by shahzad.akram

10 Facts About Bubble Wrap

There aren't many things more satisfying than taking a sheet of bubble wrap and popping those bubbles one after another. Aside from its propensity to relive stress, bubble wrap is used to protect fragile items during transit. Yet bubble wrap is a product with a unique history, here's our 10 facts about bubble wrap that you didn't know before.

1. Intended Originally As Wallpaper

That's right, originally bubble wrap was created to be used as wallpaper. In the 1950's two inventors named Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes created bubble wrap as a three-dimensional wallpaper. However, the idea didn't take off. Forced to switch gears, they discovered that bubble wrap made for a great packaging material. In 1960, they created the company Sealed Air (a play on words of how air is trapped inside the hemispheres on a bubble wrap sheet.)

woman popping bubble wrap

2. USED BY ACTORS TO STUFF THEIR BACKPACKS ON FILMSETS

The days can be long for actors when filming a movie and if a scene calls for an actor to be carrying a weighted backpack, then those days can be painful. However, Hollywood has a solution for this problem. Instead of using real items, bubble wrap is stuffed into backpacks, giving them a filled appearance and easing the strain across the actor's shoulders.

3. Stopped A Giant Pumpkin From Exploding

In 2000, the organisers at a Pumpkin dropping contest in Iowa, USA decided to hold a potentially messy test. Could bubble wrap protect a giant 812kg pumpkin named 'Gourdzilla' from destruction when dropped from a 35 foot tall crane? Donning waterproof jackets and visors, the test went head. The pumpkin fell, landed on a sheet of bubble wrap and remained in one piece.

giant pumpkin

4. Has Had Roles In Major Films Most Actors Would Die For

Here's a partial list of films, where Bubble Wrap has starred in:

  • Wall-E
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • Liar, Liar
  • Dude Where’s My Car

5. Was Used As A Wedding Dress

Rachel Robinson, a primary school teacher from Toft, near Bourne, Linconshire in 2010, ditched wearing a traditional cloth based dress, opting instead for a wedding dress manufactured from bubble wrap. The dress was created to celebrate an end-of-term recycling project at her school.

6. Can Be Used As Insulation

Following their failure to market bubble wrap as 3d wallpaper, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes had success in using bubble wrap to insulate greenhouses, as the product managed to retain heat. However, the idea failed to be implemented by companies in the agriculture sector. Despite this bubble wrap can still be used to trap heat from escaping by applying it around windows. For it to work though, you must fight the urge to pop the bubbles.

bubble wrap on windows

7. Has its own holiday

January 27 is Bubble Wrap appreciation day, when folks all around the world show their love for bubble wrap by destroying it and gaining satisfaction at the same time.

8. Allows For A Better Nights Sleep On A Camping Trip

For people unfamiliar with sleeping outdoors or inside a tent, bubble wrap can you to sleep better and keep warm. Simply, take a large piece of bubble wrap and slide it under your sleeping bag. The bubble wrap will act as an insulator that provides warmth and protection from moisture.

9. STOPS PIPES FROM FREEZING

Frozen pipes in winter can be a nightmare, though by using bubble wrap you can avoid this from happening. Using tape, affix multiple layers of bubble wrap around pipe sections prone to freezing and thanks to their insulation qualities, bubble wrap will keep those areas warm and will stop them from freezing.

freezing pipes in winter

10. CUSHIONS OFFICE CHAIRS

Sitting for long periods on worn out office chairs can not only be painful on the body, but bad for your health as well. There is however, a cheap and quick-fire way of increasing cushioning support on old chairs. Take multiple layers of bubble wrap, tape them into a square shape and then attach the bubble wrap piece onto whichever area of your chair needs extra support, be it the seat or the lumbar area.

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