The Common FAQ About Tupperware Products

Tupperware has been around the market since 1946. It was first established in Massachusetts, United States to help business-minded people who want to become entrepreneurs by becoming a Tupperware consultant. Tupperware started with Earl Tupper’s invention of lightweight, break-resistant plastic containers. Other than a staple food container, Tupperware also provides excellent customer service. Here are some of the frequently asked questions answered:

Are Tupperware products BPA free?

Tupperware has been a signature brand for storage containers especially for leftover food. However, an issue regarding their use of BPA surfaced that caused people to doubt their products. But first, what is BPA? According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical produced in large quantities. BPA is used to produce polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. BPA has been used since 1960s to make plastic products like food containers because of its sturdy quality.

With several researches about the adverse effects of BPA, people began to question Tupperware’s credibility as they are aware that Tupperware use polycarbonate plastic. 

Tupperware has exerted effort in satisfying their customers. They are aware of opinions from their customers regarding their use of BPA. They found new materials with improved quality to replace polycarbonate in their products. Tupperware released an official statement in their website that their products are BPA-free since 2010 to adhere food safety standards. Accordingly, children’s products are BPA-free since then.

Does Tupperware replace BPA products?

Tupperware claims that they have been using other materials for their products that are approved by regulators to be BPA free. As of Spring 2010, all new Tupperware products are BPA free due to consumer demand. But how about the old products? Most of the old Tupperware products are already phased out. Thus, the new products are made with new materials. However, products that are made prior to 2010 is still suspected to have BPA.

Is Tupperware plastic good for the health?

There are recent studies regarding the use of BPA in Tupperware products and how it affects the health of the consumer. The study focused on how BPA the development of the nervous system of newborn babies. The results of the study showed that there are sensitive effects caused by BPA that are often overlooked. BPA mostly affects the female offspring as it causes adisruption in the endocrine. Moreover, BPA is also linked to obesity, breast cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and reproductive disorders, and more.

According to some studies, plastics like BPA leaches chemicals into our food and drinks which can have adverse effects in our health. This is one of the reasons why experts suggest to use glass containers instead. Other alternatives are using containers made with stainless steel. However, if you still want to choose plastic containers, choose safer plastic containers and avoid storing acidic or greasy food. Furthermore, throw out plastic containers that are scratched and worn since worn containers have a higher leaching risk. Experts also recommend to avoid putting plastic containers in the microwave and dishwasher for safety.

Most Tupperware products contain high-density polyethylene (HDPE), or plastic #2, polypropylene (PP), or plastic #5 and low-density polyethylene (LDPE), or plastic #7 that are the safest plastics that can be used to store food repeatedly.

Is Tupperware eco-friendly?

Tupperware products can be recycled. A recycling code can be found at the bottom of the Tupperware product. Tupperware used to use virgin plastics that can be harmful in both the human health and the environment. Nonetheless, Tupperware plastics are now recycleable and be used to make new products. Recycled plastics aids in controlling environmental pollution. Moreover, Tupperware observes a green, eco-friendly packaging. In Australia, their product packaging (soft plastics only)  can be deposited in local REDCycle bin to be recycled.

To sum it all up, Tupperware helps Mother Earth their products are intended for longer use compared to other plastic containers and other storage items that are not intended for repeated use such as Styrofoam containers PET bottle, and plastic bags and bottles. 

Does Tupperware have a lifetime warranty?

Tupperware assures their consumers that their products have lifetime guarantee that it can withstand the test of time under normal domestic use. As stated in their website, Tupperware products provide a Lifetime Guarantee so the consumers can buy with confidence. However, keep in mind that there are incidents that are not covered by the Tupperware Lifetime Guarantee. Products that become defective because of the consumer’s fault, such as getting in contact with heat and it melted or it breaks because it got knocked over, are not replaceable under the Lifetime Guarantee.

Moreover, keep in mind that there are instances when some parts or products are no longer available in the company. Instead, the company will replace the parts or product with similar functions and of similar value to the parts or product that is subject to replacement. There are some products that are not covered by Lifetime Guarantee such as TupperChef Stainless Steel Cookware, multi-purpose shears, and can openers.

