Bubblewrap sales hits 85 mile mark

July 29, 2011

Some bright spark at Lok’nStore has just worked out that they have sold an astonishing amount of bubblewrap this year!

If all of the different lengths (10m, 50m, 100m) of bubblewrap that has been sold at Lok’nStore storage centres in 2011, were laid end to end, they would cover a distance of 85 miles! That’s like paving the road from London to Salisbury, in bubble wrap.

Everone’s favourite packing material, was, believe it or not, invented back in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. They started off by sealing two shower curtains together which they then tried to sell as wallpaper! After this was unsuccessful they rebranded it as greenhouse insulation (still a popular use for bubblewrap today). Although Fielding and Chavannes branded bubblewrap (Sealed Air Corporation) in 1960 it was not until many years later that its use in protective packaging was discovered. One of the first companies to utilise it for this purpose was IBM, which used it for protecting computers during shipment and transit.

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