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Carton Take Back Program

By Nellie's Kindness Crew

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At Nellie's Free Range Eggs, we have always led with kindness and compassion. Our hens aren't the only part of that equation: the Earth needs to be cared for, too. In 2013, Nellie's became a Certified B Corporation, but since long before that, we have been making decisions that take into account the health of our planet and environment, starting with our recycled (and recyclable!) packaging.

Our Earth-friendly egg cartons

In 2012, we made the decision to put some critical thought and research into our carton design. We commissioned a study that found our cartons to be more Earth-friendly than other types, including molded paper pulp and Polystyrene.

Our cartons are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. In many parts of the country, there’s a surplus of recycled soda bottle plastic, and each carton puts that surplus to good use. When recycled again, our cartons are significantly less harmful to the environment than recycling pulp packaging, consuming far less energy and water, with no waste or added chemicals.

Why take back egg cartons?

Choosing to recycle is a thoughtful decision that we all try to make daily, and we've made that decision easy: our cartons are made from the world's most widely recycled plastics (#1), so they are readily accepted by most recycling programs. This means that when you send your Nellie's Free Range Egg cartons to a municipal recycler, they're given a chance to be made into new packaging. If you live in a state or county that doesn't recycle #1 plastics, our Take Back program is a great choice.

How to join our Take Back program

Simply store your empty cartons until you've collected at least ten. The more you collect, the better! Transportation has a carbon footprint too, and shipping back larger batches at a time helps keep that footprint low. Once you have a hefty carton collection, "nest" them in a recycled box, then send an email with your name, mailing address, and the number of cartons you'll be mailing back to [email protected]. We'll send you a prepaid label to attach to your box. Drop your box off at the local post office and go about your day knowing that even a small action can make a big positive impact on our planet.

Comments

Karen DluhosDecember 14, 2019

I love the idea and opportunity to do this!!! The plastic packaging was a deterrent to my purchase. I want to confirm this is still an available process.

Nellie's

Hi Karen! Thanks for reaching out. We are absolutely still offering our take back program. Feel free to drop us a line and we can get you more specific information on how to get these cartons back. [email protected]!

Jain, Katherine CNovember 20, 2019

I wish some of this info was on the container that I did not buy because of the plastic. good job

Nellie's

Hi Katherine! Thanks for the suggestion. We wish we were able to put more information on the carton as well. Due to some required information and space constraints, we unfortunately can't put everything we wish we could include on our packaging. Thank you for taking the time to read through our website!

Jessica WeselohNovember 19, 2019

We LOVE Nellies... we raise our own chickens and other farm animals.. And when we aren't getting fresh eggs we are buying ONLY nellies!!! Thanks for your Quality products and for loving the animals it came from!

Nellie's

Hello Jessica, your message warms our hearts. We're so glad to hear that you are raising and enjoying your own flock. Thanks for choosing our eggs when you buy them!

Gretchen LeenaartsNovember 10, 2019

For a while, after trying Nellie's the first time, I'd switch around and try another "organic" egg. I decided to stop the nonsense. Nellie's are the best tasting, unless you have your own chickens. I'm not switching again

Nellie's

Your loyalty means the world to us, Gretchen. We're thrilled that Nellie's will now be your egg of choice. Thank you so much for supporting our free range farms and happy hens!

Sandy ForesterOctober 23, 2019

I have older chickens, so no egg laying anymore. But they're my babies. I've tried EB, not impressed, and then saw yours. Tried them and absolutely LOVE them. They are as close to what my chickens used to lay. The yoke is vibrant. You know they are good eggs and they taste wonderful. EB's Yokes are faded. Thank you for a GREAT product. I will start saving your cartons.

Nellie's

This is music to our ears, Sandy! We're so glad that our eggs remind you of the ones your girls used to lay - that's a huge compliment. Thanks for your care and concern for our planet!

Karen PetersOctober 18, 2019

I love 'Nellie's' eggs! I recycle the empty cartons locally. Karen

Nellie's

We're so glad to hear that you're able to recycle the cartons, Karen. Thanks for supporting our small family farms!

Debbie GanoungOctober 18, 2019

We LOVE your eggs. I currently have a recycling program that accepts #1 plastic, but I'm happy to know that if that ever changes I can utilize this program. Thank you for thinking about our planet, Debbie Ganoung

Nellie's

That's wonderful, Debbie! We're so glad to hear that you're able to recycle the cartons locally. We're here if you need us!

PennyOctober 13, 2019

I have been looking for a true free range egg option. That u use recycled plastic in your cartons is wonderful. You have my business

Nellie's

We're so thankful for your support and kind words, Penny! Thanks!

Diane HeitmannOctober 13, 2019

this is great! Our recycling just STOPPED taking this kind of plastic and its just so hard throwing them out. I will save them up!

Nellie's

That's great, we look forward to getting the cartons, Diane!

Gayle HooverOctober 13, 2019

This is great! We can recycle #1 plastic in our area, presumably, at least it's accepted by the collectors. However, I always wonder about the label inside. Can it be recycled with the carton, or does it go into "film" plastic recycling, like plastic bags and wrappers?

Nellie's

HI Gayle! Great question. Typically we recommend removing the paper from the carton and recycling separately. We generally find that the paper (made with some recycled paper to begin with) will work in the mixed paper recycling bins. Thanks!

Caren Jill FeinbergOctober 12, 2019

This is awesome! Thank you!

Nellie's

We're so glad to help, Caren! Thanks for your support!

LenaOctober 12, 2019

What a wonderful idea. I only wished I knew this before, cause I buy only Nellies eggs. I will definitely start to save them to send back. Thanks.

Nellie's

That sounds wonderful, Lena! We look forward to taking the cartons back and recycling them again!

Rachel SetolaOctober 12, 2019

I love your clear egg cartons! I'm using them to store Christmas ornaments in - keeps everything neat and tidy and visible!

Nellie's

Great idea, Rachel! Thanks so much for sharing!

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