Product design to be key part of new Circular Economy Package


European Union Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella has said that product design will be an integral part of the new Circular Economy Package.

The European Commission has promised to introduce a new package later this year after withdrawing the previous legislative proposal at the end of 2014.

In an interview with Germany’s Recycling News, Commissioner Vella said that a broader approach is necessary because the previous proposals were too focused on the consumer side of the circular economy.

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He added: “We believe that it is possible to put a stronger focus on the production side, which extends beyond end-of-life waste management and starts at the product design.

“One example is the innovative eco-design solutions that make the products more durable and minimise the use of primary materials.”