What do you do with all your old Tupperware?

United States
September 9, 2007 10:15am CST
As much as I love Tupperware, it does wear out eventually. Or, maybe I just get bored and stop using it. And, when that happens, I simply refuse to throw it away. It's hard to throw away a $15 container, don't you think? So, most times I recycle my Tupperware for other purposes. For instance, right now, two of my Tupperware containers are holding keys and a small stash of pocket change and one dollar bills. I wish I could find something more noble for such a useful and expensive storage unit, but I have not done so yet. Do you have any clever or useful ways to recycle your expensive Tupperware containers so that you get even more use out of them? Do you ever simply throw away your Tupperware containers?
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• Singapore
19 Nov 07
I know this is an old discussion but I only saw it now. I just want to drop one line - that Tupperware items have life-time warranty over here. I would think it is the same where you are too. You may wish to check with the person you bought the items from (or the company itself as last resort). You should be able to change the old containers for new ones for FREE.
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• Australia
12 Sep 07
Ssshh don't tell anyone... but most of my old Tupperware containers sit by their lonesome in the far back corner of my plastics cupboard. On odd occasions they do come out... say for 'sauce pots' at the kids birthday parties, or lollie containers, they have also been used to store my many beads but I usually get annoyed that I have lost the lid - lids for containers are always good! I use some of my bigger tupperware containers to house my babies bottle paraphenalia and another for a 'drip holder' under one of my pot plants. It is suprising how handy tupperware can be even when it is decades old.... some of the tupperware I still have now that are fully functional are hand-me-downs from my mum. Gotta love the marinate container!
@Nardz13 (5061)
• New Zealand
12 Sep 07
Hi there. When I clean out the old tuppaware, I usually have a cousin around, who wants them for her own use, and tells me they are still good, wants to know why i am throwing them out...
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I hate to throw them away too- The expensive ones that I buy from Tupperware parties- I use until they are really old- discolored—then I trade them back in- they are lifetime warranty- I don’t have too many Tupperware- I prefer Rubbermaid—much cheaper and they work just as well- I toss these when they get old- or when I get a new set.
@ssf12ster (489)
• India
10 Sep 07
i hae just put it in cupboards and locked it up. if need arises i will gift them on some accassion.they are very useful.otherwise you can exchange with some other items or sell it off to the hawkers.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I keep my tupperware containers till they're of no use anymore because like you said, they're very expensive. After years and years of using the stuff and it wears out, I feel as if I've gotten my money's worth because it lasted so long. My mother has a cake carrier and is going to sell it in our yard sale for it's so old and she hasn't used it in years. I don't want it because I'm not a pastry type of person except for a few few things.
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@carlaabt (3510)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I don't buy real tupperware. I just buy the cheap stuff, because my husband is pretty good at leaving stuff somewhere else. I can't afford to replace everything he misplaces, unless I just buy the cheap stuff. We usually use the stuff until my husband loses it or we don't feel like it's fit for holding food anymore. My husband tends to microwave things too long sometimes, and they start to look bad, even if they are microwave safe. Then we use them to store other things, if we need them. Otherwise we get rid of them. Elliott's crayons are in an old sandwich container, but most of his other things are actually in old baby wipes containers instead of containers that we bought to hold food.
• United States
11 Sep 07
Last really nice food storage container that I bought was lost by my spouse as well. He was going into a new job for some training and left it at the facility and never went back for it. I think it was a different location than the job site, so he would have no reason to go back. He didn't think it was a big deal. I did! Funny how guys are about money. They don't mind wasting it,but don't want us to do the same.
@applsofgld (2507)
• United States
17 Feb 08
I know this is an older discussion but I wanted to say something here. Please don't throw away your old tupperware. You can sell it on ebay!! No, really, I have begun searching ebay for good buys on the older tupperware, you know it never is outdated, maybe the colors are, but you can always get replacement parts and some of the older colors are coming back again and getting popular. Good luck!!
@karthima (112)
• India
10 Sep 07
I basically have a heart to donate. I serve people who needs things and also if ihave anything more than my requirement. I used to donate it voluntarity. Tuppare can be used my orphange people like students, employees, i believe we can help them through donating. Or if its our sweet corner git or anything like that.,. then we can use by storing our things like stud, pocket money, etc,. It depends on the value we give to the ware and our attitude.
@sanell (2116)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Gosh I think you can return it for a new bowl isn't it guaranteed for life? I am not really surre but I do know that I need to get some tupperware for my kitchen to store snack foods for my kids, it will look nicer than just keeping them in the boxes they are in now that is for sure!
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
9 Sep 07
NEVER!We decorate ours,with paper or colors and use them for many things....the bigger containers have pictures of cats on them and is used to store the cat food....my daughter has one for her colors,one for her hair accessories and one for her make up......she decorated them all herself and have pictures and drawings of what's in them om them....she likes them because they come with covers so if she drops them,nothing spills out....they are great storage containers when you stop using them for their known purposes.......and decorate them accordingly.....
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
9 Sep 07
Throw it away.
@nmw2005 (1198)
• United States
9 Sep 07
I actually used my for painting. We were painting a room in the hospital and needed bowls to pour the paint into. There were a few of us volunteering and it made it a whole lot easier.