Good old Tupperware. It’s been around since the 1940s and it lasts forever. Through everything from leftovers to lunchtime, your Tupperware is always right there when you need it.
But, recently a blogger and consumer goods safety advocate, Tamara Rubin, tested an assortment of Tupperware, including pieces from the 1970s, just to see how safe these durable pieces really are. What she found was frightening.
Americans have been using plastic containers and lids to store, save, and transport food for decades. In the 1948, an American plastics company called Tupperware held its first ever, “Tupperware party.” Since then, millions of bowls, measuring cups, and storage containers bearing the Tupperware label have been sold and used.
Though other companies have tried to produce similar products, there’s a good chance you’ve stuck to your Tupperware. From their durability to their color coordinating ease of use, it’s easy to understand why so many people love and hang on to their Tupperware.
But recently an article circulated on social media about the potential toxicity of Tupperware from the 1970s. It seems that along with that durability comes the potential for heavy metal toxicity.
Using XRF testing (a scientific method used by the Consumer Product Safety Commission), a blogger and independent consumer goods safety advocate, Tamara Rubin, tested an assortment of Tupperware, including pieces from the 1970s.
When Rubin tested the “Daffodil Yellow” colored vintage Tupperware measuring cups she found the following metals:
- Lead (Pb): 2,103 +/- 41 ppm
- Arsenic (As): 250 +/- 28 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 735 +/- 68 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 463 +/- 18 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 20 +/- 8 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 51 +/- 19 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 10,100 +/- 400 ppm
The consumer safety board requires that children’s toys contain less than 90ppm of lead. As you can see, just in the lead category alone these Tupperware measuring cups fail the toxicity test!
But don’t misunderstand, the problem is not irresponsibility on the part of Tupperware. When these plastic pieces were created there were different standards for manufacturing. Additionally, who would have expected these plastic pieces to still be in active, daily use for forty years? Tupperware’s durability may be its curse in the toxicity arena.
Rubin recommends that anyone still using old Tupperware should switch to glass food storage containers. If you’re interested in seeing results from all of the Tupperware pieces Rubin tested, here’s a complete list.
Metal toxicity is an underestimated health issue for many people. Though heavy metal poisoning happens quickly and can cause death, metal toxicity happens over the course of years or decades. Exposure to metals from our environment, water, pollution, medicines and other sources build up in our body and cause harm.
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