So, yesterday was a holiday, but we`re not going to judge if you didn`t realize it was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. This happens every year in the last Monday in January. It`s all about the plastic package cushion that both protects whatever is being shipped and happens to be really to pop.
昨天是假期，但是如果你不知道昨天是惠州泡沫包装赞赏日(Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day)，没有关系。这个节日是每月的最后一个周一。节日都是关于可以保护运输物品的塑料泡沫包装。
CNN visited the factory and found that bubble wrap is only part of its story.
Inside Sealed Air`s headquarters in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, they may get by the truckload every hour. But there`s something new happening. In their lab, they`re creating boxes that self inflate, bubbles that inflate on sight and packaging that takes the shape of a product, once it`s cracked much like a hand warmer.
This is not made out of plastic. It`s made out of mushrooms.
Mushrooms that I can eat?
Mushrooms that you can eat. Oh, it doesn`t smell.
It doesn`t smell like mushroom. Does it take like mushroom?
But bubble wraps started it all. And like other brilliant inventions, it was made by accident.
The story begins in 1957 when these guys were trying to make wall paper. It didn`t quite stick, but from that failure, bubble wrap is born.
What is the secret to making bubble wrap?
I`m not going to say that.
Come on down.
This would be one of the resins (ph) that we`re using on the product.
And this is essentially plastic?
This is plastic.
And then it gets sucked up into these huge tubes --
From here, we will suck it up into anyone of the three lines.
To form the bubbles, the plastic is melted down at 500 degrees into a consistency like molasses.
Once we vacuum form the bubble, then we include another layer of material to seal the air inside the bubble.
It`s cut down to size by a million dollar machine, and there are over 100 different kinds of bubble wrap, customized for almost every major shipping company in the world.
Bubble wrap is actually only 3 percent of the company`s revenue. Their newer, innovative packaging isn`t so easy to pop.
So, this is kind of a thing of the past and this is a thing of the present and future?
That`s exactly right.
No bubble wrap.