The Digital Product Passport is a technological solution that gathers data on the responsibility, raw materials, and product safety of products. The Digital Product Passport can be used to gather data about the different stages of the value chain, such as the use, maintenance, and recycling of products. The data may then be utilised by parties such as the producers of raw materials, materials, and products, or by the authorities. The Digital Product Passport also makes it easier for consumers to purchase more responsibly. The increased transparency promotes more sustainable production methods and accelerates the transition to a circular economy.
The Digital Product Passport is coming
The European Commission has requested industries’ solutions to develop a Digital Product Passport. The project of Finnish Textile & Fashion and Technology Industries of Finland examined the concept of a Digital Product Passport, especially from the point of view of battery and textile products, but the concept was made universal enough that it can be applied to different industries.
“The Digital Product Passport concept shows us a safer, more sustainable, and transparent future of products. In practice, it will facilitate a more efficient circular economy,” said Saana Tikkanen, Solita’s Sustainability Lead.
The Digital Product Passport will be an important tool for companies. It provides information about the product’s carbon footprint and sustainable operating methods and creates a market mechanism for responsibility. The introduction of the product passport is a long process and the goal is to implement it smartly so that it produces benefits for companies as early as possible.
“In the project, we found ways to build a system that describes product responsibility piece by piece, so that it can also be implemented in practice. Too many initiatives related to sustainability remain on paper,” commented Solita’s Design Lead Lauri Kieksi.
Listening to the perspectives and needs of companies when preparing the implementation of the Digital Product Passport and the legislation related to it is crucial for its success. The implementation of the product passport should happen in stages so that despite its complexity, the concept could be implemented for the use and benefit of businesses as soon as possible.
The Digital Product Passport is an initiative by the European Commission as part of the EU’s proposal for a new Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation. The working plan related to the regulation proposal has been scheduled for 2022–2024.
Solita, Saana Tikkanen, Business Designer, Sustainability Lead
tel. +358 400 704 693, [email protected]
Solita, Lauri Kieksi, Service designer, Design Lead
tel. +358 50 326 9069, [email protected]
Solita, Sami Köykkä, Senior Consultant
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