Nature’s Yoke Cartons Will Now Be Made from 100% Post-Consumer Paper – No More Plastic!

George Weaver IV and George Weaver III with Nature's Yoke New Plastic Free Post-Consumer Paper Carton

George Weaver IV (left) and George Weaver III (right) holding the new Nature’s Yoke’s 100% post-consumer paper carton filled with free-range eggs.

We at Nature’s Yoke are thrilled to announce our plan to eliminate plastic cartons! In 2019, we made the commitment to eradicate our single-use plastic in 2020. Now we are finally ready to share this commitment with you. Our hope is that, by working together, we can all make a difference in our planet. As a company, we couldn’t be more delighted, and we know you are too!

By eliminating all our plastic egg packaging, Nature’s Yoke will reduce the number of plastic cartons used within the egg industry by 4,560,090 cartons annually.  Lined up end to end, the over 4.5 million cartons would cover 864 miles. That’s nearly the distance between New York City and Chicago.

Nature’s Yoke is eliminating single-use plastic

The Path to Plastic-Free Egg Cartons

While the majority of our eggs have always been available in pulp cartons, some were packaged in a type of plastic known as recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET).

Until now, using rPET allowed Nature’s Yoke and other companies to make a significant step toward a safer, healthier environment.  The rPET’s had definite advantages over the previously used PVC (a material which is difficult to break down and extremely hazardous to humans and the planet). 

What Happened? Why is rPET No Longer the Best Choice?

The positive benefits of rPET have recently been negated by China’s ban on recycling plastics. But even more, there has been a global realization that individual recycling efforts alone are not enough to protect the planet.

While consumers and product producers certainly share responsibility for taking care of the environment, consumers have carried much of the load up to this point. According to a 2018 Scientific American article, More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution, it’s time for companies to take action! This means not offering single-use plastic as a packaging option to consumers. Period.

Quite simply, companies around the world must put an end to single-use plastic – and that’s exactly what we decided to do.

Why Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Makes Sense for Nature’s Yoke

As a family-run business that values thoughtful stewardship of resources, we have always been committed to doing the right thing. George Weaver IV, the fourth generation of Weavers to guide Nature’s Yoke, couldn’t have put it better:

“Along with the problems associated with single-use plastic, our decision to switch completely to renewable egg cartons reflects our 55-year commitment to sustainability, good stewardship and always considering future generations. The bottom line is that plastic is ruining our earth, oceans, animals and air. We understand it’s a challenging problem and there’s no simple solution, but where we see an opportunity to make better choices, we always will. Every small step counts.”

We are excited about the decision we’ve made and we can’t wait to begin to bring our new 100% post-consumer paper cartons to stores later this year – likely between July and September.

We also know that we’re not the only ones who have been eager to see Nature’s Yoke stop using plastic.

Listening to You

As we began to explore the financial and practical implications of going plastic free last year, we also began to hear from many of our customers. While they told us they loved that we offer organic, certified humane, and non-GMO eggs. They shared openly with us what they thought about our rPET cartons – and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Our Nature’s Yoke customers take the three R’s of environmental health seriously (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).  But recently many have also begun to practice the newest R to join the list … REFUSE.

Why are customers are excited about our news

Nothing pleases us more than knowing that our deep commitment to creating a healthier planet is shared by our customers.  In fact, the hardest part of all of this has been not being able to tell you … until today!

Why the wait?

We have very high standards (as we know you do too) regarding the type of non-plastic carton we want to use going forward. Finding the right carton took quite some time, as did finalizing the arrangements.

Now we are finally at the point where we can spread the news far and wide! While it will be a few more months before you see our new cartons in stores, we are WELL ON OUR WAY!

In the Meantime …

Stay tuned to our blog posts, and follow us on Facebook , Instagram,and Twitter to stay up to date on the launch of our new Nature’s Yoke cartons – and with them will come another surprise:

A whole new look that more perfectly conveys what Nature’s Yoke is all about! We’ll be telling you more about it very soon!

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We’ll be sure to keep you posted on everything that’s going on at Nature’s Yoke regarding our plastic free journey.  And of course we will continue to share delicious new recipes, tips for a creating a healthy, happy life and more.

Finally, help us spread the news about Nature’s Yoke’s decision to go plastic free. We invite you to do this by sharing this blog post on your social media channels and with your friends, family, co-workers and the other companies who carry your favorite products.

After all, it’s going to take everyone working together. That means consumers and companies alike.  Let’s all work together to make the difference our planet desperately needs us to make!