen® takes the tempo of four very important environmental aspects – so called climate categories. Each category affects the climate differently, which the tool takes into account and indicates. 

Depending on how well - or poorly - a product performs in the four categories, the tool calculates a total climate score. Klimatkompassen® shows the total score, but also visualizes how much the different climate categories affect in each individual product. In this way, you get a simple comparison figure, and at the same time an understanding of what lies behind the result.

The tool is not a life cycle analysis. In addition to the fact that such need to be made individually on each product, they are costly, time consuming and difficult to compare with each other. The goal of Klimatkompassen® was to create a sharp tool that makes it really easy to choose more sustainably, and which at the same time takes into account the most important climate categories. It was also crucial for us to find a model that can be applied to all our disposable products, so that the tool can generate as much benefit as possible for us, our customers and the rest of the market. Together with RISE, we have developed a model that is scientifically verified and comprehensive enough to make a real difference, while at the same time being simple enough to actually use.

Climate categories and points


The material is a climate category with a high impact. This simply means that products with a high proportion of renewable or recycled raw material play a significant role in the product's final climate score. Klimatkompassen® assesses the high proportion of renewable or recycled raw material that the product consists of. The higher the percentage, the higher the ecopoints.


How efficiently the product can be recycled back into new materials and products through recycling is another important climate aspect. Therefore, in Klimatkompassen® we have taken into account the unique properties of each material from a recycling point of view. In addition to this, it is also assessed what the availability of the existing collection system looks like for the material. But it does not fulfill any major climate benefit if the material is both collected and can be recycled if there is no aftermarket for the recycled material. In practice, this still results in landfill or incineration. Therefore, Klimatkompassen® also takes into account whether there is an aftermarket for the recycled material. The circularity of Klimatkompassen® has been assessed on the basis of Swedish conditions and systems.


The assessment is based on established carbon footprint data for transports, produced by RISE. Tingstad's import flows have been entered in the tool with regards to transport distance, type of transport, fuel type and load size. In practice, this means that well-optimized transport flows can have a relatively low carbon footprint, even if they are transported several kilometers. It is not a general value, but each product is assessed and scored according to Tingstad's unique import conditions for that particular product.


The type of energy used in production plays a major role. Renewable electricity as wind power has a lower carbon footprint than fossil energy as coal power. The tool takes into account the type of energy that has been used in production. An extensive data from RISE with different countries' electricity mix and carbon footprint is the basis for this assessment.

Compass points.

The product's performance in each of the four climate categories, weighted against how heavy each category weighs, is compiled into a final value. This value is presented on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is the lowest sustainability score and 5 is the highest. Klimatkompassen® then visualizes the value of each product in a simple way that makes it easy to compare all products that have been assessed using the tool.

For more information:

Johanna Ossiansson, Miljöchef Tingstad

Tatjana Karpenja, Projektledare RISE


Se the Klimatkompassen film


Material guides.

It is important for us to help our customers make informed decisions. Therefore, we have developed a material guide to make it easier for you as a customer.

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Reduce the plastics in your restaurant.

Plastic detox is a concept that has become popular recently. Here you will find tips on how you can reduce the use of platic in your restaurant. 

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Communicate with your customers.

Here we have collected material that you can use in the communication to your customers. Signs that tell your customers about the material you have chosen, labels that tell you that your business has transitioned to more sustainable products or an appeal to help reduce debris in Sweden.

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Plastic and disposable packaging.

Plastic and packaging have become a symbol of our unsustainable lifestyle. But are plastic and disposable packaging just bad? Here you can read about the advantages and disadvantages of plastic as a material, alternatives to plastic and what is happening in the industry.

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Knowledge rules.

In our knowledge center you can get tips about different products, materials and you can find guides that can help you in your daily work rutine. Here you will find for example information about how to recycle different materials for tips and advice when starting a restaurant.

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