The general environmental tendency is to purchase products that have the recycle logo included on the package. What is the recycle logo and how can it be recognized? From the graphical point of view, the recycle logo consists of three arrows chasing each other. The recycle logo was several times revised and it is presently accompanied by numbers that create a code necessary for the recycling process. To give you an example, the recycle logo accompanied by 1, indicates all the PET type of plastic that can be re-used in the manufacturing process. Plastic has always given rise to problems since various types of such a material cannot be mixed in the recycling process as they do not blend. They remain separated like water and oil.
To some people's opinion the recycle logo has become a little over-used, meaning that the pre-consumer or post-industrial type of re-processing is specific to almost any manufacturing technology nowadays. Producers often add scraps to the new product, so the initiative or re-using waste material is not new; nevertheless, it didn't appear out of concern for the environment, but rather for sheer economic interests, as large businesses saw another way of saving some money.
Any product with the recycle logo on it, clearly indicates that the material used in the processing is not all new. Moreover, this is also the clear sign that it can be further recycled in the ongoing process. The recycle logo has been imported even in the virtual space under the form of the recycle bin icon we all have on the desktops of our computers. Besides the arrow-like sign, there are other various symbols that have the recycle logo function; they help people make better use of the objects around them, while also contributing to preserving a green and clean planet.
The recycle logo can also vary in design according to the type of material it refers too; thus, a recycle logo for aluminum will be different from the recycle logo for steel, even if they are both metals. A very common symbol found particularly on paper and cardboard items is the RESY sign: this clearly indicates that the package of the product is part of a recycling program and any recycling company will actually accept it. One thing is for sure, such logos and special symbols now used in our consumer society are definitely supporting environmental efforts: all we need to do is care.