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The original recycling symbol was designed by Gary Anderson. He won a contest in 1970 – the year of the first Earth Day – at the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado out of over 500 entries. Gary’s original design had the triangle pointing downwards.

The internationally recognisable recycling symbol design of three chasing arrows is sometimes called a Mobius loop, based on August Ferdinand Möbius‘ – a 19th century German mathematician – discovery that a band of paper joined with a half twist forms a continuous single-edged, one-sided surface.

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100% recycled paperboard logo

Created in 1995 by the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, Inc. (RPA-100%), the 100% recycled paperboard symbol is displayed today on a wide range of products and packaging made with 100% recycled paperboard.

So this symbol is for recycled material – to show off the manufacturers’ green credentials -, but doesn’t mean that the material is recyclable again.

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