Published by Rosie on September 9th, 2011 in Elastic Bands
The Extraordinary elastic band also known as a rubber band or lackey band was invented in 1845 by a man named Stephen Perry. Obviously made using rubber, the band also contains latex and is ordinarily used to hold multiple things together; however there are many other uses for them too! The Royal Mail and delivery workers use their symbolic red rubber band in order to bundle letters and packages together and lately they’ve received some pretty awful publicity of what happens to them next!
Nearly 2 million red rubber bands are used a day by delivery workers
The Royal Mail has bought four billion red rubber bands over the past five years at a cost of almost £5 million! This means that, if laid end to end, the three inch bands brought by Royal Mail during the period would stretch eight times around the world!
In 2009 members of the public collected more than 13,000 red rubber bands from the streets as part of the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign; they then forwarded the mound to the Royal Mail.
So why not work together to help the Royal Mail and to play our part in keeping the streets clean of these little lackey loops? If you see a band, pick it up, ther’se plenty that can be done with them! Why not consider creating your own giant rubber band ball, you could even work toward beating the World Record which weighs a staggering 3,500 lbs! Not your thing? Fair enough, collect the bands to be used around the home or the office, they always come in handy. Alternatively you could keep them as cheaper versions of Kabbalah bands which are worn on the wrist and are said to protect the wearer from unfriendly or Evil Eyes. Gather them up yourself and give them back to the Royal Mail or encourage your kids to collect them while they scooter around, wrapping them around the T-Bar or central column of their scooters, challenge them to who can find the most!
Alternatively of course you can always find elastic bands and coloured rubber bands here at Office 365 where we just refuse to be beaten on price. Take a look at the various different types, colours and sizes we have, and if we can be of any help to you, please don’t hesitate to call on 0870 766 1624.