This was why the bubble wrap was originally invented for! You will surely be surprised to know the reason!!
The bubble wrap is an old favorite of many of us. Apart from its unmatched ability to safeguard goods and fragile products like electronics, these also serve as a very enjoyable toy for young and the old alike. After all, who can resist the urge to pop those bubbles and savor those long hours of fun? And shockingly, it has even entered the fashion world and we have fashion freaks wearing them today. But there is more to these awesome bubble wraps than what we merely take them to be. These were actually not invented for guarding goods and packages. In fact, the bubble wrap is a result of an interior decor experiment that went awry.
1 It was meant to be textured wallpaper!
Joey Green is the co-author of a book dedicated to the bubble wrap. It is called “The Bubble Wrap Book”. Green says that the credit of the invention of bubble wrap goes to Marc Chavannes and Alfred Fielding. In 1957, the duo was working to make a special kind of textured wallpaper to be used for home decor purposes. They used a pair of shower curtains and pressed them together in a machine to come up with a uniquely textured wallpaper. They planned on developing a plastic wallpaper that has a paper backing. But, their machine worked quite differently and instead produced plastic sheets that were filled with air bubbles.
2 The eureka moment!
The invention definitely did not work as wallpaper. It was during a flight that Chavennes hit the eureka moment. While the plane was descending down, he felt that it was being protectively cushioned by clouds. This sowed the idea of the splendid concept when he felt that his failed plastic wallpaper can actually be used for something quite different, for safeguarding packaged goods.
Thus, the meant-to-be shower curtain textured wallpaper was then refined and marketed as a protective packaging that found wide acceptance in the industrial sector.
3 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
With the popular pastime of bursting of the air pockets that we get in bubble wraps, there is a special day marked worldwide and is known as the Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. It falls on the last Monday of January and this year, 2016 celebrated the 10th anniversary of this event.
4 The popping addiction
The moment you get hold of a sheet of bubble wrap, you simply cannot stop yourself from popping the air filled tiny pockets that are a full amusement especially because of the “pop” sound that it gives out and the satisfaction in bursting as many bubbles as possible. Kids simply love this game and there are many instances when folks playfully compete with one another outshining each other in the most number of bubbles burst or the loudest noise produced while compressing and bursting the bubbles. The bubble wrap will always remain an addictive time pass.
5 Alternative uses of bubble wrap
Off late if you have been unpacking a lot of goods or receiving a lot of packages, there are high chances that you have got plenty of bubble wraps in your house. If you resist the urge to burst those bubbles then you can cleverly use the wraps in a wide variety of uses you probably never thought of. Here we let you know how you can put the bubble wraps to use!
Insulating drafty windows – Spray water on your window and stick the bubble wrap sheets on to it with the flat side facing you. This way you can keep the house warm and also enjoy some privacy while also giving room to natural light.
Take them with you on holidays – If you love collecting souvenirs from the places you visit then don’t forget to take bubble wraps with you. All kinds of breakable objects that you buy on your trips can be safely brought all the way back home if you keep them covered in bubble wraps before packing into your luggage.
Protecting plants – Protecting outdoor container plants from frost during winter by wrapping the container with bubble wraps.
Insulating food – If you don’t want your groceries to get spoilt then you can wrap them in bubble wraps to keep them insulated. It helps to keep cold things cold and warm things warm, so be it a hot curry or a cold ice cream, you can wrap their containers in bubble wraps and enjoy them in their real form.
Holding the shape of handbags – If you do not use your purses and handbags regularly then they are likely to sag. Keeping them in upright position and lining the inside with sheets of bubble wrap can help retain their shape.
Cover, cushion, protect, pop or use them in any way, there is no denying the fact that we all love bubble wraps.