I had a rep tell me that all Tupperware products were BPA-free, but this is not true! The good folks at Z Rec’s went through 15 hours of research, phone calls, emails, etc. and finally brought in a PR mediator before Tupperware would release the list of BPA-free and BPA-containing products. Seems a little suicidal of Tupperware to be that difficult about the sitaution.
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29 thoughts on “Which Tupperware products are BPA free?”
I’m suspicious of Tupperware too, although many of their (marked) products have the #5 on them, which is supposed to be safe.
Be sure you know what numbers you are looking at before labeling Tupperware as unsafe; Tupperware has many items and some come in different sizes–the size number is indicated on the bottom 1-5. Much of Tupperware is BPA free because we are a green company. I am a consultant-please don’t hinder my business unless you’re 100% certain.
My tupperware is quite old, but in god shape. from the 70’s but my daughter told me to check for the safety of it in case it contains BPA, hope you can help me.
I am a tupperware Consultant too, But honestly speaking, some of the products are being listed without a label and without a number.Could you please higlight why they do not have a number?
I know the jury is out on BPA’s toxicity in humans (officially, that is) but I say better safe than sorry and purchase bpa free when I can.
Recently I purchased Rubbermaid’s BPA-free containers for food and stuff (I think it might be HDPE). I’ve been keeping an eye on my consumption of canned foods. My wife and I both bought water bottles that are BPA free. We tried Sigg and it was ok…just super cold or hot depending on the temperature of the coffee, etc so we got a Titan water bottle and a camelbak bottle.
Here’s more reading on BPA:
Here’s a blog that keeps up with the BPA controversy
Of course, if you only use Tupperware for dry storage or for storage not involving heating, what difference does it make if there’s BPA in it? I thought the whole point of BPA being bad was that it leaches into food when the container is heated.
I won’t cook food in plastic, not even in the microwave, but plastic’s one of the better (and cheaper) materials to store food in if it seals properly, because bugs can’t smell through it or chew through it if it’s thick enough, and unless it’s textured it does not appeal to roaches either–they can’t move as quickly on a slick surface. And roaches will cause health problems a lot faster than BPA will, especially in children.
Hate to sound like an industry apologist, but.
Dana, lots of Tupperware and other plastic containers are BPA free. Most parents want everything to be BPA free. For one, which is big to me, is I want to send a message that I do not want BPA in ANYTHING and that it has no place in products that come in contact with food. Also, there are warnings in research on BPA that it’s more likely to leach when there are scratches or signs of wear, or are washed in a dishwasher. So the safety in any event are not known, so I’d rather avoid it entirely for my family’s health and to send a message. But of course, to each his own. Hope that helps!
The Tupperware product lines that DO contain BPA are unfortunately the lines that would be in the microwave, like the Heat N’ Serve containers. I did have someone comment on my post about this listing which lines have BPA in them.
Keep in mind that when nuking Tupperware, it is supposed to be heated on Medium Heat, not High Heat – which is the default on every microwave I’ve ever seen.
I wrote on my blog about Tupperware’s attitude on BPA. I don’t care if there is BPA or not. I’m not scared of it yet because the government hasn’t done anything about it. What bothers me is that they blatantly disregard consumer demand and have not removed BPA from all of their lines (nevermind the older stuff that will still be in your cupboards from 10 years ago).
Just to make everything fair, I used to sell Tupperware. I am currently on maternity leave and considered selling Tupperware again after so I could have a flexible work schedule. But because of their stance on BPA I just can’t do it.
I invite you to read my post at http://grudgemom.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/tupperware-and-bpa/
I am outraged by these findings, i am a tupperware rep and i was under the impression that all their products were bpa free, in fact that is why i 1st bought it, now to hear this i am angered as i would never have bought or gotten into tupperware if i had known this, i was told by my rep that all their products were bpa free as this was a concern i had long before my 1st purchase.
First thing tomorrow i am calling my tupperware dealaship to find out what is going on and if this is tryue i am asking for a refund on the products i have that i was sold under false pretences.
So i would like to apologise for telling the consumer that tupperware products are bpa free as i was also not informed correctly
please tell me should i carry my food in tupperware or not..
