5 Essential Benefits of Using Bubble Wrap for Packing

April 12, 2024

5 Essential Benefits of Using Bubble Wrap for Packing

Whether you are packing for a house move, packing items to sell or give away, it is really important that you use protective packing materials. Using bubble wrap for packing will ensure that your items are protected during transport and/or storage

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Invented in 1957, bubble wrap has been a popular packing material for a long time. This is due to the fact that it is simple to use and it can be used for a variety of purposes. From plates to artwork, your belongings will be safe when wrapped in bubble wrap.

Within this article, we are going to talk about the five essential benefits of using bubble wrap for packing. 

Superior Protection Against Impacts

Bubble wrap works so well because it is made up of air-filled pockets trapped between two layers of plastic. These pockets act as a cushion, absorbing the shocks and impacts that can happen whilst the items are in transit. 

This high-level of cushioning makes bubble wrap brilliant for protecting fragile items, electronics and any valuables. 

Lightweight and Cost-Effective

A big benefit of using bubble wrap for packing is that it is lightweight so it will not add to shipping costs, if you are using it for business purposes, and it will not make boxes heavy if you are moving them to a new home or into storage. 

It is also cost-effective due to it being cheap to buy and, if well looked after, reusable. Using bubble wrap for packing is an economical choice when using it for both personal or business use. 

Versatility in Application

Bubble wrap is also a very versatile product. You can use bubble wrap for packing and protecting a vast array of items from plates and glasses to large pieces of furniture. You are able to use it for such an array of items because it is so easy to cut and wrap around items, to fit the various shapes and sizes. 

Its cushioning ability will work just as well to protect big or small items. It is simply important to remember to use tape to secure it. 

Provides Insulation and Protection from Moisture

Along with being a great way to protect from impact, bubble wrap is also an excellent insulator. The air that is trapped within the air pockets acts as an insulating barrier,  reducing heat transfer through conduction and convection. As an insulator, bubble wrap can be useful for certain applications such as preventing heat loss or gain when used in packaging, protecting items from sudden temperature variations.

As it is made of polythene plastic material, it is also waterproof so, as long as your edges are taped well, it will protect items from water and damp conditions. 

Reusable and Environmentally Friendly Options

If handled well when items are being packed and open, bubble wrap can be used over and over. We really encourage people to do this as it is durable material and it will continue to protect your items for a long time. Reusing it makes it much more sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

Bubble wrap is made from polythene plastic material which is 100% recyclable but, often, you cannot recycle it at home. Many major supermarkets have recycling bins in stores and are able to accept bubble wrap. Check on the Recycle Now website to see where you can recycle it, if you are unable to reuse it. 

The Benefits of Bubble Wrap

There are many benefits to using bubble wrap for packing. It will protect items from impact, due to its air pockets that are trapped between two layers of plastic. It will also protect your items from sudden temperature changes and from water. Along with this, it is a very versatile material which can be used to protect many different sized and shaped items. As it is lightweight and cheap to buy, it will do all this whilst being cost-effective and without adding weight to your boxes and packages. 

When you are next packing an item to post or during a move, please consider using bubble wrap for your packing. It will help to protect your items, making sure they make it safely to their next destination. 

If you would like to buy some bubble wrap for packing, our Box Shop has some available, in various sizes, to buy, along with tape and other packing items.  

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