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Popping Through The History of Bubble Wrap

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    26 January 2015

    Bubble Wrap Competition

    At ASC we are sure this day is marked on all your calendars, as it is on ours! Are you ready to celebrate this special day for this versatile packaging product? As a kid or an adult when you are near bubble wrap you just can’t stop yourself from popping, even stamping on it to create that satisfying noise! It’s so addictive!

    To celebrate this amazing day ASC Direct have created a bubble wrap themed competition (nothing too tasking). All you need to do is guess what’s wrapped inside! Hint it’s not a box or more bubble wrap.

                            Bubble Wrap Competition

    Naturally, we did think where has such a day come from? So we did some research into this. We discovered that a radio station had started this day in 2001, called “Spirit 95”. They hold annual events such as bubble wrap popping relays, bubble wrap sculpting and fashion design contests.

    How To Enter: Enter our competition by visiting our social channels, we have posted on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter how to enter.

    Competition ends on 30th Jan 2015 and the winner will be anounced on Monday 2nd Feb 2015.

    Clue Time:

    • 26th January - Its NOT a ASC Box!
    • 27th January - You can find this in the air AND water!
    • 28th January - Its waterproof!
    • 29th January - It Floats!
    • 30th January - Its Yellow!

    What Was Inside??


    History Of Bubble Wrap

    If you ever indulge in purchasing or selling products, then chances are you will have come into contact with bubble wrap before. The sealed air pockets provide the perfect cushioning for sending products around the world and not to mention, the hours of fun they can provide simply popping them is brilliant! But what exactly is the history behind the now world recognisable packaging product?

    Well bubble wrap was originally invented back in 1957 by two engineers named Marc Chavannes and Alfred Fielding in Hawthorne, New Jersey. They had originally set out to create a three-dimensional wallpaper made of plastic, they thought they had hit the jackpot when they sealed two shower curtains together which created a collection of little air bubbles which they tried to sell. However, as you may have guessed it turned out not as successful as they had first hoped.

    After a re-evaluation and a rebrand the team planned on marketing the product as greenhouse insulation after its failure in the wallpaper market. Of course this didn’t last that long either and eventually in 1961 Fielding and Chavannes realised it would be useful as protective packaging. A year after they had turned the invention into a brand, the Sealed Air Corporation. The first client that they managed to recruit was the large technology company IBM. They used the newly purposed bubble wrap to protect their IBM 1401 word length decimal computer providing it with the cushioning it needed to ensure the fragile parts were kept intact. From then on the rest is history; bubble wrap became a globally used product.

    Bubble wrap took off; the air-filled pockets are now seen in all sorts of different packages worldwide. The product has come a very long way since the idea of sealing two shower curtains together emerged. It can now be bought in all sort of different shapes and sizes to offer the best protection possible for your item, including several different variations such as bubble pack, bubble paper, air bubble packing, and even bubble wrapping.

    Even here at ASC we have an extensive range of different bubble wrap options that you can choose from, to ensure that what you are trying to send or move remains intact when it gets to its intended recipient. All of our bubble wrap designs serve a different purpose so they can work to their maximum efficiency, ultimately making sure that your item is exactly the same when it arrives to the recipient as when you sent it.

    How To Use Bubble Wrap.

    As a packaging manufacturer we know customers sometimes struggle knowing which way round the bubbles should sit when packaging an item, as you want the most protection. There is only one way that bubble wrap will provide the best protection to any item it is used on. We recommend you always place the bubble side into the item, this will give a good cushion to your item and spread any impact across the item. Also the flat side of bubble wrap has been crated out of tougher plastic, meaning it can resist against friction when placed in a box or up against anything else.

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