Earl Tupper, a former tree surgeon from New Hampshire, first began experimenting with plastics when he worked at DuPont Chemical after the bankruptcy of his tree business. His supervisor gave him a piece of polyethylene slag left over from the oil refining process. Tupper purified it and molded it into colorful bathroom drinking glasses. His famous spill-proof containers came along later, with the lids modeled after paint can lids except in reverse.
In 1946, he began selling his products in hardware and department stores, but sales were weak because consumers were confused about how they worked. However, sales at household parties held by Stanley Home Products were strong, so Tupper hired Stanley’s top two sales people and sold Tupperware exclusively through Tupperware parties. Twelve years after the first Tupperware went on the market, Tupper sold his business for $16 million (equivalent to over $70 million today) and retired.
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