Tupperware and BPAJuly 20, 2009
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Due to the large number of comments regarding this topic, I’d like to remind you that Tupperware’s products are all BPA free as of Spring 2010 (ish… I can’t give you an exact date). If you are wondering if your particular product has BPA, please see the post linked in the next paragraph.
UPDATED: I have added a post about specifically which Tupperware products have BPA in them, including pictures. Click here to go find out which products they are!
Everyone has some Tupperware in their cupboards, don’t they? Even if you didn’t buy it yourself, it’s been passed down from your mom. Because it’s THAT GOOD of a product, right? It’s lasted 20 years, and you STILL use it every few days.
But Tupperware has a little known (although not hidden) secret. Tupperware is NOT BPA free.
Now before all you little Tupperware ladies go getting in a flap: Not all Tupperware has BPA in it. Only a couple of lines do. From Tupperware’s website:
Certain Tupperware products are made from polycarbonate, including serving products and Rock ‘N Serve™/Vent ‘N Serve™ storage and microwave reheating containers. However, polycarbonate is NOT used in Tupperware baby bottles or toys.
And before any of you little Tupperware ladies start bashing me, I sold Tupperware and was considering selling it again after my maternity leave. My grandma sold Tupperware for over 25 years, gave up when she moved across the country, then started again. You’re looking at 30 years worth of Tupperware sales out of her. And my cupboards are still full of Tupperware!
The Canadian government is moving ahead with proposed legislation to ban baby bottles containing BPA, although the use of BPA is not banned yet in any type of commercial use. In the United States, BPA is not banned either, although California is gearing up to be the first state to ban it.
So what this means is that Tupperware is not breaking any regulations. But it is still an issue. Last year a poll by EKOS Research Associates Inc., found that 73% of Canadians want BPA banned from other plastic products in addition to baby bottles. 73% is a pretty overwhelming number! That says that regardless of government regulations, consumers are concerned about the use of BPA.
The bone that I have to pick with Tupperware is its complete lack of regard for what its consumers want. As a retailer, no matter the product, you need to listen to your customers! If you ignore the people who are essentially signing your paycheque, you are resigning yourself to selling an inferior product or service. You are going to lose customers.
So when Rick Goings, CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation says
“Based on the repeated governmental scrutiny that polycarbonate has undergone by various regulatory agencies, we continue to believe that the material is safe. We will continue to monitor this scientific debate, of course, and keep all of you posted if any new and important information comes to light.”
that says to me that Tupperware and Mr. Goings really don’t care what their customers think. When I share the link to Mr. Goings’ letter, it is meant to highlight Tupperware’s stance. I am not running around yelling “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” Tupperware contains BPA. So what? So, I don’t want BPA in my food containers. It’s as simple as that. And until they change the makeup of their polycarbonate-based products, I will be showing other people what Tupperware has to say on the subject.
By the way, Tupperware’s microwave-safe products (and not all of them are), are supposed to be nuked on a MEDIUM-LEVEL SETTING to prevent the migration of chemicals from the plastic to the food. It says this right in their product manuals, or at least it did when I was still selling Tupperware.