Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What Do I Do About Plastic?

This has become a big dilemma for me -- because I sell Tupperware. Tupperware is plastic. Plastic, plastic, and more plastic.

When the news story about bisphenol-A broke, I watched it with avid interest. I'd been starting to wonder about plastic, but since I enjoyed my Tupperware business, I'd done a teeny bit of research, shrugged my shoulders, and moved on. I kept telling myself, and my customers, that Tupperware plastic was high quality and wouldn't leech into their foods like the cheap, dollar-store containers and water bottles would do.

But after all those baby bottles were recalled, I went online to see if I could find more information about the plastic used in Tupperware products.

Much to my surprise, Tupperware had recently posted information containing the exact type of plastic used in each container as well as the "official" response to BPA. It was a wealth of information! Tupperware maintains that, although they'll be following upcoming research closely, their containers made with BPA are still food-grade and safe.

I'm a little more skeptical.

But then, I'm becoming a little cynical towards big companies and non-natural substances in general.

As one of my friends says (approximately), "I figure if it's wood, glass, or metal, it's probably safe."

1 comment:

  1. Funny. I shrugged my shoulders for my own daily life and yet got rid of the BPA bottles and dishware I had for my twins. Ahhh, putting your kids ahead of yourself. I thought you might be interested in checking out a new, Canadian retailer that sells nothing but eco-friendly products