The UK egg processing industries produce more than 15,000 tonnes of eggshells every year. By our estimates, eggshells as industrial co-products from the UK alone lead to the generation of more than 60,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide from landfilling every year.
Meanwhile, the mining industry releases thousands of tons of Greenhouse gases every year while extracting and purifying the limited ground Calcium Carbonate reserves.
The major component of eggshells is Calcium Carbonate, a substance that is extensively used in the food, feed, pharmaceutical, construction, manufacturing and a host of other major industries.
We discard large volumes of Calcium Carbonate through landfilled eggshells while burning fossil fuel trying to mine it from the ground. In today’s environmentally conscious world, this is unacceptable.