Lets be honest, can you pass a sheet of bubble wrap and not feel tempted to pop a couple of them? I know in the 42 years I have been around that the answer is an honest no, and watching most other people the temptation is always there. Well, this simple but addictive product is now turning 50, so I say, Happy Birthday Bubble Wrap!
The plastic material, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, is the only kind of packaging that’s as popular for relieving stress as it is for protecting post.
The Bubble Wrap story began completely by accident in 1957.
Two US engineers, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, were trying to make a textured wallpaper with an easy-to-use paper backing.
But they soon realised they had a bigger hit on their hands, switched to using layers of melted plastic resin, and formed Sealed Air, which is now a global company worth £2billion.
Metro did contact the makers to get some more fun facts but all the executives were in Florida attending the 50th birthday party.
It was left to Lisa Bond, of stationers Ryman, to pay tribute: ‘Not only has it taken the packaging world by storm but households and offices around the country readily use it as a fun way to let off steam.’ via Metro.co.uk.
If you want to pop some bubbles now, there is a site that allows you to do so online.