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20 Years Later, I Tested Out Tupperware’s Lifetime Warranty. Here’s How it Went.

Is Tupperware replacement available after 20 years? Do old Tupperware pieces have BPA in them? Check out below as I navigate whether or not Tupperware will stand by their Lifetime Tupperware Warranty.

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It occurred to me the other day − while trying to gauge whether an overused, label-less measuring spoon was a tablespoon or half a tablespoon − that all the Tupperware I collected in my teens has a Tupperware Lifetime Warranty on it.

I vaguely remember a Tupperware Consultant spouting this information out as I thumbed through their catalogue years ago, stuffing my face with homemade dips at one of the many household Tupperware parties I've attended.

But I must have made one too many of my grandmother's Strawberry Shortcakes because the blue labeling has worn off… leaving me to guess at the sizes (perhaps that's why recipes like Martha Tiramisu Cookies never turned out for me? Nah, but it's nice to blame something besides my own lack of baking skills).

A quick inventory of my cupboards, and I found three other Tupperware items that were worse for wear: a container that had a spider web-like shattering on one side, a small bowl whose plastic lip has broken off, and a measuring cup that's warped.

Sounds like it's time to experiment: exactly how limited is the Tupperware Lifetime Warranty?

Pssst: Can't get your items replaced through the warranty (i.e. the most cost-effective way)? Then check out this listing of Tupperware Replacement Lids. You can also find Tupperware replacement parts.

How Do I Replace Broken Tupperware? Start with the Tupperware Warranty (in plain English)

You'll likely remember, like I did, that there's a Tupperware guarantee. It's actually a Limited Lifetime Warranty (you'll see why below).

During my online chat with a representative, I found out the following information:

🍚Tupperware Replacement Policy

“Tupperware® brand products are warranted by Tupperware against chipping, cracking, breaking or peeling under normal non-commercial use for the lifetime of the product. If, due to unavailability, actual product replacement cannot be made, comparable product replacement will be made, or credit toward future purchases of Tupperware® brand products will be given. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Warranty replacement items or parts will be subject to shipping and handling charges and applicable taxes.”

Other things you should know about Tupperware's warranty: 

  • What's NOT Covered: Items that have been melted (for example, from your dishwasher), stained items (drats — spaghetti stains Tupperware pretty good!), discoloration, cuts/scratches, impact damage, prints/pouches/straps/taps.
  • Item May Be Replaced with Something Else: If you're like me, then you've had your Tupperware pieces for a long time. Over the decades, they stop making certain pieces, or they modify them. So don't be surprised if you get something in new colors, or something that is not an exact match to your old item.
  • You Might Not get a Value-in-Kind: Because they likely don't sell the same thing you own, they let you know that if the replacement item costs less in value then yours, there will be no refund of the difference. Also, if it costs more, you might have to pay the difference to get it.

Pssst: Are you bummed your items don't qualify for replacement through warranty (i.e. the most cost-effective way)? Don't worry. You can still get replacements. Check out this listing of Replacement lids for Tupperware. You can also find Tupperware replacement parts.


Tupperware Replacement Lids – Where Can I Get My Tupperware Replaced?

You can look into getting your old Tupperware replaced through several different methods, including by calling them directly, by finding a local consultant to help, or by submitting a warranty request online.

Before doing any of these, you should have your part's model/mold number available.

And if nothing else works? Some people have reported having luck with these silicone stretch lids (BPA-free).


Are Old Tupperware Containers BPA Free?

If you're like me, and you've had Tupperware pieces for decades, then you might be wondering whether or not those old pieces are BPA-free.

What is BPA? It's Bisphenol A, which is found in many plastic products (though not so much, anymore). Consumers have gotten smart about looking and demanding BPA-free plastics, and for good reason. Studies show that BPA is “linked to obesity in children and adults as well as to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, reproductive disorders, breast cancer, and more.”

Here's the thing: Tupperware has officially said that all their containers are BPA-free as of March 2010.

screenshot of Tupperware site that says "as of March 2010, items sold by Tupperware US & CA are BPA free"

What does that say to me? My opinion is, this means Tupperware pieces made before March 2010 may (and probably do – it was common practice to use BPA in plastics) have BPA in them.

Psst: an easy way to tell if your Tupperware container has BPA in it? Turn it over and look on the bottom. If there is a “7” inside the recycle symbol on the bottom (the triangle), then it likely contains BPA. BPA-free products will have a 1, 2, or 5 inside of that triangle.

