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Mobius Loop – The Universal Symbol

The 3-arrowed universal recycling symbol is familiar to many, but its history may not be.

Mobius Loop - The Universal Symbol

Image source: sciblogs.co.nz

Around the same time as the first scheduled Earth Day in April of 1970, a Chicago, Illinois company, then called the Container Corporation of America, held a contest to choose a winning symbol to represent paper recycling.

The business, which was a paperboard operation, was the leading user of recycled papers during this time. Open to students in the design or art fields, over 500 submissions were received for the competition. The entries revolved around the theme Environment by Design and were reviewed at a conference for international design.

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