Bubble Wrap. It’s just something most of us can’t seem to resist popping every time we see it. It brings a smile to someone when they see those plastic bubbles of air that are just waiting for someone to stomp, squish or burst to hear that satisfying “pop” of this useful, yet fun, packing material.
Today, the last Monday in January, is the celebrated as Bubble Appreciation Day. BWAD started in 2001 when two of DJs in Bloomingdale, Ind. were bored and needed to find something to cover on the radio in-between Martin Luther King Day and the Super Bowl. These two funny guys decided to hold a Bubble Wrap Olympics with relays and other fun events, and thus BWAD was born.
Bubble Wrap was invented in 1960, and started off not as packing material, but as insulated wallpaper by a company called Sealed Air, in New Jersey. The product didn’t do so well as wallpaper, and someone eventually came up with the idea that it worked great to use to protect breakables when mailing or shipping them when someone moves.
From there on it’s history and somewhere along the line someone found out how fun it is to pop the bubbles in the wrap. Workers at the plant get their own memo sized bubble wrap and on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day they have all they could ever want to pop away the day.
During the past 10 years, Bubble Wrap lovers have done many different things to celebrate the day. On Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day have held festivals complete with football helmets made of the much loved wrap, as well as dresses, bags, and even a wedding gown.
So, get ready to pop the day away with a big roll of Bubble Wrap tonight! It’s just like a bag of potato chips, you can’t stop at just one.