We're happy to report that Tupperware is finally moving away from BPA. Most people wouldn't know it though, because they make it so hard to find the information on their website. It's kind of strange, especially since they're going to such effort to replace polycarbonate with safer alternatives. They've gone above and beyond most other companies to list each product with materials used and even included a helpful recycling code too. I'm sure their reluctance has a little bit to do with needing to clear out old BPA-filled inventory . . .
The journey to find this well-hidden information starts with Tupperware's famous section on the healthy goodness of FDA approved bisphenol-a. From there, you must locate “BPA Q & A” in the left navigation where you are reassured of BPA's long safety record. At this point, the average person doing their own toxic plastic research might give up and assume that nothing has changed. But alas, if you continue through the mumbo jumbo to the very end, you'll be invited to review their raw material identification codes. This is where I found the very detailed list of materials used in Tupperware's Spring & Summer 2010 Catalog for U.S. and Canada.
Most Tupperware products are now made with BPA-free polypropylene (PP, #5) and LDPE (#4). Some product lines containing BPA have been discontinued, while some have been converted to PES or co-polyester plastic including:
- Vent n Serve
- Ice Prisms Collection
- Quick Chef Base
- Wine Accessory sets
- TupperWave Micro-cooking products (this a new line)
Keep in mind that all older versions of the products listed in our previous update may still be available in some areas. This makes purchasing decisions harder, so be sure to confirm with the company first.