"Make Your Mark," is a nationwide design competition for a symbol that represents "bioplastics" creator of the recycling symbol, Gary Anderson will be among the judges -- the Designer of the winning symbol will receive $25,000. The symbol will indicate that a product is made from "green," bio-based material, not petroleum-based material.
The contest is similar to that of the recycling symbol contest launched forty-one years ago in which Gary Anderson won the competition that produced the globally recognized recycling symbol we see on recycled and recyclable products today. Mr. Anderson is among the panel of judges for the competition. The winner will receive $25,000 and international recognition.
Frederic Scheer, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast said
Cereplast's competition represents our commitment to educating and helping consumers make smarter purchasing decisions that help preserve and protect our environment ... Companies are increasingly looking at bio-based plastics made from renewable resources like corn, wheat, and algae as an alternative to petroleum-sourced plastics in order to meet soaring consumer demand for economically and ecologically sound, 'green' products. The bioplastics symbol will enable consumers to easily identify products made from bioplastics, similar to the globally recognized recycling symbol we see on thousands of plastic products
This environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastic has become so adopted that big retailers and brands like Walmart, Target, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Dannon and even Fed-Ex carry products and packaging made from bioplastics.
The Make Your Mark bioplastics symbol contest is open to legal residents of the United States. Entrants are required to submit a symbol design that, when stamped on a product, will clearly serve as an indication that the product is made from bioplastics. This new symbol will serve in a similar fashion to how the recycling symbol is used to identify products that are made from recycled materials and/or are recyclable.
It is mandatory for the design to have the ability to be "single-color," or colorless, and easily identifiable. Design submissions need to include three variations to symbolize the end of life options for the product -- whether to compost or recycle it.
The three variations include: a general bioplastics symbol; a version identifying compostability; and a version indicating recyclability.