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Circulor’s Material Traceability evidences recycled content specifics, underpinning key criteria of Digital Product Passports

As manufacturers begin to actively pursue their circular economy goals and ensure they adhere to the evolving regulations, incorporating and proving rising volumes of recycled content into their products will become increasingly important.

The benefits and advantages of recycling are already well understood: conserving and securing resources, reducing costs, minimizing environmental impacts, managing corporate reputation management, meeting shifting consumer demands for more responsible products, and building greater supply chain resilience.

Central to the recycling challenge is low visibility of the material provenance, as well as purity and inherited upstream activities. Moreover, equipping manufacturers with verifiable proof of a material’s characteristics is critical in freeing them from having to rely on claims and anecdotes. By 2026, the European Union (EU) plans to prohibit general environmental claims such as "climate neutral" unless properly substantiated. This move, as a growing effort to prevent greenwashing, will also scrutinize claims about carbon offsetting and green labels without accreditation.

Claims and anecdotes are wholly insufficient in evidencing recycled content. Circulor regularly encounters scenarios in which disparities are uncovered between claimed recycled content and actual recycled content. At times, the proportion of actual recycled content is, in fact, zero. Unsubstantiated claims around recycled content also carry significant risks as many manufacturers must ensure their products meet technical standards to accurately satisfy safety and quality requirements for their customers.

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