Moreover, items that comes with bags or pouches are not included in the warranty. Other conditions that are not included in the lifetime warranty are cosmetics under BeautiControl, Hanokke tableware items (10-year warranty), and more. Keep in mind that the replacement will be delivered a month or more if they are not available. 

You can also submit the defective product to a dealer. Choose a reliable dealer that delivers quick service.

How do I claim my Tupperware warranty?

If you purchased a defective Tupperware product, bring your Tupperware products to any authorized Business Center for warranty replacements. The company determines whether the defect is a manufacturing defect. Moreover, as stated in their website, “the replacement warranty does not cover bags and pouches and non-Tupperware plastic products which shall be governed by their specific warranties”.

Before bringing the product to any authorized Tupperware brand’s Branch or business center, make sure to wash and clean it with soap and water. The warranty is non-transferable, which means the original purchaser is solely allowed to benefit the product warranty. Furthermore, the customer must submit all parts and components of the product. Products that are marked with the Q symbol in brochures are free of manufacturing defects; thus, they are not covered by the warranty.

The manufacturing defects that are valid for replacement are: rust mark on new knives and peeler blades, and other stainless parts, melamine products (blurring of decals, sharp edges, embedded dirt/black spots, uneven glaze), and bag stitching quality and zipper functioning issues.

Don’t forget to bring the product warranty insert of the product upon submission of the product for replacement within 30 days of purchase for a free replacement.

Should you throw away old Tupperware?

Tupperware products are durable and can last a lifetime. Don’t be surprised to see loads ofTupperware products in your grandmother’s home that has been with them since they were still in grade school. However, if your Tupperware products already have scratches or worn, it is time to toss them away especially if your purchased the product prior March 2010 since it is most likely to contain BPA which can be harmful for your health. Scratches can manifest bacteria and allow chemicals to each into your food. Also, if your container looks cloudy instead of clear, toss it away.

If your city accommodates recycling plastic containers, deposit it to them to help save the environment.

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If you are too conscious to throw away old Tupperware because it bears sentimental value or it was a gift from your grandmother, you can repurpose them into storage containers for non-food items such as containers for supplies or bobby pins. This method can help save the environment, too! As long as they are not used as food containers, then they are still in good use.

Furthermore, put your plastic containers on top of the dishwasher to avoid melting of plastic.

Can I exchange old Tupperware?

There’s no statement regarding the exchange old Tupperware whether it is suspected to contain BPA. However, there are pawn shops in some parts of the Philippines that accept Tupperware products in exchange of cash. How cool is that? Some pawnshops accept Tupperware products because it still have some value after using the products for several years. 

Does Tupperware still replace broken items?

Tupperware still replaces any Tupperware product, or any part, that shows a manufacturing defect. Replacing of products with manufacturing defects is free of charge. Tupperware products are guaranteed to withstand cracking, peeling, chipping, and warping when used under normal circumstances.

What can I do with broken Tupperware?

A broken Tupperware can be replaced as long as it is covered under the warranty. Follow the instructions in claiming the warranty. Take note of the conditions that are not covered by the warranty. Misuse or accidental misuse of the product makes the warranty void.

How do I get a replacement Tupperware lid?

There are several methods you can do for Tupperware replacement. You can call them directly, or ask the help of a local dealer or consultant, or submit a warranty request online. Take note of your part’s model/mold number available. The mold number can be found usually at the bottom of the container. The first half of the to-art number is the mold number. To submit a warranty request online, you need to sign up for an account on Tupperware website. After signing up for an account, click on the “Warranty Request” button and insert your mold number to get started. Bring all parts of the item for replacement.

What is the difference between normal plastic and Tupperware?

Tupperware has been a signature brand for plastic containers and there is no significant difference other than the satisfaction that the plastic container is made by a reliable brand.

What is special about Tupperware?

Tupperware earned the reputation of becoming a signature brand for plastic containers. One thing that makes Tupperware special is because of its airtight seal, keeping your food from spilling. The airtight seal had been patented in 1950 , the first of its kind. The hack to keep your food fresh for a longer time is letting the air out of the container by pushing down on the center of the lid. Moreover, Tupperware products are innovatively designed to make your cooking and storing more convenient.

