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[Tupperware] A registered trademark for a series of plastic storage containers. Tupperware Corporation was founded by Earl Tupper, a former DuPont chemist. Tupperware® containers were first sold as a consumer product in 1946. They are composed of polyethylene and have very low permeability to moisture and air. Tupperware is durable, flexible, odorless and lightweight. The bowls have a patented seal designed to minimize leaks.

Synonyms and Related Terms

polyethylene; polythene

Resources and Citations

  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • M.Kaufman, The First Century of Plastics, The Plastics and Rubber Institute, London, 1963
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002