Published on October 11th, 2008 | by Justin Van Kleeck7
Bubbla Air-Inflated Packaging: A Safer, Greener Way to Ship
Foam peanuts are the Devil. Evil incarnate. Darkness made visible. Senseless brutal waste embodied in a horde of impish, malevolent, noxious, toxic minions spilling out of boxes, bags, closets, basements, attics, trashcans, landfills. A wicked wind is blowing, and those infernal foam peanuts are riding it across the land, across the sea, across the Earth. They cannot die; they may be eternal.
Okay, so maybe foam peanuts and the other demons in the legion of packaging materials are not the creations of some sinister mad hatter, some oily oligarch, some short-sighted sorcerer’s apprentice, some wizard hiding in a city that is decidedly not emerald green. Nevertheless, the foam peanuts are steadily spreading with every package sent by air, sea, or ground. And this fact begs the question: Can they be stopped???
Take heart, my fellow Earthlings, for we do have an easy and eco-friendly way to say “YES!” to this question: Bubbla.
Although it may not have the name of a saving knight in shining green armor, Bubbla offers just about anyone–from large businesses shipping countless packages per day to the lone house dweller sending birthday gifts to family–a way to put a stop to the rampaging horde of foam peanuts. (Besides, how silly does “foam peanuts” sound?!)
Bubbla is an “on-demand” air-inflated packaging system produced for over 12 years now by Bubbla, Inc., a company in Canoga Park, California. (Believe it or not, the owner of Bubbla actually invented air-pillow packaging material, and the company owns four patents in this area. Obviously they know their stuff!)
Whenever you need some packaging material, you just make it using either the tabletop or freestanding Bubbla machine, both of which are easy to operate (with touch-screen controls), small (about 25” tall by 15” deep), and can be plugged in to a good old electric wall outlet. The machine quickly cranks out a supply of air-inflated packaging in one design or another (e.g., diamond wrap or long cells) to meet your demand. Make as much as you need, when you need. No fuss, no muss.
Besides being convenient, Bubbla becomes a green knight fighting against the foam-peanut horde because it offers some surprising ecological advantages over most traditional methods and materials of packaging.
First off, it reduces the amount of material used. One ¾ cubic foot roll of Bubbla Film provides the equivalent square footage of nearly two 48” x 250” rolls of bubble cushioning or as much as 250 cubic feet of foam peanuts. That means less petroleum-based materials required to meet your packaging needs.
Secondly, since you keep the “raw” materials on hand with your machine, you avoid having to have the bulky, if light, packaging materials shipped to you. Further, “One truckload of Bubbla,” the company’s website (www.bubbla.com) explains, “equals up to 250 truckloads of foam peanuts and other package wrapping and void fill products.” As a result, Bubbla has a huge impact in reducing fuel use by and CO2 emissions from shipping vehicles.
Thirdly, the Bubbla materials are completely reusable once inflated and recyclable after use (and after some fun stomping by kids of all ages to pop the air bubbles, of course!). Whereas foam peanuts tend to be dumped into a trashcan and sent to the landfill, whence they are freed to roam and terrify, Bubbla can be reused very easily (those peanuts are impossible to gather up and deal with) or recycled. This helps ensure they will stay out of the landfills–or the gutters or the waterways or the wild places.
However much shipping you do in your business and/or personal life, Bubbla can help make your shipping a whole lot greener. Not to mention simpler. Not to mention just plain kinder for the Earth and for those receiving what you send. After all, who wants to open up a box and be attacked, hounded, blitzed, buried by a flying, static-clinging horde of foam peanuts?