Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Tupperware

My Eco Self took some old-skool Tupperware on my shopping trip. Both Eco-Chick and Ideal Bite have articles listing non-plastic container alternatives, but not all of these seem practical to carry around when shopping, or to carry to work. My favourite of their suggestions, the Wrap'N'Mat, looks nifty for a packed lunch if you can guarantee no spillage, but may not work for my intended purchases of loose green lentils.

Tupperware's products are all made of plastic types 4,5 and 7, not all of which can be recycled, according to Ideal Bite's recycle by numbers guide. Tupperware's website has a useful Q&A section, which does point out that Tupperware does have a lifetime guarantee and in theory should not need to be recycled.

1 comment:

Matt said...

The problem with the idea behind the lifetime guarantee is that it will last your lifetime and your kids, and their kids... so unless you are going to pass your tupperware down from generation to generation as a family heirloom, it will most likely end up in a landfill. I like the idea of things that are made tough to last but it's nice when they are made from a material that can be reclaimed after it's usefulness is over. As an alternative you could use pyrex, but that's pretty heavy to bring to the store. A slightly lighter alternative would be Stainless steel. They have a bunch of these at LifeWithoutPlastic.com. Anyway great blog, keep up the green work!