That alone might make you want to replace your old Tupperware pieces, and if they're broken/peeled/etc. anyway, you could upgrade to a new, BPA-piece for just the cost of shipping and handling. However, if your old Tupperware doesn't have anything wrong with it that's covered under the warranty, then you can't get it replaced for free due to it possibly having BPA.

But don't worry. You can still get replacements and replacement parts. Check out this listing of Replacement lids for Tupperware. You can also find Tupperware replacement parts.

Tupperware's Lifetime Warranty – Old Tupperware Exchange

Now I want to share with you my own experience to give you an idea of how the process works.

Based on what the Tupperware warranty covers, here's the rundown of items I wanted replaced:

  • 1 Small, Microwavable Bowl with Tupperware Lid (chipped)
  • 1 Large, Microwavable Container with Tupperware Lid (cracked)
  • 1 Set of Measuring Cups (warped)
  • 1 Set of Measuring Spoons (peeling)

Tried Two Different Replacement Methods (By Mail, and By Phone)

I didn't feel like tracking down a consultant (honestly, I would feel bad asking some random consultant to replace my items if I wasn't going to purchase other ones from her/him), so decided to attempt replacements by both mail and by phone for comparison purposes.

During our online chat, the representative told me that I could either call 1 (800) 887-7379 (the Tupperware replacement phone number) and they will place a special order to send me the replacement with a $5.75 shipping and handling fee (this is a flat fee for the entire order, not per product replaced. Awesome!).

Psst: I didn't have to ship anything in, but the rep said to keep the items for 30 days because they could request to see them during that time.

Or, I could ship the item myself to their factory at the following address with me paying to ship them, but paying no shipping and handling fee for the new replacements:

248 Tupperware Rd.
Hemingway, SC 29554.

  • By Mail: I chose to ship the least expensive items to the warehouse, which were the small measuring spoons. I used an old envelope to mail them on February 20, 2016 for $2.54 (includes tracking) through USPS. Also, I included a letter with my name, phone number, email address, and mailing address.
  • By Phone: This left the measuring spoons, small bowl, and large container to handle over the phone. On February 29, 2016 I made the call. I had to let the person know each of the model numbers (thankfully located on the bottom of each piece of Tupperware). One item was not available, so they said to call back in a few days to see if it was available then (it was). Since they did not have it, they waived the shipping and handling fee on this order.

Note: The third option, which I chose not to take, is to find a consultant to give the items to. If you'd like to do this, go to www.Tupperware.com and on the left-hand sidebar is an option to “Find a Consultant“.

The Fresh-Leftovers Results

Just like the representative told me, the item I mailed took much longer to be replaced than the items I called in (42 looooooonnnng days. Good thing we had an alternate set of measuring spoons from my husband's bachelor pad days).

The items by phone arrived much more quickly, but not within the 9 days they had quoted me. Two boxes arrived on March 13, 2016, 13 days later. One of the containers came with the wrong-sized lid, so on March 14th I online chatted with them again. The rep resent the correct lid − no shipping charge to me − and that arrived 10 days later on March 24th.

Altogether, I ended up spending just $8.29 out of pocket for products that would have cost me $59.85 (of course I had paid for them at one point; but with my family's consulting discounts and 20 years' worth of inflation, I think I came out ahead).

Also, they never asked to see the items I was asking to have replaced…so I still have them as well. Score!

Time to conduct your own Tupperware Cupboard Audit? Here's a Few Tips

From going through the process, I've got a few tips for you:

  • Batch to Save on Shipping and Handling Costs: $5.75 shipping and handling fee is per order, not per product. So go through your cabinets and get everything that needs to be replaced done at once to get the most bang for your buck.
  • Ship Smaller Items Yourself to Save Money: If you have small items, then go ahead and ship them yourself as you'll likely save from having to pay the $5.75 shipping and handling fee.
  • Save Your Tracking Number: Get a tracking number from the USPS and save it in case the items are lost.
  • Score Free Shipping Altogether: Going to a Tupperware party already? Then don't forget to bring those items needing replaced. In Canada? Then the rep said you will need to find a consultant anyway in order to have your items replaced under the warranty.
  • Save Time: If you really need those items quickly, then call them in instead of using mail. The phone-call turnaround time is supposed to be within 9 days. The mailing option took them a total of 42 days to get me the replacement.
  • Know the Functionality You're Looking to Replace: They didn't have one of my items, but I was able to ask for something that had a lid and was microwavable − the two things I had identified as most important to me.

Looking for Tupperware Replacement Lids – India?

