A Hungarian graduate student has developed a new design for an egg carton. The designer, Otília Andrea Erdélyi, wanted to create an egg carton that uses as "little material as possible".
According to the Budapest-based developer, with her 'Egg Box' creation, she wanted to develop an "innovative package using a small amount of material" and her design is a one-piece container.
The egg carton is constructed of natural microwaved cardboard, and eggs are placed into ellipse-shaped cuts, notes Erdélyi. Consumers can easily see at a glance if any eggs are broken.
"The consumer can get the eggs by the turning of topside," Erdélyi said.
Design Milk reported that although the eggs are exposed, they won't break due to the ample protection afforded Erdélyi's design. Additionally, another benefit is the stacking capability afforded by the design.
Treehugger notes the environmental benefits. The box uses little material, but is still efficient, and totally recyclable.
This egg crate was developed in Fredericksburg, Va. by Stuart Ellis, an inventor. This device enabled eggs to be mailed.
Since the July 9 posting about the product was shared by Erdélyi, it has received many positive comments, including adjectives such as "great", "clever" and "clean", repeatedly noted.
Back in the early 20th century an inventor by the name of Stuart Ellis changed the standard for mailing eggs with his reusable metal egg container, considered to transform egg delivery during that era.
One of these old egg cartons was housed at a Northern Virginia museum, Manassas Museum, in a special exhibit.
Whether or not Erdélyi's new egg carton goes mainstream remains to be seen since its a new development, however, if its an improvement over current egg carton standards, it could easily take off. Perhaps most appealing would be its environmentally friendly and feasible design.