What Was the Original Purpose of Bubble Wrap?

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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  • "Bubble wrap" is a generic trademark owned by the Sealed Air Corporation, a North Carolina-based company co-founded by Alfred Fielding that has made billions selling rolls of its “air-filled hemispheres.”

  • The company also likes to remind consumers about the stress-relief potential of the product: Many people just can't resist popping bubble after bubble. The company also offers iBubble wrap, which cannot be popped.

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday in January.

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