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Published on January 27th, 2014 | by admin

Today Is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

Whether it’s for packing items in storage boxes for that house or office move, or for using it to protect a wrapped gift, bubble wrap takes some beating!

What’s more, who doesn’t love popping bubble wrap?! There is nothing more therapeutic is there? So with that in mind perhaps it’s not that surprising that today the world is celebrating the 14th annual Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

Originally the creation of engineers Marc Chavannes and Alfred Fielding, the pair initially envisaged their product as wallpaper no less, quite a contrast to its usage now.

So how is bubble wrap packaging made you might ask? Bubble Wrap cushioning starts as polythene (plastic) resin, in the form of beads. The beads then go into an extruder. As the heat builds up and the resin melts, it forms into a liquid that is squeezed out of the cylinder into two stacked sheets of clear plastic film.

One layer of the film is then wrapped around a drum with holes punched in it, and suction is applied drawing one web of film into the holes that form the bubbles. The second layer of film is then laminated over the first so that when the two films are joined, they stick together and trap the air in the bubbles. And then, hey presto!

Not only is bubble wrap a particularly useful creation for anyone transporting breakable items, it has even inspired artists to use it to create a series of sculptures.

Renowned sculptor Guy Portelli has produced a series of creations titled ‘Temptation and Reward’ where he looked at packaging and the desire of ownership.

Stating an appreciation for bubble wrap that many of us probably share, Guy once said: “I love the way that the bubbles stretch over a figure creating a rhythm and contour, that is visually exciting and very tactile. For me bubble wrap is the closest man made material to nature, thinking of seaweed and plant structures, I think that this is what attracts us to it.”

Interestingly, and somewhat of a coincidence, Guy Portelli found out that it was invented in 1957, which was the same year he was born. So it seems like it was destiny for him to be working with bubble wrap!


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