Green Dot: When a recycle symbol doesn’t mean recyclable
November 6, 2007
Turns out the “Green Dot” is used on packaging in some European countries to show that the manufacturer has paid a fee to a national packaging recovery company.
So it does NOT have anything to do with the packaging at all!
It took far too much time for me to find this out. How can something so simple, be so unobvious.
- In the UK it may appear on packaging that’s (1) been imported, or (2) used on export packaging so the company doesn’t have to make special packaging for the UK.
- For an easy introduction — the Green Dot Licensing Company (a trading name of Valpak UK Ltd) manages the scheme in the UK.
- For everything there is to know about it — Der Grüne Punkt (or the Green Dot in English) from Duales System Deutschland GmbH which manages the entire scheme.
- It’s a registered trademark.
- It’s on Wikipedia: Green Dot.
That’s my homework done for the week.
This entry is part of the Infomancy Eco-Symbols Series.
But why did they bother with any of these slogans… or is it all just one piece of strangeness? (from the English and German Grüne Punkt pages above)
|Because values are at stake.||Weil es um Werte geht.||… “Because it’s about values” – not so much at stake in Germany?|
|An entire world.||Um Welt.||… “Umwelt” (as one word) means “environment” and “Um Welt” means “Around (the) world” or “About the world”. It’s a clever play in German, but it doesn’t work in English.|
|Value for people.||Value for People.||… so in German nouns get a capital letter, but why is it in English on the German pages?|
(Should I care?)