The last Monday in January every year is the most unnecessary holiday possible, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Here’s how to celebrate this silly Bubble Wrap Day holiday without hurting the environment.
Bubble Wrap Is Bad For The Environment
Bubble Wrap is bad for the environment. It’s just temporary plastic filled with air that is quickly discarded after shipping. Cardboard spacers, paper padding, and better package design can all easily replace bubble wrap and not be so harmful to the environment. The only thing to really like about bubble wrap is popping it.
How to Celebrate National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day Without Bubble Wrap
The only thing worse than using Bubble Wrap for shipping is wasting it just for popping. What a terrible habit. If you really want the satisfaction of popping every single bubble on a sheet of Bubble Wrap, then pop virtual bubbles. It’s an environmentally friendly way to pop plastic air bubbles. Happy National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!
Bubble Wrap Flash Game
Bubble Wrap Smartphone Games
If you have an iPhone, then check out some of the free virtual bubble wrap games for iOS. They are a lot of fun and let you pop freely on the go.
Amazon also has a full selection of both free and paid Bubble Wrap Popping games (Android) for your smartphone.
Bubble Wrap History
Bubble wrap was first discovered when two plastic shower curtains were sealed together. The inventors, Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding knew they had a good idea on their hands, they just didn’t quite know what that great idea was yet.
- Bubble Wrap Wallpaper: The inventor’s first idea was to market this bubbly sheet of plastic as wallpaper. As tempting as it would be to just punch your walls and make them pop, that idea failed.
- Bubble Wrap Greenhouse Insulation: After bubble wrap wallpaper failed to catch on, the inventors next tried to market it as greenhouse insulation. Another failure.
- Bubble Wrap Packaging: But the inventors keep at it, even after two failures. Their next idea was a hit. They decided to try bubble wrap as package cushioning. Their first customer was IBM. The computer manufacturer used bubble wrap to ship the IBM 1401 to its customers. Since then bubble wrap has been used to ship items small and large around the world.
- Sealed Air Corporation: To help market and produce their new bubble wrap packaging material, Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding formed the Sealed Air Corporation and introduced their new Bubble Wrap invention to the public in January 1960. Sealed Air is now a global Fortune 500 company with about 15,000 employees and over $5 billion in assets.
Popping Bubble Wrap Can Release Stress
Part of the reason why people like Bubble Wrap so much, is that it can release stress. According to a survey conducted by the Sealed Air Corporation, just spending one minute popping the bubbles in Bubble Wrap can release as much street as a 30-minute massage. So be sure to make playing some bubble popping games a part of your Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day celebrations. Why not have fun and release stress at the same time?
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.