Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. What do you think is the most reliable way to pack a fragile item?
Bubble wrap was invented sort of by accident in 1957. Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were trying to create a 3D plastic wallpaper. It failed, but they found that the material worked well for packing.
Fielding co-founded Sealed Air Corp, which produces a variety of packing material.
Bubble wrap is most often formed from polyethylene film. The bubbles can be as small as 6 millimeters in diameter to as large as 26 millimeters.
Bubble Wrap's first client was IBM to ship their IBM 1401 computer.
Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993.
Sealed Air's corporate offices have "stress relief boxes" that are filled with Bubble Wrap.
The best part of any shipment is the bubble wrap.