Bubble wrap is one of those things most people don’t equate with SHipping SuPPlies. Rather, it’s the stress reliever or the tool you once used to annoy your sibling. Despite it being known for its iconic popping sound once a bubble bursts, its primary use is to protect items from being damaged when in transit.
Here are a few interesting facts about bubble wrap and how it’s used in shipping.
Did you know that bubble wrap bubbles come in different sizes? The smaller the bubble means that the product it’s protecting isn’t as fragile. But if the item is prone to being easily breakable, bigger bubbles are far better. Additionally, bubbles are graded for use, like economy grade or even high or strong grade.
Bubble wrap also comes with the option of stickiness! Who knew? But there definitely is bubble wrap that sticks to whatever you’re trying to protect. Adhesive bubble wrap will stick right to a product in order to keep it snug. This type of bubble wrap especially helps for oddly shaped objects. And, even if you’re not looking for that level sticky contact, there’s a type of wrap that’s cohesive bubble wrap, meaning it sticks to itself. This enables the wrap to still protect an item while giving it sufficient room to breathe.
Bubble wrap can do even more when it comes to electronics. You obviously want your electronics to be safe while being transported, but did you know that anti-static bubble wrap can protect your electronic devices and other technology not only by cushioning them but also keeping them zap-free?
One of bubble wrap’s initially intended uses was to insulate greenhouses. I couldn’t believe it at first learning it either, but apparently bubble wrap does a decent job at insulating things. So, if you’ve got an item that should be kept warmer, bubble wrap actually does a good job at keeping it warm. (And something most people don’t know is that it also serves to keep dust and dirt off of a new product. That’s a no brainer, of course, but it’s definitely a positive to wrapping items with it.)
So, while bubble wrap is fun to pop and relieves stress when popping it, it really is one of the most useful shipping supplies out there in keeping items and products safe from the bumpiness of the road during delivery.