One more thing — are you from India, and you're looking to replace your Tupperware lids? I reached out to the company, and they said that it's about the same in all countries to get replacement Tupperware. You can contact your dealer to to get the replacement under warranty, or you can go to this Tupperware India contact page for help.

Overall, I was very satisfied with my transaction. And now I've got a few updated pieces of Tupperware in my cupboards!

So, how about it? Are you going to do a Tupperware audit? Let me know in the comments below what items you're getting replaced, and how the process goes for you!

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Amanda L. Grossman is a writer and Certified Financial Education Instructor, Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Frugal Confessions. Over the last 13 years, her money work has helped people with how to save money and how to manage money. She's been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Business Insider, LifeHacker, Real Simple Magazine, Woman's World, Woman's Day, ABC 13 Houston, Keybank, and more. Read more here.


Friday 4th of August 2023

I just called Tupperware (August 2023) about a replacement lid for a servalier canister. Their customer service is all overseas somewhere now. They said I could get a replacement, but would have to send in the broken one first (to North Carolina) and it would take 10 - 12 weeks to get my replacement. I am now looking around ebay to see if I can just buy a lid, as 3 months is a long time to wait for a replacement lid...........


Wednesday 26th of April 2023

In the 1990's I purchased a great deal of Tupperware to put all of my baking supplies and cereals in. They now all smell bad. Do you know if Tupperware warrants their containers against collecting odors that won't come out, which leach into the food stored in them? I've tried the baking soda and dishwasher, to no avail.


Monday 8th of May 2023

@Sur, I have had a similar issue & I soaked them in a nice smelling dishwashing liquid & gave then a good scrub with a kitchen brush. No smell!

Amanda L Grossman

Friday 28th of April 2023

Hi Sur - I'm actually not sure. If you do happen to find out, please let us know.

Becky Tatum

Tuesday 11th of April 2023

Thank you for your article. I have been trying to get my stash of broken Tupperware replaced for 6 months. Like another person mentioned, the company person I called said their system was down (for several years????) for replacements, and I would have to try later or contact a rep. Well, I found a high ranking local manager and messaged her, and she is not interested in helping me with my replacements: said it would take too much time. (note she lives less than a mile from me in Tallahassee, FL) I first contacted her in September, and said I would wait until after the holidays. Well, she has since broken her leg and said she has to focus on her recovery, her family, and her business. Well, where does that leave me? I am trying with another Tupperware rep, who said she works full time, has children, and this will take a lot of time.......I am trying again before going to corporate. I have many items that are legitimately broken and qualify for replacement. (at least 60, mostly lids, mostly the same color blue modular mate lids from the 80s) I am a former manager, and handling replacements was part of the job. I hope to hear from this local rep this week. Yes, I feel bad not buying anything from her, and understand she will gain nothing from helping me. I will try again with Corporate, but if they do not help I have little choice. Very very disappointed in a company I once represented and was successful with.

Dollar Diva

Wednesday 7th of June 2023

@Becky Tatum, Hi 😊. An idea I just had is to perhaps work the other direction and find a hungry new consultant and offer to host a show for her!? Who knows it could work 😊

Amanda L Grossman

Tuesday 11th of April 2023

Oh no, Becky - I'm sorry you're having a lot of frustration getting your products replaced. So interesting that you used to work at Tupperware handling replacement parts! Would you say the process has become more difficult than when you were working there? It seems like it, from the comments I've been receiving lately on this article.


Tuesday 7th of March 2023

I have a large collander that is peeling. I found a local Tupperware rep and she tried doing a warranty exchange on it. She was told she can only offer me $5.50 towards another purchase because the item I have is discontinued. That is not my problem and $5.50 is an insult compared to what they charge for their products with a lifetime warranty that they will not honor. I am going to try to contact customer service and see what they say. I have a feeling I will have a few choice words for them.

Amanda L Grossman

Wednesday 8th of March 2023

I'm sorry to hear that, Terri. I'd be bummed as well. I hope you get somewhere with customer service - please let us know if you do!


Monday 14th of November 2022

My Tupperware cabinet was so smelly! I did some online research and found the remedy. Place ALL of your Tupperware (including loose lids) in a clean large container or your kitchen sink (depending on how many items you have). Completely cover with water and sprinkle in a generous amount of baking soda. Swish around and let sit for 1-2 hours, then rinse and air dry. No more smell!!

Amanda L Grossman

Thursday 17th of November 2022

Ooohhh - that's a great tip, Sherrie. Thanks for sharing!