Egg Cartons: Invented by a Canadian

Lisa C. Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Nowadays, egg cartons are commonplace and familiar things that can be spotted in every grocery store. Standard egg cartons commonly have room for 4, 6, 12, 18 or 24 eggs.

Did you know egg cartons were invented by a Canadian?
  • Egg cartons were invented in 1911 in British Columbia by Joseph Coyle after overhearing a dispute over broken eggs between a local farmer and hotel owner.
  • Joseph Coyle was a newspaper man and part-time inventor. His designed the very first egg carton from newspaper, with cushioned slots for each egg.
  • The design was patented both in Canada and the US and eventually mass produced in his company the Egg Safety Carton Company.
  • To check out the diagram of the original design submitted for patenting, visit
Nowadays, an egg carton can be made of different materials:
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Clear plastic
  • Recycled paper
  • Molded and pressed pulp
Note that not all materials can be recycled. Read our latest Residential Recycling & Disposal Info for Newcomers to find out what types of egg cartons can be recycled.

Word of the Day:

Pulp: a soft and shapeless material made from wood, rags or waste paper