In the 1950s, bubble wrap inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes initially thought that the air-filled material they had created would be a success as three-dimensional wallpaper. When that didn't work out, Fielding and Chavannes tried out their plastic bubble wrap prototype as a greeenhouse insulator, and it worked pretty well. However, Chavannes soon realized that this invention would be perfect as packaging material for fragile items, much better than wadded-up pieces of newspaper... and the rest is history.
Many other uses have been found for bubble wrap, including solar warming covers for swimming pools and insulation for windows.
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