Lately, a colleague of ours has been asking folks around the office to bring in their egg cartons. She needs as many as she can get, and will continue collecting them indefinitely. They're not being saved for a project involving a school; can you guess what she's collecting them for?
The local food pantry has begun accepting eggs from older hens at the community's own organic farm. The hens live an idyllic, pastured life, and though the eggs from the older hens are still delicious and packed full of nutrients, the color of the shells is lighter than that of younger hens, making them less popular at market.
And since the farm can't sell them, they're donating them. Patrons of the food pantry can pick up fresh eggs week-round, and will be responsible for bringing back the cartons for a refill.
We think this is not only a great way to reuse egg cartons, but also a fantastic way for a community to gain exposure to a beautiful, pastured product that's healthy for the folks as well as for the land.