In your purge of kitchen plastics, you might have noticed that Tupperware products are not coded with resin codes. This is because Tupperware products have a lifetime guarantee and were not intended for recycling (hence they were not labeled with recycling codes). In a time where parents are concerned about what types of plastic holds their food and beverages, I wanted to find out what types of plastic they use. Here is what I emailed Tupperware:
I noticed your products do not have recycling codes on the bottom. What type of plastic is Tupperware made from. Is it BPA free? If not, do you have a recall list of products?
I received lots of good information back from their representative that anyone can view on their website. From their response I have good news and bad news about Tupperware. Which would you like first? Let’s start with the good. Tupperware has listed their products detailing the different types of plastic each is made from. This documentation is very clear if you remember the name of your Tupperware products (Rock ‘N Serve, etc.). Personally, I know that would be gone from my memory years after purchasing it. But if you can remember, this guide will be very helpful. As you can see from their documentation, the three main plastics they use are 4, 5, and also 7.
The bad news is yes, Tupperware has made some products with Polycarbonate plastic (#7). A quote their site “Polycarbonate is used in a small percentage of our products, primarily those intended for high heat resistance, as well as some serving lines.”And another snipet from the Polycarbonate Concerns release “Based on the repeated governmental scrutiny that polycarbonate has had by various regulatory agencies, Tupperware continues to believe the material is safe. As we have the highest regard and concern for the safety of our consumers, however, we will continue to closely monitor this scientific debate and conduct our own research into the best materials for use in Tupperware products.” So to summarize….Tupperware thinks that food storage containers made from #7 plastics are safe. That is a scary statement. We know not all #7 plastics contain BPA, but as a parent, just seeing the symbol is enough to cause concern when trying to eliminate all kitchen products containing the chemical. I am surprised that I didn’t see any statements regarding a recall on these items if a customer was concerned. I have sent back a response to Tupperware asking if they are reimbursing people if they are concerned about a Tupperware product made from #7 plastic. For now, here is the list of 9 Tupperware items (as outlined on their website) that are made from #7 plastic:
Heat ‘N Serve/Rock ‘N Serve: Container
Ice Prisms: Bowls, Pitcher & Tumbler Set
Microwave Cooker – Oval: Cover
Microwave Luncheon Plate
Quick Chef Base
Sheerly Elegant Line
Tumbler Bouquet & Pitcher Set: Pitcher
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