National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day- it’s Pop Culture

In 1957 two inventors named Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were working on a three-dimensional plastic wallpaper.

By sealing two shower curtains together, they trapped a layer of bubbles.

Yes, that’s right – bubble wrap.

Although that idea never popped, they found that bubble wrap could be used as packing material.

(Though they did try it as a greenhouse insulation first.)

Bubble Wrap is now manufactured in 52 countries.

Every year, the factories make enough to stretch to the moon and back.

The two inventors probably never dreamed of the uses of bubble wrap since – wedding dresses, chocolate molds, paint applicators.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day came about when a shipment of microphones was delivered to a radio station in Bloomington, Ind.

The microphones inadvertently picked up the sound of the Bubble Wrap they had been wrapped in.

Not the rustling sound, but the popping sound.

Bubble Wrap reduces stress

“There’s something about the sound,” Dr. Kathleen M. Dillon said in an interview.

She established that popping Bubble Wrap reduces stress and leaves the popper less tired.

You can find her report in the journal Psychological Reports in 1992 under the title “Popping Sealed Air-Capsules to Reduce Stress”.

Bubble Wrap is a – toy?

Bubble wrap was a finalist in 2016 for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

To be eligible, Inductees must foster learning or creativity through play.

So, grab a piece of bubble wrap today, and go to town!



Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.