The recycling symbol is used worldwide, but there’s no emblem for the act of reuse. We challenge you to design a universal reuse symbol.
Earth911 hosts the nation’s largest, most accurate recycling directory, but we’re the first to admit that recycling is only one solution to the daily problem of waste. In many ways, waste reduction and reuse are just as importation as recycling.
In 1969, a recycled paperboard company issued a challenge to art and design students across the U.S. to raise awareness of environmental issues. Gary Anderson, a college student at the University of Southern California, created the icon now known as the universal recycling symbol.
Today, the recycling symbol is universally used and internationally recognized. In this spirit, Earth911 challenges students, organizations, design firms and everyday consumers to think outside the chasing-arrows and design a universal reuse symbol to help spread the word about the importance of reuse and waste reduction. Much like the recycling symbol is used on products and bins, this universal reuse symbol can be utilized by anyone looking to encourage or inform reuse possibilities for products and materials.
Submit a design from July 18 to August 22 (noon Pacific Time). The Earth911 design team will select designs that will pass to the voting round. From August 23 to September 6 (noon Pacific Time), we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the public in selecting the winner.
Wednesday, July 18
Wednesday, August 22
at 12:00 PM PDT
Thursday, August 23
Thursday, September 06
at 12:00 PM PDT
Monday, September 10