Tupperware & BPA – 2 Years Later

I love stats. Something that is a record of growth is even better and I’m happy to say when viewing the traffic stats for Mommy Footprint, my blog continues to grow and flourish with new subscribers and people coming to the site. I also enjoy seeing what Google searches land upon Mommy Footprint and lately I’ve received a high number for Tupperware and BPA. I wrote about this topic back in June 2008 after wondering how Tupperware was handling customer concerns regarding their products that did contain BPA.  They were not arguing the fact that certain products sold did contain BPA – there was a section on their site that has now been removed that listed product names of Tupperware items made with BPA.  Now when you click on the link listed in my article from 2008 – you are taken to a page that describes which recycling codes are labelled on the bottom of NEW Tupperware products in the 2010 catalogue. So if you are trying to look up which recycling codes match your Tupperware pieces that are older than 2010 – this will not help you. Because Tupperware deemed their products ‘to last forever’ and therfore, never require to be recycled, they haven’t stamped the recycling codes on the bottom of their products (apparently this has now changed). By recycling code I mean the resin number (1-7) so that consumers are left to wonder if their product was made with polycarbonate plastic (number 7). I still have the list of products that was published back in 2008 from the Tupperware site if you are wanting to look up older Tupperware products that aren’t coded and you are concerned. They are listed at the bottom of this article.

My other reason for re-visting Tupperware and BPA was the surprise and disappointment in how Tupperware handled parents questioning Tupperware products when BPA entered the media years ago. The Tupperware view on the BPA situation was basically: we don’t think BPA is as dangerous because governmental regulatory agencies approve of the use of BPA , it is needed to produce certain Tupperware products, we don’t sell baby bottles, we’ve ensured that polycarbonate plastic is not in any of the children’s items we sell.  I wanted to re-visit the site and see what progress Tupperware had made over two years later. Another shocker – they haven’t changed their opinion!  I’ve taken a few hard looks at the Tupperware site over the last few days and they stand by the belief that BPA is an approved substance for use in food contact products.  For the entire blurb, click here to read. I guess my question would be then why effective March 2010, did Tupperware cease using polycarbonate for the small number of products sold in the US and Canada?  And with the millions of Tupperware products that have been purchased and used since it was introduced to consumers in 1946…why wouldn’t a refund be offered to someone concerned that their Tupperware item containing BPA? Yes, only 10% of their products were previously made with polycarbonate plastic (that contains BPA) but with the amount sold over the last 50 years – we are talking about a lot of plastic.  And if the products are made to ‘last forever’ – who knows how many Tupperware products 10 years ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ago were made with BPA?

The fact my site is receiving lots of hits on an article I wrote over 2 years ago about Tupperware and BPA – shows that people are still mystified by plastic products that were never labelled properly.  People that struggle with the questions “is it wasteful to throw something away when I’ve been using for years?”  ”Am I being paranoid about plastics?”  If you are finding my site because you are at a loss to know what to do with unlabelled Tupperware – phone their customer service department and get answers.

I’ve never owned Tupperware – it wasn’t anything I ever invested in although don’t get me wrong…I’ve purchased a fair amount of polycarbonate plastic in my life. My take on plastic today? Tupperware or otherwise?  Plastic is plastic. I think it’s one of the most damaging man-made materials ever developed. It was widely untested when first brought to consumers and companies like Tupperware marketing to moms stating their products would save busy moms time and convenience is a wonderful thing – especially for parents. So we bought what they said…hook, line, and now we suffer. These man-made, untested materials have brought our families the worst diseases and planet pollution. Never heat food/liquid or freeze in plastic containers.   The act of putting plastic in dishwashers will also cause the material to breakdown with our detergents and hot water.

Here is my list that was once posted on the Tupperware site that is no longer there. I shudder to think that a product called a ‘Heat ‘N Serve/Rock ‘N Serve container has BPA. I would think the name suggests you are heating food in some capacity. And I think people that own a Tupperware product that does contain polycarbonate plastic should demand their money back and remind Tupperware that it’s not just about baby bottles. Yes, BPA has been banned from baby bottles – but nobody wants this chemicals leaching into their food. Older children and adults are not big fans of infertility, cancers of the breast & prostate – to name a few, and more.  BPA is still a big deal and people want to stay away from it. Sorry that you didn’t think to code your products properly, but that is not the consumers problem. It is our right to know if chemicals are in the products we use and your responsibility to answer those question. And I think – give us our money back if I, the consumer is not satisfied.

Products listed on the Tupperware site back in June 2008 confirming they contained BPA:

Heat ‘N Serve/Rock ‘N Serve: Container

Ice Prisms: Bowls, Pitcher & Tumbler Set

Kitchen Duos

Microsteamer: Base

Microwave Cooker – Oval: Cover

Microwave Luncheon Plate

Quick Chef Base

Sheerly Elegant Line

Tumbler Bouquet & Pitcher Set: Pitcher

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Related Articles:

Tupperware Items Made From #7 Plastic

Response From Tupperware Regarding BPA & Refunds

Alternatives To Freezing Food In Plastic


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7 Responses to Tupperware & BPA – 2 Years Later

  1. Julia Girdler September 25, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Excellent, as usual! Thanks for the update. I’m going to link this on my site.

    Keep it up! Your numbers are growing for a reason. Congratulations!

  2. Kara September 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    All plastic scares me these days and I try to avoid it, although it still shows up at my door. Not too long ago my mom gave me tupperware cups from when we were kids to use with my son and daughter! But, of course, they are 20+ years old and have no plastic codes (I also shudder to think of how many times they have been run through a dishwasher). The idea that tupperware lasts forever is true…

  3. Lisa September 26, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    I’m one of those that found your site because of my concern about Tupperware. My mother recently gave me the cups, among other things, that we used as children to use for my daughter. We did use them a couple of times but every time we did I felt like I was poisoning my daughter so they disappeared pretty quickly. I feel much better knowing that all Tupperware has been banished and the last week has been spent purging our kitchen of pretty much any plastic items we can find.

  4. Josee September 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Hi Suzann,
    very interesting article,

    thanks,

  5. Kelly Dolan October 8, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Hello, you will be happy to hear that Tupperware has completely stopped manufacturing any products that had BPA as of March 2010.

    Additionally Good Housekeeping did a study where they tested the products (actually shredded them to test) and also cooked in the microwave with the products, and Tupperware passed with flying colors.this is the link to that article: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-testing/reviews-tests/kitchen-cooking/plastic-safety-heat-food-6

    its all food for thought :)

  6. Julie June 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    please note #7 plastic does not mean plastic with BPA. #7 plastic means mixed plastics.

  7. suzanne June 11, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Hi Julie,
    #7 coded plastic does not always mean polycarbonate plastic (or BPA) but yes, it also does refer to plastic when made with BPA. When I refer to items that Tupperware made using BPA – this was taken from their website and was public information. Even Tupperware won’t argue the fact they used to use BPA for certain items in their product line. Please let me know if you need clarification on this.

    Suzanne
    Mommy Footprint

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