Hesitated to buy this after reading some of the reviews, but longed for a replacement for my 40+ year old melamine bowl that finally gave out. I LOVE this bowl! I don't use it for garbage though, it's a perfect bowl for salads and general baking. Don't know if it can last 40 years, but love it so far.
UPDATE: So sad - my bowl developed a crack in it April 2013. Didn't make it any where near as long as I'd hoped.