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The birth of the egg carton

The birth of the egg carton


The birth of the egg carton is an interesting story that involved the contributions of various inventors and entrepreneurs over time. While the exact origins of the egg carton are subject to debate, there are some notable milestones in its development.

One significant advancement in egg packaging came in the early 20th century when paper pulp molded trays began to replace older methods of egg transportation, such as using crates filled with straw or hay. These early trays provided individual compartments for each egg, offering improved protection, and reducing the risk of breakage during transportation.

In 1918, a patent was granted to a British inventor named Thomas Peter Hand, who created a paperboard egg box with individual cells. His design allowed for better organization and protection of the eggs, making it easier to count and handle them. This invention marked an important step forward in the evolution of the egg carton.

Further improvements came in the 1920s when H. G. Bennett and J. S. Litton developed the "Litonette" egg carton. This carton had a hinged lid that could be closed and secured, providing additional protection and allowing for easy stacking. This innovation made it possible for consumers to purchase eggs in smaller quantities without the need for additional packaging materials.

In 1921, Morris Koppelman patented an improved version of the egg carton made from cut, folded and glued cardboard and functions similar to today's egg cartons. The patent emphasized the ability for it to fold flat after use, which is a feature no longer considered important.

In 1931, American Francis H Sherman of Palmer, Massachusetts, patented an egg carton formed with pressed paper pulp that is recognizable as the modern egg carton used today.

Throughout the following decades, advancements continued to be made in egg carton design and materials. Plastic and foam cartons were introduced, offering different levels of insulation and durability. The industry also started adopting recycled paperboard as a more sustainable alternative to virgin materials.

Today, egg cartons come in various sizes, designs, and materials, catering to different market needs. They often feature branding, nutritional information, and other labeling to provide consumers with essential details about the eggs they purchase.



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The number of trees required to produce a thousand egg carton boxes can vary depending on factors such as the size and type of carton, the thickness of the paperboard, and the specific manufacturing processes used. 

On average, it takes approximately 0.5 to 0.7 pounds (0.23 to 0.32 kilograms) of paperboard to make one standard 12-egg carton. 

The paperboard used in egg cartons is typically made from recycled paper or a combination of recycled and virgin fibers.

Assuming an average weight of 0.6 pounds (0.27 kilograms) per carton, producing a thousand egg carton boxes would require around 600 pounds (272 kilograms) of paperboard.

The amount of paperboard that can be produced from a tree varies depending on the tree species, size, and quality of the fiber. However, as a rough estimate, it takes about 12 to 20 trees to produce one ton (2,000 pounds) of paper.

Considering an average weight of 600 pounds for a thousand egg carton boxes, you would need an estimated 6 to 10 trees to produce the necessary amount of paperboard.


When it comes to water consumption, on average, the water consumption for paper production can range from 2 to 15 liters per kilogram of paper produced. 

Using the average water consumption of 8 liters per kilogram of paper, the estimated water requirement for producing a thousand egg carton boxes would be around 2,176 liters (or approximately 574 gallons) of water. 

To make a thousand egg cartons / boxes the industry will use 574 gallons of water and around 10 trees.

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Wagner Krohling