No country consumes more bottled water per person than Italy. Each Italian drinks an average of 55 gallons per year – nearly twice that of each American. Half of all the paper produced in the United States is used to wrap and decorate consumer products. Paper compromises about 41% of our trash. Packaging and transporting one Chinook helicopter about a C-5 cargo jet costs more than $500,000.
The Sealed Air Corporation's first major client was IBM which used bubble wrap to ship its IBM 1401 one of the world's first mass produced business computers.
Narrator: They're all around us, so much a part of our lives we forget its there. But try and survive a single day without packaging. Virtually everything produced on Earth needs to be packaged. To sell it, ship it, protect it or keep it fresh, high tech companies you never knew existed invest billions to design every box, bottle and bag you encounter and to crank them out by the ton to meet our insatiable demand. And you'll never believe how much of every dollar you spend pays for the cost of it all. Now the untold story of packaging, on Modern Marvels.