Meaningless: the Recycle Symbol.

Via on Oct 11, 2010

The recycling symbol is completely, utterly, literally meaningless?!

The symbol is recognized from all over as a way of  doing a good deed for the environment. It is really misunderstood and can be put on…well, anything. You could legally put it on a can of oil, or toxic nuclear waste, or a Hummer, or a jet plane. Like the word “natural,” it’s pure marketing. The only time it means something, of course, is when it specifies what the recycle symbol means: Plastic #1 means something. Recycled Paper means something.

But the arrows on their own? Nothing.

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4 Responses to “Meaningless: the Recycle Symbol.”

  1. [...] in the building. The first room that I went in was the mailroom. Oh yes, it had every kind of recycling that you could imagine. A place for the obvious: paper, plastic and for the little more tricky: [...]

  2. ARCreated says:

    EXCELLENT!!! as a staunch "anti-plastic" proponent I will of course spread the word!!

  3. [...] 1. Earth Balance! Nice name, horrible (hard to recycle) plastic. [...]

  4. [...] So, the takeaway: “all natural” means nothing. It’s just a made up expression with zero legal definition or certification. So does the recycle symbol, btw. [...]

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