Accidental Inventions: Bubble Wrap

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Originally marketed as wallpaper, Bubble Wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes who sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles. When the product was unsuccessful as wallpaper, it was marketed as greenhouse insulation. Bubble Wrap was branded by Sealed Air Corporation in 1960, but it was not until a few years later that its use in packaging was discovered. Bubble Wrap’s first client was IBM who used the product to protect the IBM 1401 computer in shipping. (Wiki)