Bubble Wrap Was Supposed To Be Wallpaper

Bubble Wrap Was Supposed To Be Wallpaper

Bubble wrap was invented by two engineers, Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes, in New Jersey in 1957. They first created it as wallpaper, by sealing two shower curtains together and letting the air bubbles remain between them. The wallpaper didn't sell, and next it was marketed as greenhouse insulation. Three years after its creation, bubble wrap was finally used for packing.

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    Sealed Air has created a new packing material made out of mushrooms, not plastic. (0:32)

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    See bubble wrap being made: (1:23)

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    There are more than 100 different kinds of bubble wrap. (1:46)

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