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Product passport as an enabler for circular flows of furniture

Radical changes are needed in how we use our resources. Products and components are used significantly longer, by more people and are recycled to a much greater degree than today. In many cases, there are technical solutions to start from or build on, but to get all the way, innovation is needed in how we collaborate between parties.

Digitization and information sharing provide the conditions to enable a leap in development towards circular flows. The project Product passport as an enabler for circular flows of furniture aims to prepare the Swedish furniture industry for the proposed EU product pass for furniture and together in the value chain further develop the concept of product pass to a driving force to promote increased innovation, circularity and competitiveness throughout the value chain. In a traceable system, similar to what a product passport requires, where information accompanies products, a number of actors, suppliers as well as customers and recyclers, can contribute to the products’ many and long lives.

The work is interdisciplinary and includes environmental and needs analysis, development and testing of technical solutions and prototypes, exemplification of business models and analysis of which system effects and system weaknesses need to be addressed to accelerate circular conversion through increased data sharing. The project is led by Chalmers Industriteknik, RISE and Antrop and brings together 15 partners from the entire business ecosystem for circular furniture flows; from manufacturers, retailers, recyclers and interior designers, to customers, industry and standardization organizations and technology companies.

Supports the UN sustainability goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
17. Partnerships for the goals
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