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Gasp: New Bubble Wrap Is Unpoppable

Fear not: The original version isn't going anywhere

(Newser) - For decades after its invention in 1957, Bubble Wrap was consistently maker Sealed Air’s top seller. By 2012, the adored product had deflated to just 3.6% of its sales. Its new top seller: liquid foam, reports the Wall Street Journal . Why the hate on Bubble Wrap? Well, space... More »

Happy 50th, Bubble Wrap

Iconic packing material-slash-plaything celebrates a half-century

(Newser) - A beloved product originally intended as a funky wallcovering celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with the popping not of champagne corks but of bubbles—the bubbles in Bubble Wrap. Bubble Wrap (yes, it's a trademark) brings in more than $4 billion a year for its New Jersey-based manufacturer and... More »

Dog Poop DNA, Sean Avery Rule 2008 Ideas

NYT assembles hodgepodge of year's memorable concepts

(Newser) - For the eighth straight year, the New York Times Magazine has compiled the best—and worst—ideas that influenced the past 12 months:
  • Can’t get enough of popping bubble wrap? A Japanese, battery-operated key chain now simulates your favorite mindless activity.
  • Sean Avery not only made his name as
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Amazon Fights 'Wrap Rage' With Less Packaging

Less bubbly stuff, fewer twisties better for impatient consumers, planet

(Newser) - Amazon.com has heard the exasperated sighs of customers digging through yards of bubble wrap and undoing twist tie upon twist tie to find that one tiny memory card. The online retailer today introduced “Frustration-Free Packaging,” by which it aims to make its shipping friendlier to both recipient... More »

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