Fun Fact: Bubblewrap invented in NJ, by a NJ Steven’s Institute Graduate and NJ native

By mark-slade January 28, 2013

My friend Hank Zona, of Grapes Unwrapped, posted on Facebook about bubble wrap and how it was invented in New Jersey. So, as so many of my clients do, I googled it and confirmed Hank’s fun fact.

Here is the research:
An illustrious Stevens alumnus, the late Alfred W. Fielding co-invented Bubble Wrap in the late 1950s. Today, Sealed Air Corporation, the Saddle Brook, N.J.-based company he co-founded in 1960, is a worldwide manufacturer of packaging materials with annual revenues exceeding $3 billion. Fielding’s story is one of those inspirational invention tales with a creative, unintended twist – a success story that even today Stevens students can learn from as they look forward to their careers. The early history of Bubble Wrap demonstrates, for inventors, that keeping an open mind to possible applications is a clear advantage – ultimately, you may start out trying to invent one thing, only to hit on an even better idea.
Inventor & Entrepreneur

The story begins in 1957 in a garage in Hawthorne, N.J., with two entrepreneurial engineers hard at work, Fielding and his partner, a Swiss inventor named Marc Chavannes. They are trying to invent a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. It fails. But along the way they realize their invention could be used for packing material. Thus, giving birth to what is now known around the world as Bubble Wrap, and the Sealed Air Corporation, the company that has developed and marketed it. Through its technology, Sealed Air Corporation essentially built a specialty chemical business in protective packaging. The kinds of chemical engineering processes employed to make Sealed Air’s products a success are taught at Stevens today. What’s more, the entrepreneurial spirit behind the environment at Stevens is the very same that led Fielding to found Sealed Air Corporation.

A native of Hackensack, N.J., Fielding graduated from Stevens in 1939. He earned a master of science degree from Stevens in 1943. Stevens awarded him an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree in 1986. He is in the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame for his role in creating Bubble Wrap, and he was inducted into membership in The Newcomen Society of the United States in 1982. The Newcomen Society recognizes pioneers who have laid the foundations for major enterprises.

While we all know bubblewrap for its shipping benefits, we also know it can be a fun game for kids (and adults)as well as a stress reliever for adults!

Pop, Pop, Pop!

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
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