Impacting a change starts with a group of people making smaller changes and talking about their choices to others. This is certainly true when it comes to influencing brands to make a switch in their packaging from single-use plastics and styrofoam to more sustainable packaging like 100% recycled paper packaging. It starts small and can spread over time to build a movement.
Some Instagram users have already picked up new habits when purchasing their eggs from the supermarket. Many have chosen to purchase egg cartons that are made from 100% recycled paper packaging because they’re recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable.
From Breakfast and Breakfast for Dinner, these users just upped their meal by using eggs packaged in 100% recycled paper cartons:
Gathering around the table for recycled paper crafts with the kids, there is a community of Instagram users who love doing #egg carton crafts. We hope they use the opportunity to talk about recycling and single-use plastics while getting creative:
There are 3.6 billion egg cartons produced in North America annually. Nearly half of these are still made from single-use plastics and polystyrene foam. Only 9% of all plastics are actually recycled, 12% is burned, and 79% of plastics and polystyrene foam sticks around and takes 1,000 years to decompose. 8 million tonnes of plastic, including plastic and polystyrene foam egg cartons, end up in the oceans and get swept out into plastic islands.
Next time you’re out shopping for groceries, make the switch and start purchasing your eggs in recycled egg cartons instead. Moulded fibre packaging is made from post consumer paper like newspaper and office paper. It is 100% recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable.
Are you cooking, baking, or crafting? Share your photos with us using 100% recycled paper egg cartons and share what other swaps you’re making to replace single-use plastics and polystyrene foam in your household! Use #ditchplasticpackaging on Instagram. Check out our account at @ditchplasticpackaging for more tips on what you can swap next!