Plastic Packaging Symbols: What Do They Mean?

June 6, 2016
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These cryptic symbols are hidden on all kinds of plastic products. You’re probably familiar with seeing them printed on the bottom of soft drink bottles.

But why are they there and what do they mean?

The numbers are there to indicate the type of plastic that you have in your hands.

The three black arrows that feature as part of the design are known as the Mobius loop. It’s an internationally recognised symbol that means that the product can be recycled. Its use in this design is to prompt the consumer to think about how to recycle their waste plastic.

The problem with this design is that it isn’t particularly self-explanatory. It’s far too easy to forget which symbol refers to what plastic and how it can be recycled. What’s more is that some plastics are notoriously tricky to recycle and some are even toxic.

Consequently, it’s crucial to understand what you’re dealing with. This guide aims to provide you with a concise explanation of what plastic you’re dealing with and how it can be recycled.

Plastic Packaging Symbols


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