National Cellophane Tape Day

National Cellophane Tape Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on May 27th and celebrates a type of tape that’s commonly known as Scotch tape. It was originally created in 1930 by Richard Gurley Drew who originally created the tape from cellulose. This product was originally designed to seal cellophane packages in bakeries and grocery stores but was eventually replaced by heat-sealed cellophane for those industries.

Cellophane tape did find a new market, however, when it was marketed for home and office use. It’s been an indispensable part of people’s lives ever since, so that’s why it’s a product that has earned its own holiday.

Some Fun Facts About Cellophane Tape

Yes, we’re quite aware that people feel like they know everything there is to know about invisible or Scotch tape because they use it on a regular basis. However, we’re betting there are probably a few things that people don’t know about this product, so we decided to list some fun facts about it below for everyone to enjoy.

  • Cellophane tape is made from cellophane—a bioplastic that’s made from natural fibers such as wood pulp or cotton.
  • Scotch tape is the most well-known brand of cellophane tape, but the Scotch brand was originally used for masking tape and not cellophane tape.
  • Although cellophane tape was invented in 1930, it would take some time to get the adhesive right.

Observing National Cellophane Tape Day

Honestly, we’re not sure how this holiday is supposed to be celebrated. Are you supposed to purchase and use cellophane tape on this day? We’re not sure. All that we know is that this is the day to honor a product that’s been useful to the public for over 9 decades.

So go out there and spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalCellophaneTapeDay. Let’s all come together to not only celebrate this product but also to figure out how we should celebrate this day.

When is it?
This year (2023)
May 27 Saturday
Next year (2024)
May 27 Monday
Last year (2022)
May 27 Friday
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