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By Jesse Laflamme
In 2013, we became a Certified B Corporation, joining 963 B Corporations in 32 Countries in 60 Industries whose people believe in using business as a force for good.
Traditional corporations measure their success by the profits they earn for shareholders—but B Corporations are committed to creating benefits for all stakeholders (workers, suppliers, customers, community, and the environment). They follow three guiding principles: Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Profitability, in all the decisions they make as a company.
The B Corporation movement was started by B Lab, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Its third-party certification program verifies sustainable business practices, in the same way that Fair Trade USA certifies coffee, or Humane Farm Animal Care certifies that our free range eggs are produced humanely.
To be certified, we must regularly earn a minimum score on B Lab’s B Impact Assessment—a comprehensive set of standards that measure our overall social and environmental performance. Learn more about the Assessment standards here.
The Certified B Corporation seal on our cartons is your guarantee that we aren’t just talking about running our business in a socially and environmentally conscious way—we are living those values and always will. It’s just—well, good business!
To find out more about B corporations and the standards we follow, visit www.bcorporation.net.
So is it true that your chickens are pasture raised and live that way? You say your eggs are NOT organic like your sister company, Pete and Gerry's. Why not?
Hi Kim, our hens are raised free-range, which is actually very similar to pasture-raised. The main difference between the two is in the regulation of space per hen. We have an article discussing that directly if you're interested to read more. As far as organic certification, we've chosen not to use USDA Certified Organic feed to keep costs down for our consumers.
We love Nellie’s Free Range Eggs.
They are delicious and the reason we first started buying them was because they are Free Range.
Thank you for your kind message! We're so glad to be a "B" Thanks for voting with your shopping dollars and supporting our humane farming practices!
Your's & Pete & Gerry's (Also yours) are the only store bought eggs I purchase now because your values are my values, and your products are quality. I like to believe you're a company that's doing everything right & I support that. It's worth the prive & it's important that consumers vote with their dollar. It makes a difference for animals & humans. (Good to know about your B-corp status.)
Hi Daniel! Thank you so much for supporting us with your shopping dollars. We're so proud to be a B Corp and to be Certified Humane as well. Comments like yours remind us of why we continue to do what we're doing.
Thank you for sharing this information. I was not aware of the B Corp status until now. Almost all of this is good. Most importantly are the environmental impacts which all forms of farming can impact in a very negative way. One area that is glossed over (I went to the B Corp site and checked out a handful of other corporations and how they are ranked) is diversity. Almost all B Corp score very low. I hope that in today's world, that this not only changes very soon but B Corp companies make it very clear where they stand.
Hi James! Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and share your thoughts! We're so glad to hear from folks like you who put intention into the dollars they spend, and choosing to support B Corps is a wonderful place to start. We couldn't agree more that welcoming and encouraging diversity is one of the most important aspects of being a B Corp, especially with eggs being such a central ingredient in food from cultures across the globe. Feel free to check out this blog to learn more about how we celebrate culture through food here at Nellies: https://bit.ly/2PFwljb
Why didn't I find you sooner? This is my dream of food production. I am happy to pay the reasonable premium to escape from the brutality and mindless sloth of mainline food industries.
Hello Kathleen! We're so glad to hear that you found our eggs! Thank you for supporting our small family farms and our humane farming practices!
Hello.. love Nellie's eggs.. & to know chickens are treated well makes me happy.. Just noticed it looks like only 1 Nellie's farm in NH? Were is it located.. wish there were more.. & what do you consider small farm.. how many chickens? Love the whole concept.. I'm a NH animal lover♥️
It's always great to hear from another animal lover, Christine! We have a few family farms here in New Hampshire, though we're unable to share their exact locations out of respect for our partner farmers' safety and privacy. While flock size varies a bit from farm to farm, the average farm's flock size is about 20,000 hens per barn and no more than two barns on one farm. A two-barn farm is the largest operation a family can typically run without needing to hire outside help, and we believe our hens are treated best and kept happier and healthier if their care isn't outsourced. Let us know if we can answer any other questions for you!
I just read about your B corporation status! Good to know! Regarding your plastic egg cartons...we either recycle them in our area or we gladly give them to our local farm for their use in selling their eggs! Reduce-Reuse-Recycle! Thank you!
Thank you for the kind comment, Theresa! And more importantly, thank you for ensuring that our cartons get another life, one way or another!
I am saving my last two empty cartoons to return to you, but will do so only after accumulating a good number. In doing so, of course I am forcing myself to stick with this brand, a thing I don't usually do. This will increase your sales.
Hi Corrine, we'd be glad to take those cartons off of your hands once you have some for us. Feel free to send us a message to: [email protected] and we'll be glad to get a prepaid label out to you!
Wonderful! It says so much about how we can move in the world to create something good for all..Thanks for the best eggs and all the good that comes from them.
Hi Marsha. Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice note. We're so proud of our partnership with our small family farms, for without them we could not do what we do. We'll work hard to keep up the eggcelent work!
Best eggs EVER!! Happy hens, great eggs! Thank you!
Hi there! Thanks so much for your kind words and for supporting our happy hens from small family farms!
Hard to peel? I never had a problem. I boil eggs by bringing a saucepan to a boil, putting in a dozen, letting it boil again then turning OFF the heat. They sit for 20-30 minutes and done. And easy peeling.
Great method, Lawrence! We might have to give it a try some time.
Wow! Lots of work goes into this marketing.
All I know is that your eggs make my recipes fluffier and tastier.
Cluck cluck to ya happy chickens!!
We're honored to have your support, and we'll be sure to send your friendly clucks to our girls, Layne!
I look for these labels - organic, certified humane, non-GMO, Fair Trade, when buying groceries. They mean a lot to me. It's important that I can support humane treatment of animals and fair treatment of humans, and feed my family healthy organic products. So glad there are Nellies certified humane organic eggs - thank you!
We're so glad that our eggs fit the bill, Irene. Thank you for being a conscientious and informed consumer!
I buy your eggs because I support the most humane treatment for animals, but I also care about the over all health of our planet. You say your cartons are environmentally friendly, but they are made of plastic. Is this really better than the paper cartons?
Thank you for your commitment to our planet, Marcia. We share that commitment, so we decided to choose materials for our cartons based on a life cycle analysis that deemed 100% post-consumer recycled plastic more earth-friendly than paper. If you like, you can read more about that research here: https://www.nelliesfreerange.com/blog/are-paper-or-recycled-plastic-cartons-better-for-the-environment.
It's important to me to buy certified humane eggs and I love Nellie's eggs, so I buy them regularly, but my municipality (Schenectady, NY) does not recycle plastic egg cartons and I feel very guilty throwing them into the trash. I don't know how often this is true of other towns and cities, but it is a concern!
Roxanne, do you mind sending us an email? We'd love to send you the details of our takeback program so that you can mail your cartons back to us to be responsibly recycled. You can reach us at [email protected]
Thank you for all you do! With the world full of food recalls, it is a comfort to me that my family isn’t affected. I was born and raised on a small family farm in Michigan, I am aware of the work it takes to stay pure to the roots of farming. Thank you again!
Thank you so much for this kind comment, Catherine. It's an honor to provide you and your family with eggs that you can trust. We couldn't do it without your support!