You probably weren’t aware of this, but Bubble Wrap® has been around for 57 years now! It was invented in 1957 by two engineers– Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes as an attempt to create a removable wallpaper (Inc.com).
Bubble Wrap® starts out as small bits of plastic that are melted down and mashed together to form plastic sheets (Lumshway). The sheets are then passed over a round metal bar that has dents in it that form the bubbles and all that’s left is to attach the plastic sheet that holds the air in and you have Bubble Wrap® (Lumshway)!
There are so many different sizes and colors of Bubble Wrap® that you are bound to find the right fit for any item. It has even been combined with envelopes in order to provide convenient built-in cushioning for small items in the mail. This creation is called the Jiffylite® Mailer. A&R actually carries Jiffylite® as well as Bubble Wrap® if you would like to purchase any of these items today!
Jiffylite® Mailers: http://www.arboxpackaging.com/category/Envelopes/Padded-bubble-mailers
Bubble Wrap®: http://www.arboxpackaging.com/category/Envelopes/Padded-bubble-mailers
Just scroll over our Bubble Wrap® tab on the left to find the right item for you!
It is always best to try to reuse a product as much as possible before it is recycled. You may know someone who might need some Bubble Wrap® for shipping, moving, or storage purposes. Also, any shipping store would be a great place to drop off this cushioned packaging item. However, if you would like to recycle your used Bubble Wrap®, there are recycling addresses listed here for The USA and Canada: http://www.sealedairprotects.com/na/en/sustainability/recycle_bubble.aspx
If you would like to find out more about recycling other items as well, you can head over to Earth911: http://earth911.com/recycling/
Lumshway, Webiny. How Bubble Wrap Is Made. 12 April 2011. http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Bubble-Wrap-Is-Made&id=6171266
14 Inventors We Love. http://www.inc.com/ss/14-inventors-we-love#9