Jareen, look at the report and make sure the product you are using is on the safe list. Check the bottom of your product and if it is a #5, this is a safer plastic. Do note that no plastic is 100% safe from potentionally leaching chemicals. And NEVER heat plastic in a microwave. If you want to be more certain you are safe from leaching chemicals, I’d suggest investing in some nice glass storage containers like Pyrex or the glass options from GlassLock (one of their lines is a plastic set made with BPA, so just be sure you get the glass ones). I love mu GlassLOck because nothing leaks! 🙂
mmandrew, thanks for your comment. the article didn’t state that all tupperware was unsafe, rather provided a list from a group who did hours of research by calling tupperware, so this information came from Tupperware themselves, so I can only assume the information is factual. Also, this article was written 2.5 years ago, so it’s likely Tupperware has weeded out more products and replaced them with a BPA free option. However, consumers should always check the bottom of their product and if it is a #5, this is a safer plastic. Do note that no plastic is 100% safe from potentionally leaching chemicals. And NEVER heat plastic in a microwave.
I have tupperware cups and other items dating back pre 1975. are these items safe to use.
that’s hard to say. is there a number on the bottom? recycling #4 and #5 are common for plastic food containers. avoid #3, 6 and #7 PC. If there is not a number, call Tupperware and ask so you can describe the products you have and ask what materials were used to make them.
thank you for the info, that’s what I was looking for
Rosetta did you ever find out if the older tupperware was BPA free?
Here is a link to the Tupperware statement that says all products made in US and Canada and sold their is BPA-free:
Are the fridge dry storage containers are BPA free wat abt storing vegetables in tupperware
If it is not listed here, call Tupperware and ask. You can describe the container to them so they can more accurately address. I do not store any food in plastic personally. I use the “green” bags for raw fruits/veggies and glass storage once cooked. Hope that helps!
Bought a set of 4 tupperware mixing bowls. Are these BPA safe. Numbers at the bottom-2350-2 234-18 237-6 236-7. Recycling number is 4. Are these containers safe for storing dried goods like flour in. How about for mixing cake batter etc. Brenda.
Have you considered using glass straws? They’re super classy and toxin free. I’ve seen a few brands out there. my favorite is simply straws, i love the travel case each straw comes with http://bit.ly/simplystraws
From the Tupperware website:
For over 60 years Tupperware has been designing products that help simplify people’s lives. Saving time and money for the consumer by helping to keep food fresh has always been one of Tupperware’s most important goals. Today Tupperware offers products for storing food, food preparation, serving items and cookware. Our innovative products, built to last a lifetime, eliminate the need for disposable containers. Tupperware has always been committed to a continuous review of new materials to improve the performance of our products and meet consumer demand. We’re firmly committed to the safety and well-being of our consultants and consumers of our products.
Tupperware follows the recommendations and guidelines of governmental regulatory agencies regarding materials that may be used in our high quality products. The Company also acknowledges the attitudes of consumers regarding products containing BPA. In its continuous search for the best materials for use in its products, Tupperware has found other materials with improved performance characteristics that have been approved by regulators to be BPA free to replace polycarbonate. As of March 2010, items sold by Tupperware US & CA are BPA free.
Are the Tupperware products in India bpa free or have they dumped the bpa containing products from US and Canada here? I thought Tupperware is a better plastic than the others but now I have my doubts.I wonder whether taking up Tupperware consultancy was a good idea………..
I would check with Tupperware India, if there is such a thing. I would assume Tupperware is Tupperware, but so many companies are making different versions of products to meet the demands or policies of the country they are trying to sell in. Its hard to tell, call and ask. Good luck!
How about re-using jars like a big pickle jar to store my homemade detergent , is this safe?
I think the admin of this web site is actually working hard in support of his website,
because here every information is quality based data.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about without a paddle actors.
CAN I TRADE IN MY OLD BUT GOOD TUPPERWARE FOR ITEMS THAT DO NOT HAVE BPA?
Hi that is a really good question. Let me know when you find out. I a interested to know this too. Thanks in advance.Helen