All products are designed, manufactured and sold under market constraints that evolve over time. Today, consumers are increasingly mindful of ethical considerations and the use of recycled materials. That's why providing data to business partners and consumers about these aspects of a product are both essential and challenging.

GS1 in Europe and W3C join forces to share their ideas regarding how to meet the EU Data Strategy and Circular Economy Plan and highlight the importance of a “standards-based information system” accompanying the flow of goods and materials in the circular economy.

This information system aims to create usable information about products and their instances and will help to store information about it. This will enable information exchange needed from product design through to the last step of dismantling the item and the reuse of its components. 

Implementation guidelines, the development of vocabularies, taxonomies and ontologies is the necessary first step to reach that ambitious goal.

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To know more about this paper please contact: Rigo Wenning ( at W3C or Francesca Poggiali ( and Phil Archer ( at GS1