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8 fun and amazing facts about packaging materials

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The conversations with colleagues during the lunch break are sluggish? Then how about a few “did you know” facts? This is sure to cause a laugh, astonishment or an appreciative nod.

1. Corrugated cardboard has its origins in the fashion industry

The first corrugated paper was patented as early as 1856. It was invented by the Englishmen Charles Healey and Edward Ellis Allen. However, the two did not want to wrap anything with it. The corrugated material should be used as an insert for high hats. It was only 25 years later that corrugated paper found its way out of the fashion and into the packaging industry.

But what does this royal family have to do with it?

Nothing. It's just about the ruffles and ruffles on their clothing. They were made using so-called pleating machines, and this gave New Yorker Albert L. Jones the idea of ​​guiding paper through the milled rollers instead of textiles.

It turned out to be the Corrugated corrugated paper ideal for wrapping and shipping of glass and sensitive objects. On December 19, 1871, Jones had his process for "improving paper for packaging purposes" patented.

He is therefore considered the "father of corrugated cardboard".

2. Those who are not “made of paper” should not be underestimated

To understand this saying, one has to know the term derived from the Latin “pappare” is which in turn means "porridge"t.

Those who are not made of cardboard get real solid food and no more porridge, like a toddler. So you shouldn't underestimate this person.

But what does cardboard have to do with porridge?

The beginnings of cardboard are believed to be in China. When making a Porridge made from water, hemp fibers and other ingredients scooped through a sieve, pressed and then dried.

Over the years, the process and the materials used have of course been changed and supplemented - but: the starting material is still a pulp.

3. X-ray with adhesive tape

If you peel off the adhesive film very quickly, you can see flashes of light if you look very closely. But that is not all. Researchers at the University of California have now discovered a strange phenomenon: When the tape is unrolled, a slight X-ray radiation is generated.

But isn't that dangerous when gluing?

No, that doesn't mean that you have to wear radiation-proof clothing when gluing, because the effect only occurs in a vacuum.

In the test, normal clear adhesive tape was peeled from a roll at a speed of approximately 30 mm per second. Short X-ray emissions lasting a few billionths of a second were emitted from the roll. In one experiment, researchers allegedly were even able to x-ray a finger.

4. Miss "tesa"

In common parlance, for many people, adhesive film is simply “tesa”. Of course, “tesa” is just an adhesive tape brand - after all, the best known in Germany.

But do you know what “tesa” actually means?

Now yes:

The name tesa goes back to the secretary Elsa Tesmerwho worked from April 1903 to the end of October 1908 as clerk and head of the office for the Beiersdorf company in Hamburg. She put the term together from the two first letters of her surname and the last two letters of her first name.

How the brand continued to this day is described in detail here.

5. Tape - the runway favorite

Point 5 brings us back to the fashion world, on the catwalk. Because there is tape to see wherever the eye looks.

But doesn't that look weird?

Not really, because you have to look very carefully.

The packaging material is used in the industry to bring all possible body parts into shape and to the desired position.

As an insert in the kilometer-high shoes, packing tape provides support. And so that no wrinkles adorn the faces of the models, the eyebrows are simply pulled up and back with adhesive tape. Ouch

6. Hungry? We have packaging chips on offer!

More precisely packaging chips made from corn starch.

But is this filling material actually edible?

In principle, yes. Ultimately, of course, you don't know whether oil, dust and dirt from production might stick to the chips.

According to experience reports, they taste like cardboard or nothing at all. Some claim the taste is reminiscent of unseasoned tortilla chips, Just cornstarch. With the right dip, the chips may be edible.

However, we recommend that you really only use the filling material to cushion your shipping goods.

7. When the plastic wallpaper starts to bubble

It is ideal for cushioning your shipping goods, but also simply for reducing stress: the popular bubble wrap. Wrapped in this way, your goods are ideally protected from bumps during shipping. Plus, popping the air-filled bubbles is just fun.

But who came up with the idea to produce the bang-bang film?

The film was developed neither to send nor to relax, but to paste on the wall: In 1957, two engineers were working on the development of a plastic wallpaper - and what came out was bubble wrap. In 1959 you applied for your patent, and in the meantime film has become an integral part of the packaging industry as a cushioning material.

It even has its own public holiday, which is celebrated annually on the last Monday in January. You can read more about this in our blog post on Bubble Wrap Day.

8. Corrugated cardboard house lasts 100 years

We're not talking about a doll or toy house, but a real one. Built by the Dutch company "Fiction Factory". The walls consist of 24 layers of cardboard, which are connected and glued together in such a way that they are dimensionally stable and insulate well.

The greatest challenge for the engineers was probably that the house could withstand the rain, which is difficult to imagine with cardboard. That is why the walls were covered with wooden cladding, which in turn is provided with a water-repellent and breathable film.

The cardboard house is expected to last for up to 100 years. The company currently builds around 12 houses per year. And if you want to own such a house made of corrugated cardboard, you currently have to pay at least 25,000 euros. However, the term “house” is a bit exaggerated. The building is more like a very noble garden shed.

Whether for x-rays, food, wallpapering or just for packaging ...

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