When the name of your product becomes the name for the category itself (think Band-Aids, Kleenex or Q-tips), you’ve hit the big time. Just ask Earl Tupper, who created his famous airtight food containers in 1946. The Guinness Book of World Records named Tupperware one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, and Good Housekeeping states that a Tupperware party is held every 1.4 seconds, raking in billions in revenue each year.
I’ve never understood the appeal, especially after spending 20 minutes unsuccessfully rummaging through 40 Tupperware lids in order to throw my leftover spaghetti in the fridge.
Tupperware ruins friendships. We lose our best Tupperware whenever we deliver food to a party or sick friends because it rarely makes its way back.