We get a lot of questions about use of the recycled/recycling logo.
Your green printer thought it would be a good use of space to explain the various logos and what they actually mean. The mobius loop is the international symbol of recycling that consists of three chasing arrows, twisted to form a triangle. It can widely be seen on bins, drink cans, bottles, and of course paper products.
First, a little history: 34 years ago, a US paperboard company (CCA) wanted a symbol to promote their recycled content. Gary Anderson, a graphic arts student from UCLA, won their design contest for his 3 chasing arrows. His inspiration was a design known as the Mobius strip, devised by a mathematician of the same name, which illustrates a surface that has only 1 side and no end. CCA’s William Lloyd later revised the logo. The plastics industry has added numbers inside the logo to designate the type of plastic used in production of products such as toys and drink bottles. There are currently three predominate versions of the logo used in green printing.
We hope that this clarifies the proper usage of the logos. We have vector versions of all versions of the logo available for our customers use — just email support and we’ll send them to you. If you are participating in our green printing program, our green rhino symbol will indicate both the recycled content and the use of soy inks in your project.