The Digital Product Passport increases the transparency of the product information and promotes the circular economy

Finnish Textile & Fashion and the Technology Industries of Finland created a Digital Product Passport (DPP) concept that serves different industries and promotes the green transition. In the future, digital product passport could collect information about the various stages of the value chain, such as product use, maintenance, and recycling.

The Digital Product Passport is a technology concept for a digital policy instrument that collects information about the value chain, sustainability, raw materials, and safety of products across different sectors. The DPP could also collect information about how products are used, maintained, recycled, and repurposed. This transparency is intended to encourage sustainable production, transition to the circular economy, provide new business opportunities for economic actors, help authorities verify compliance, and help consumers and end-users make sustainable choices.

The European Commission has asked industries for solutions for developing a concept for the Digital Product Passport. The Finnish Textile & Fashion and the Technology Industries of Finland tested the Digital Product Passport concept with batteries and textile products. The selected value chains acted as pilots for gathering input and feedback. Based on this, the concept was developed further to be applied to other industries and offered as a solution across the EU.

“The digital product passport has attracted a lot of interest in the textile industry. However, no concrete solution proposals have been available. So we wanted to be among the first to develop a solution that considers the needs of the industry,” says Katri Pylkkänen from Finnish Textile & Fashion.

“The digital product passport will be an important tool for companies in the technology industry. It provides information about the product’s carbon footprint and sustainable operating methods and creates a market mechanism for sustainability. Introducing a product passport is a long process. Now we have to make sure that the Commission implements it smartly to produce benefits for companies from the beginning,” says Jussi Mäkinen from the Technology Industries of Finland.

In implementing the Digital Product Passport and preparing the related legislation, it is vital to consider the perspective of Finnish companies and hear their needs. The Digital Product Passport concept is so complex, and actors’ needs are so diverse across industries. Therefore the DPP should be implemented in phases.

The Digital Product Passport is an initiative of the European Commission, which is part of the EU’s proposal for a regulation on the ecodesign for sustainable products. The work programme for the regulation is scheduled for the years 2022–2024.

For more information:

Katri Pylkkänen
Finnish Textile & Fashion
Advisor, products, materials, sustainability
+358 41 535 4379

Jussi Mäkinen
Technology Industries of Finland
Director, EU Regulation
+358 40 900 3066

Download the report:
Digital Product Passport: Concept (pdf)
Appendix (pdf)

Finnish Textile & Fashion
Finnish Textile & Fashion is the central organization for textile, clothing and fashion companies in Finland. We promote Finnish textile and fashion industry and our member companies globally.

Technology Industries of Finland
Technology Industries of Finland is the central organisation for technology industry companies, which promotes competitiveness and the operational preconditions for technology industry, the largest and most important export sector in Finland. A constantly developing technology industry creates the basis for the Finnish welfare state. Technology Industries of Finland has about 1,800 member companies.

Katri Pylkkänen

Products, materials, sustainability

+358 41 535 4379