Lastly, Tupperware products lasts for a longer time than most plastic containers. Tupperware lives up to its reputation when it comes to food containers. They may be pricier than other plastic containers but Tupperware is worth the splurge and investment. What makes Tupperware special is because of its Lifetime Warranty that you wouldn’t find in other brands. 

Is Signoware better than Tupperware?

Both brands produce high-quality products. If you want to purchase a cheaper product, Signoware is the brand to go to. However, if you want a product that stands the test of time, choose Tupperware especially if you are environment-conscious. Tupperware is intended for longer use; thus, it helps in reducing the mountain of garbage. Tupperware has been in the industry for over 50 years which makes it as their competitive advantage to Signoware. The latter is a newer brand with the same quality. In terms of customer service, Tupperware has its competitive advantage of replacement of lost pieces.

What is the best Tupperware product?

According to reviews, the most popular Tupperware product, and probably the best, is container sets. Container sets save storage space with limited lifetime warranty. Plastic container sets are the most popular because of the innovative design and bright colors.

Is Tupperware a pyramid scheme?

Tupperware does not only deliver excellent customer service and high-quality products but also provides business opportunities for people who want to be entrepreneurs. It first started with Earl Tupper’s attempt to sell his inventions to stores but it didn’t do well so he used the direct sales business model. It allows a person to sign up as a Tupperware consultant and earn commissions in sales. Selling is done online. Aside from making commissions, a Tupperware consultant can also earn money by recruiting other consultants.  Thus, people think that Tupperware is a pyramid scheme. Most legitimate multi-level marketing (MLM) business models use this practice to grow their business.

The difference with a legit MLM business and an illegal pyramid scheme is their focal point. Illegal pyramid schemes focus more on recruitment though they have products to sell. In an illegal pyramid schemes, new recruits are forced to purchase products that makes up the greater percentage of product sales.

Tupperware does not force their consultants to recruit new consultants. There is greater money in recruiting but Tupperware lets the consultant make products sales without recruiting other people. The focus is on retail sales of the product, rather than recruitment. However, it is still not recommended since the potential for earnings are very low. Therefore, Tupperware is a legit MLM business, not a pyramid scheme.

How much of a discount do Tupperware consultants get?

Tupperware consultants have 25% discount for Tupperware purchases. Every month, Tupperware offers consultants an opportunity to purchase a selection of new products at 35% off retail price. 

How much does it cost to get started selling Tupperware?

To start as a Tupperware consultant, you have to pay $99 (roughly P4950)  for a $350 (roughly P17500) worth of Tupperware products and business tools. You have the freedom to choose which products you want to sell. All you have to purchase to become a Tupperware consultant is a Tupperware starter kit. Furthermore, you have to maintain a $250 worth of product sales every four months to stay in the business.

How do you deodorize Tupperware?

Tupperware containers may be sturdy and lightweight but they are still susceptible to smells and stains. Aside from washing it immediately after use, there’s another trick you can apply to deodorize your Tupperware containers. One hack is to store them with a pinch of salt to get rid of funky smell. Another trick is to expose them to direct sunlight. The sun has the natural ability to fight odors. Rinsing them with vinegar can also do the trick. After washing the container with dish soap and water, fill the container with vinegar and let it sit for three minutes. Then rinse with soap water again. Another trick is to store them with newspaper overnight.

How do you clean greasy Tupperware?

Nothing is more frustrating than washing a greasy Tupperware. The trick is to soak the Tupperware for several minutes in a lukewarm water then wash with dish soap and rinse with cool water. For easier dishwashing, make a baking soda paste with water and let it sit on the container for tenty to thirty minute to remove oil resdiues. To remove stains, you can soak the container with a mixture of water and bleach. Or soak it with 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of water.

Is vintage Tupperware dishwasher safe?

Most Tupperware products manufactured after 1979 is dishwasher safe except for some items like ice cream scoop, TupperChef knives, Shape-O, and more. For vintage Tupperware products, you have to handwash them.

 

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