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Just a heads up to anyone using lids made by #Gamma2inc that they seem to be prone to failure. Mine were kept in a temp controlled environment and not subjected to any heavy loads on them and they cracked right down the middle ruining the air sensitive stuff in them.

So if you are needing something air tight and to last longer than a year you might want to search elsewhere.

Morning Sunshine:
weird.  I have had 2 fail in the 13 years I have had the 20 or so on my buckets.  I even have some of them stacked - very carefully with the 13-lb egg noodles or quick oats on top if it is a double stack of Gamma lids.

The first one was on a bucket I use in my kitchen, and my kids were always using it as a stool to reach the counter, so I was not surprised at that one.
The second was a bucket my son took outside and did - I have no idea what he did to that bucket, but he was a 13-yo boy with a plan, so I am also not surprised by that one.

I am not discounting your experience, I hope you know that :) and I am glad for the warning.

Sorry to hear you had troubles. 

I also have been using these for years,  and the only times I have had breakage is from children standing on them, or stacking 3 high with heavy contents, and then it doesnt break in that area.

But, just a heads up, nothing in a plastic bucket with a lid is totally air tight.  You would need a mylar barrier in addition to be air tight.  There will always be a slow air exchange in the buckets.  SO, not for 20 years, but good for a couple years

Perhaps there has been some change in the plastic formulation. Those lids appear to have GAMMA PLASTICS COMPANY   SAN DIEGO, CA. on them as do mine. I don't remember if they had Gamma2 on the label.

I have a question though. Are all the cracked lids colors other than black. Mine are black and only about 3 years in use but it's a thought and very limited experience with plastics years ago make me think some colors of these lids may not perform as well as other colors, that is just conjecture. Also those cracked lids look thin, I don't know how thick they should be but they seem thin to me. Also they have an odd look like the flat surfaces may not be all flat. Some of that look may be caused by lighting but not all I think.

I have my speculation that it is a color problem. I have some white ones that are fine and all the colored (red and blue) ones have failed.  I contacted them and they are not concerned about replacing them since they are over a year old.

I too have seen them fail if you stand heavy things one them and this is nothing like that. I had these buckets stored away from climbing kids and had we not been doing some housekeeping I would not have discovered them.


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