Bubble Wrap is a pliable transparent plastic material commonly used for packing fragile items.Regularly spaced, protruding air-filled hemispheres ("bubbles") provide cushioning for precious or breakable items.
The bubbles which provide the cushioning for fragile or sensitive objects are generally available in different sizes, depending on the size of the object being packed, as well as the level of cushioning protection that is needed.
They can be as small as 1/4 inch (6 millimeters) in diameter, to as large as an inch (25 millimeters) or more, to provide added levels of shock absorption during transit.
In addition to the degree of protection available from the size of the air bubbles in the plastic,the plastic material itself can offer some forms of protection for the object in question.
- Some people like to play with Bubble Wrap. In this image, a boy is playing with Bubble Wrap.
- Bubble Wrap is used by some as a distracting amusement or stress relieving activity. - These people enjoy popping the plastic bubbles and listening to the sound that it makes.
- The noise is created when pressure is exerted on the small hemisphere of air and the high pressure eventually breaks the plastic barrier.
- This practice has even spawned websites in which one can move the mouse cursor over "virtual Bubble Wrap" and hear it pop.