Earlier this year people started purging their homes thanks to the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
If you haven’t already partaken in the clever organization method you should and at the top of your list should be your vintage Tupperware because it’s trying to kill you. Yes, those 1970’s Tupperware you remember your grandmother using at every family dinner are out to get you.
They are testing POSITIVE for dangerous levels of lead and arsenic. Yup, they are trying to kill you and anyone you serve food while using them.
Tamara, an environmental activist, and blogger decided to test the vintage Tupperware after hearing they tested positive for high levels of lead. When tested with an XRF instrument, the measuring cups pictured here had the following readings:
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
Vanadium (V): 239 +/- 155 ppm
Titanium (Ti): 10,100 +/- 400 ppm
For Context: The amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a newly manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint or coating, or 100 ppm Lead (or higher) in the substrate.
So, as you can see, these are more than 20x the maximum toxic level of lead!
These Tupperware containers can come in a variety of colors but the most popular being; yellow, green, and orange.
Takeaway: Functional food use items like this that are positive for toxicants at high levels should be disposed of.
While there may not be a single incident of Lead poisoning (or Arsenic poisoning for that matter) that can be traced to a kitchen item like this (because that is a difficult thing to track and study, given how many potential sources of toxicants can be found in our lives – in many things we use every day), with multiple toxicants present, at the levels found here, there is no defensible reason to save items like this and use them for food use purposes — when there are inexpensive toxicant-free alternatives readily available today in nearly every store that sells kitchen goods (and nearly every grocery store for that matter).
The concern to consider is not so much “whether or not these specific cups might be poisoning you” but more along the lines of “what are the potential sources of environmental toxicity in our lives [sources that together can create an aggregate negative impact on our health] and what simple things we can do to eliminate possible exposure sources, giving our families (and especially our children and our grandchildren) a better chance at a healthier life.”
So, go Marie Kondo that kitchen and help keep you and your family safe! You can always upgrade and buy new Tupperware!
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