Each of the three arrows in the recycling symbol has a meaning. The first arrow represents the collection of recyclables and the separation from the waste stream. The second arrow represents the manufacturers which take the recyclable material and make a new product from it. The last arrow represents consumers buying the recycled content products produced by the manufacturers. This is why many people say "you're not recycling until you are buying recycled content products."
Many common consumer products contain recycled content. In fact, it is very likely that you have "completed the loop" and bought recycled content products.
The first step in buying recycled products is learning to identify the recycling symbols
A product labeled with a recycling symbol containing no background shading means that the product can be recycled after it is used.
Products labeled with a recycling symbol containing shading in the background means that the product was made from recycled content material.