Eggs are a constant concern for grocers, as they are among the most breakable perishables in the grocery supply chain. To solve this problem, many egg producers package their eggs in foam cartons, with the goal of eliminating shrink by keeping eggs in a softer container that can absorb damage. Unfortunately, EPS foam is well known for its harm to the environment, tendency to fall apart while in use, and high cost of production. As such, suppliers and retailers feel stuck between sustainable packaging that allows more eggs to be damaged, and a soft foam packaging solution that doubles as an environmental tragedy.
The Indefensible Problem of Foam Egg Cartons
While EPS foam containers do successfully lessen the damage caused by the supply chain, they are terrible for the environment. As a result, they are well on their way to being banned entirely. In fact, hundreds of local governments in the United States have banned foam containers, some of them since as far back as the late 1980s. New York State announced a similar ban as recently as last December.
The bottom line is this: not only are foam containers a sustainability nightmare, they will eventually be banned, leaving no choice but to seek another option.
The Secondary Packaging Solution that Saves the Day
Why does the grocery industry use foam even though it is so damaging? For argument’s sake, let’s say your eggs are travelling down the road in corrugated boxes. Those boxes are built to contain, not protect, so their weak outer walls tend to crumple, leaving your eggs vulnerable to the weight of the stack above. Once those eggs get to the retailer, in-store representatives have to take each carton out of the box and place them on the shelf one by one, allowing even more incidental damage to occur. To help protect their product, egg suppliers use foam egg cartons to add a little cushion and make up for the failures of corrugated.
There is a better solution for transporting eggs: Tosca’s retail-ready, reusable plastic containers for eggs. In these hard plastic containers built to protect eggs, the need for foam packaging becomes obsolete. You can house your eggs in paper cartons that are harmless to the environment and rely on RPCs to keep eggs safe from bumps on the road. Tosca egg RPCs are so protective that they are proven to reduce shrink by at least 50%. With the protection and durability that our egg RPCs offer, you can take foam cartons and the environmental melee they cause out of the equation.
Contact us today to request a free sample and see how a solution that offers superior protection and performance can revolutionize your egg supply chain.