Exposed Egg Carton Keeps Breakfast Safe With Less Waste

In our quest to live cleaner, greener lives, it should never be assumed that changes have to be big to have a big impact. Turning sugar into batteries or harvesting our body movements for energy are green technology breakthroughs that could revolutionize our world…someday. What we need more of are small changes that can drastically reduce our waste and pollution today.

The need to create more efficient versions of products we use everyday is what inspired Hungarian designer Otília Erdélyi to take a fresh look at the egg carton. Chances are, you’ve got one inside your fridge right now. The paperboard (or in some cases plastic) carton is designed to keep fragile eggs safe until they’re scrambled for breakfast. Erdélyi’s carton does the same thing, only it uses significantly less packaging.


Image via Otília Erdélyi/Behance

Instead of being made from several panels of material that completely enclose the eggs in a box, Erdélyi’s design uses only a single piece of natural microwaved cardboard, leaving portions of the eggs exposed.

As FastCo Design notes, the package’s elliptical cutouts that allow consumers to inspect the eggs without opening the box. And although the sides are exposed, Erdélyi insists that package still provides ample protection for the eggs, especially if it stays right side up. Eggs are accessed by flipping open the topside of the container.


Image via Otília Erdélyi/Behance

“My goal was to design an innovative package using a small amount of material,” writes Otília Andrea Erdélyi, who is currently a master’s student at Moholy-Nagy University. What do you think…was she successful? Would you prefer eggs stored in this type of a minimalist package? Tell us in a comment.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog


  • Reply August 4, 2012

    Danielle Huffaker

    Love it!

  • Reply August 5, 2012

    Angel K.

    This would change my life. I could actually grab an egg from the fridge with ONE HAND!!

  • Reply August 5, 2012


    Wow, that’s smart! I’d like to try it out to see how well it works. If this turns out to be a proficient design, I hope it becomes standard for egg packaging. I’m sure much less material will be used for the same amount and that’s great. A con for companies though might be less advertising and product information space. But maybe the reduced packaging cost will make up for it and then some.

  • Reply August 5, 2012


    Anything to reduce packaging. Why not take it a step further? I think this would even work as a sturdy reusable container for people to take with them shopping to pick out their own eggs.

    • Reply August 6, 2012

      Jason Hatter

      Having seen people in the stores inspecting eggs, I’m not sure I’d trust the average person to NOT break them. 

  • Reply August 6, 2012


    I think the idea is fantastic! I hope it is effective.

  • Reply August 6, 2012


    Great idea! “Reduce, reuse and recycle,” with reduce the BEST way to have less waste end up in the landfill. 

  • Reply August 6, 2012

    Rachel Cook Morey

    And of course it’s always a good idea to give your empty egg cartons to your chicken owning friends. That way the carton gets recycled and stays out of the landfill.

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