Q: Canadians are known for coming up with many inventions. This brilliant invention came out of the desire to reduce food waste. What is the invention?
A: The Egg Carton
“When newspaper publisher Joseph Coyle overheard the dispute between the hotelier and the deliveryman, he knew there had to be a simple solution.
The hotelier had grown frustrated because eggs delivered from a local farm were often broken. Putting all one’s eggs in a basket, although a risky proposition, was standard practice in 1911”
Mr. Coyle thought up a plan to make cartons with individual cushioned slots. He first produced the cartons by hand, then developed a machine to keep up with surging demand. The machine is now in the care of the Royal BC Museum. Source
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