Frequently asked questions

Egg Packaging

Isn't the clear plastic carton harmful for the environment?

The plastic used in our egg package is made from recyclable post-consumer plastic. The cartons that now contain the eggs, once contained a soft drink stored in clear plastic. These pop bottles are ground down into fine pieces of plastic and then melted again to form plastic sheets that are molded into egg cartons. We chose a type of packaging that enabled us to differentiate our package graphics, that protect our fragile product and is recyclable and made from recycled materials. The recycling facility not only uses blue box pop bottles, but it also digs bottles out of landfill sites and puts them through a special washer! The container is also recyclable and our supplier does not use any new plastic.

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Isn't foam packaging filled with CFC's?

The foam used in egg packaging is no longer extruded with CFCs or any other ozone depleting substance. Egg packaging companies have avoided these compounds since the harmful effects of CFCs on the ozone were discovered back in the 1980s. There are blue box programs in Canada that accept foam in their recycling program.

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Is foam packaging recyclable?

Foam is recyclable, however, it is less expensive to extrude it from raw materials than it is to recycle it and therefore there are not many facilities for recycling foam.

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Isn't fibre packaging better than foam or plastic?

All packaging has some sort of environmental impact. Because fibre packaging is made from recycled paper, which is recyclable and biodegradable, we lean towards using it. However, there really is no strong favourite when weighing the pros and cons of each. De-inking agents are used to produce fibre cartons, which are not needed for foam or plastic. Landfill sites are designed so that nothing breaks down in them so the biodegradability is really not relevant. However, fibre and plastic can be recycled if the cartons make it to the recycling facilities. With the fibre egg cartons, the quality of the paper is so poor that it has to be combined with lots of high-grade paper in order to create an adequate quality paper product. Egg cartons are basically last in the recycling hierarchy and the poor quality lowest grade paper tends to be used for them. The plastic is readily recyclable and there are facilities for this. There are not adequate facilities for recycling foam. Foam and plastic take less energy to extrude - a hidden benefit that is really not that obvious. There is better graphics potential with foam and plastic. It is really tough to say which is better, but for the most part we have chosen fibre and plastic. Fibre because it is recycled, recyclable and protects the eggs well in transport. Plastic because it is recycled, recyclable and provides great graphics quality so that our specialty eggs are noticed by people looking for something different. We also have lots of regulation text that we have to put on our specialty egg that we can easily fit on the paper insert for the plastic carton, but not on our fibre cartons.

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Have you changed your best before date code labeling?

Best before date codes on plastic and fibre cartons are now being printed by laser technology as opposed to stamping the cartons with ink. This process is CFIA approved and is safer, cleaner and uses less energy than traditional physical stamping with ink.

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