Celebrate Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day!


Who could resist? Photograph: Getty Images

Indulge in the simple pleasures of bubble wrap on Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day, Monday January 25, 2010!

A Brief History of Bubble Wrap

In the wild and woolly world of packaging material development, bubble wrap was a colossal breakthrough. It all began, as these stories often do, in small garage in New Jersey where two engineers were attempting to create paper backed plastic wallpaper. Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding labored away, confident their plastic walls would appeal to the masses and make them rich in the process.

Well, the wallpaper never took off, but the world soon learned how useful this product would be as a shock absorber in shipping packages. And how bizarrely relaxing it is to sit around and mindlessly pop away…just why is that, anyway? Really, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of bubble wrap’s myriad possibilities!

Bubble Wrap® Makes Good NeighborsBuild-It-Solar-Bubble-Wrap-Window

Imagine this…a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and you stretch and open your eyes only to see your hirsute neighbor across the way stumbling around in his skivvies. Yeccch. There goes your perfect morning. Well, guess what? Not only will a nice layer of bubble wrap®  insulate your windows, but it will also form a lovely visual barrier between you and Mister Way-Too-Much-Back-Hair. So use that leftover holiday bubble wrap by cutting it to the size of your windows.  Spray a thin layer of water on the window and apply the bubble wrap, bubble side to the window, while the window is still wet.  You can then wave good-bye to your neighbor and smile as you get ready for your day.

Need a Costume, Pronto? Break out the Bubble Wrap®!

No Sew Costumes From Halloween 2000, Fall 2000 Martha Stewart

No Sew Costumes From Halloween 2000, Fall 2000 Martha Stewart

When you are at a loss for costume ideas, you can always make things out of bubble wrap. Try this bubble wrap® jellyfish costume.  All you need is a white shirt and pants/skirt/etc…a clear umbrella and some bubble wrap and voila!  Just add some evil bubble wrap tentacles to your bumbershoot and you’re suddenly a menace from the deep.

Bubble Wrap Could Save Your Life

Want to indulge in some watery fun, but don’t know how to swim? Just roll yourself in bubble wrap®, baby!  Sure, it might require assistance from some friends, but that’s all part of the fun. Next thing you know, you’ll be floating about with not a care in the world.  And consider bringing an emergency roll of bubble wrap roll along with you on your next boat outing.  When your friend ends up overboard, toss him a bubble wrap®lifeline. Check out this video to learn how to use bubble wrap as a floatation device:

Share the Bubbly Love!

Buy bubble wrap rolls and host a theme party.  Let the creativity bubble over as you find new ways to use the wonder that is bubble wrap®. Send a pic our way or post them to Manhattan Mini Storage Facebook Page! We will be making a Top Ten List of Uses for Bubble Wrap® in the upcoming months!

And of course, remember to keep a bubble wrap roll under your desk so you can enjoy hours of stress relief. Ahhhh…the sweet, soothing feeling of popping those little bubbles…more interactive than watching fish and cheaper than a massage!

BUBBLE WRAP® is a registered trademark of Sealed Air Corporation (US)