The Essential History of Bubble Wrap

By Storbox Self-Storage on March 21, 2012 - Comments off

Packing and moving is a long and involved process which can be made harder or easier depending on the packing supplies you use. One of these supplies, which has kept our possessions safe and has made packing more stress free, is the incomparable bubble wrap. With those individual pockets of air, it holds its position in between our glassware, lamps, and fragile mementos so that they stay in one piece while traveling from their old home to their new one. But where did this amazing blanket of air bubbles that are fun to pop come from?

In 1957, two engineers by the names of Marc Chavannes and Alfred Fielding inadvertently invented one of the most widely used packing materials around today. But, if they weren’t trying to make packing materials, what were they trying to make that had air bubbles in it? A very good question! Chavannes and Fielding were trying to make a plastic wallpaper (glad that didn’t work out). They had allegedly sealed two shower curtains together, which created a superficial, or slight layer, of air bubbles, and tried to sell that as wallpaper.

It wasn’t successful as wallpaper, and so it was then marketed as greenhouse insulation. Chavannes and Fielding branded bubble wrap in 1960 under the Sealed Air Corporation which they founded, but it wasn’t used as protective packing material until a few years later, when bubble wrap was used by IBM to protect the IBM 1401 during shipment. After that, it grew and became the wonderful bubble wrap we know and love today. Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1993.

Whether you have questions about how to safely pack for your move, or you’re looking to find a safe, accessible, and affordable storage space for your worldly possessions, the friendly and professional staff at STORBOX Self-Storage in Pasadena can help. Call us today at (626) 793-9888 to find out what we have to offer!

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