For those new to this website:
Tamara Rubin is a multiple-federal-award-winning independent advocate for childhood Lead poisoning prevention and consumer goods safety, and a documentary filmmaker. She is also a mother of Lead-poisoned children (two of her sons were acutely Lead-poisoned in 2005). Since 2009, Tamara has been using XRF technology (a scientific method used by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods for toxicants (specifically heavy metals — including Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Antimony, and Arsenic). All test results reported on this website are science-based, accurate, and replicable. Items are tested multiple times to confirm the test results for each component tested. Tamara’s work was featured in Consumer Reports Magazine in February of 2023 (March 2023 print edition).
Click here to read (and sign) the petition asking for Tupperware to formally respond to this concern!
Check back here periodically for updates. Each time I add a new article I will upload a picture to the photo grid below and link it to the post with the test results. Please take into consideration that just because (for example) one orange cup is negative for toxicants, that does not mean that all items of that color will be negative! Case-in-point: the orange cup and funnel toward the bottom of this image set appear to be identical (or nearly identical) in color, yet one is positive for toxicants and the other is negative!
Click any of the images below to see the corresponding XRF test results (listing all metals found) for that exact item pictured.
Any information you might have that can help positively date any of these pieces would be very useful. For example, one of my readers sent me the 1982 Tupperware catalog, which I have uploaded in full HERE. It looks like many of the pieces pictured below are in that catalog, and so may date from circa 1982.
Please comment here on this article, or send me an e-mail with any additional information you might have to share with my readers! Thank you: TamaraRubin@mac.om
(Note: the last images [after the “coming soon” block] are not yet linked to the test results for those items [8 p.m. PST, Saturday, 3/23]. I am working on writing up those test results now. Thank you for your patience.) Continue reading below the images as well for additional information!
If you appreciate this work and would like to see more test results like this, please consider contributing to the GoFundMe for our advocacy work: http://www.GoFundMe.com/LeadSafeMama.
Tamara, how do you decide what to test?
I do take “requests” — as, here in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, I live near quite a few antiques & collectibles stores and could easily go purchase something that you might want tested (for anyone that can make a contribution to cover the cost of the item and a bit toward the cost of testing); please e-mail me if you are interested in having me purchase something specific to test.
Outside of this unexpected/random/bizarre, runaway hit (shall we refer to it as the “Vintage Tupperware Testing Surprise Party of 2019?” lol), if you are interested participating in the “regularly-scheduled programming” of day-in and day-out consumer goods testing that I normally coordinate here on this site, here is an article with more information about how that generally works.
As always, thank you for reading and sharing this work.
Please let me know if you have any questions.