Define 'circular economy'

When you start a circular procurement project, you must first determine what ‘circular economy’ means to your organisation. Remember to stay in tune with both national policies and local priorities: for instance, objectives regarding the biobased economy or the creation of local employment. You need to distinguish between the definition of the concept (‘A circular economy is …’) and a definition for a specific product group (‘A circular clothing item is …’).

Define your product group in preparation of your procurement project and validate your definition in a market consultation.


  • Make sure you have a clear definition of the circular economy, that serves as the starting point for your organisation.
  • Link the definition for your organisation to the local context and internal priorities.
  • For each procurement project, determine a definition that matches the context of the project.

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