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8 Things You Didn't Know About Tupperware

Lily Phi

February 10,2022

Even if you don’t have any Tupperware sitting in your kitchen cabinets, chances are you have seen or used the ubiquitous plastic container at one point or another in your life. Invented by Earl Tupper in 1946 and introduced to the market in 1948, Tupperware has grown from its humble beginnings as an at-home party favour to becoming one of the most recognisable brands in history and redefining the way we store food in our homes, offices, and schools. Here are 8 facts about Tupperware that may surprise you!

1. Tupperware was invented by Earl Tupper in 1946.

Earl Tupper was unemployed throughout the Great Depression when his landscaping company shut down. Always the closet inventor, he bought a few of their moulding machines and began experimenting at home. After WWII, DuPont asked him to look into peacetime applications for his plastic, and he created the first commercial version of Tupperware.

2. The lid design was inspired by a paint can.

Earl Tupper was unemployed throughout the Great Depression when his landscaping company shut down. Always the closet inventor, he bought a few of their moulding machines and began experimenting at home. After WWII, DuPont asked him to look into peacetime applications for his plastic, and he created the first commercial version of Tupperware.

3. The Wonderbowl, Tupperware's initial product, was the first to feature the famous "burp" seal.

In the original Tupperware, a burping sound was made as the lid sealed. This widely recognised quality was well-known. How widespread? Decades later, even Seinfeld comically referred to how the burp "kept food fresh".

4. In 1949, a single mother in Detroit hosted the first Tupperware party.

In 1949, Brownie Wise came to Tupper with the goal of hosting events where friends could see how Tupperware worked. In 1951, after the concept had proven successful, Tupper decided to cease selling it in stores and instead exclusively through parties.

5. Tupperware was dubbed one of the century's most outstanding inventions by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Rubik's Cube and the Sony Walkman were also named. Surprisingly, computers didn't make the list!

6. Trusted companions in the kitchens of millions all over the world... for 75 years!

Since we first announced the launch of Tupperware Direct a few months ago we've been bombarded with comments on how Tupperware® products from the 50s, 60s and 70's are still used in homes around the UK. We think that speaks to the quality and durability of Tupperware® and why so many people trust our brand.