The three-arrowed recycling symbol comes from the first Earth Day in 1970. In response the ensuing surges of environmentalism, the Container Corporation of America decided they wanted a symbol to let consumers know which of their products were made from recycled materials, so they had an art contest. Gary Anderson, a 23 year old student at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, had the winning design out of 500 applicants, and the symbol eventually worked it’s way to being the label for recycled matierals.
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