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Published on January 30th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

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60 Years of Using Bubble Wrap

Today you will be pleased to hear, it is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. 2017 also sees this great invention celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Originally invented in 1957, bubble wrap had rather unusual beginnings. Covered in more detail in our article Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, it was actually designed as the base for textured wallpaper. When this failed to materialise, (probably due to the fact that the bubble could be popped) it was then considered for greenhouse insulation, without success.

Eventually in 1960, it was third time lucky for what had begun to look like a failed invention. Bubble wrap found its real calling as a protective packaging material.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

As for Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, this prestigious day has been celebrated since 1995.

A radio station in the United States received a delivery of microphones wrapped in a protective layer of bubble wrap. The urge was too great and when presented with a piece of the famous plastic, the radio presenter broadcast the sound of the bubble popping on air. Ever since then, this day has been celebrated by bubble wrap enthusiasts across the globe.

5 Ways of Using Bubble Wrap You May Not Have Thought Of

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Sixty years on, Bubble Wrap plays an essential role in Packaging and Mailing tasks in the home and office. However, it may be a little more versatile in its use than may first appear. Here are 5 ways of using bubble wrap that you may not have come across before.

Mulching Plants

Put a sheet of bubble wrap with the bubbles facing down on your garden plant beds. Keep the plastic in place using stones. For large areas you can seal strips of bubble wrap together with Duct Tape. Cut small slits in the plastic so you can plant your seeds or seedlings. Ideal for use in winter months and for those surprise frosts during the spring, the bubble wrap can warm the soil by up to 3° Celsius.

Preventing Blisters

Handles on brooms, garden racks and other everyday household items can cause blisters during prolonged use. By wrapping a piece of bubble wrap around the handle you will have soft grip so you can remain comfortable during your work.

Covering Your Car Windscreen in the Winter

As morning winter frosts are now a daily occurrence, you can save time scrapping and de-icing by covering your windscreen each night with some bubble wrap. Keep it in place by placing the plastic under your windscreen wipers. For other winter essentials to keep you on the road, take a look at our Winter Shop.

Comfy Camping

If you and your family are fans of the great outdoors, take some bubble wrap with you next time you go camping. Placing a layer or two of bubble wrap under your sleeping bags will add a touch of comfort to hard or uneven ground.

Keeping Groceries Cold

A great alternative if you forget to take a freezer bag to the supermarket. Line a reusable shopping bag with bubble wrap to keep perishable items cool on the journey home.

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