Creative Sustainable Packaging Design

This egg packaging project has been floating around lately, and for good reasons – it’s a great example of sustainability design and was created by a young designer. This eco-friendly egg carton package design by student Maja Szczypek kicks up sustainability a notch. The “Eggs from Happy Hens” packaging design is aimed at folks interested in sustainability and organic food production.


“Happy Hens” egg cartons, Maja Szczypek / make me!, Lodz Design Festival 2013


“Happy Hens” egg cartons in three sizes with different labels

Interested in learning how to create your own sustainable packages? Be sure to listen to the “Pretty Green: How to Design Truly Sustainable, Truly Beautiful Packaging” designcast.

The “Happy Hens” design uses hay as packing material and is shaped into a form similar to a nest, drawing comparisons to this natural shape. According to  Aleksandra Kietla at Make Me!, Szczypek choose to stick to the familiar form of other egg cartons, including the dimpled space for the eggs to rest. But what made this entry stand out was that Szczypek created each package out of hay. The hay made the package “pleasant to smell and touch” and gives the feeling that the entire product  – packaging and the food – are 100% natural.



While working under Dr. Maciej Konoka at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Szczypek created the “Eggs From Happy Hens” egg carton design. This project was one of the finalists in the Make Me! 2013, a contest for young designers in Poland. MakeMe! is part of the Łódź Design Festival, an international event, which gives young artists a chance to show their work and become a part of the Polish design scene. Nearly 200 projects were entered in this year’s contest, and a panel of international judges choose 20 to display at the exhibition, including this project. Many of the other designs in this competition are also very clever approaches to a wide variety of fields.

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