As a means of putting their plastic to good use, this university is offering bubble wrap to their students to help them de-stress.

The ‘stress-relief packs’ are being handed out at Bristol University to help undergraduates fight exam nerves. The packets of bubble wrap come with instructions: “For immediate stress relief, pop three capsules every 4-6 hours, or as needed.”

Ironically, some students apparently became more stressed by the bubble wrap therapy’s potential to cause plastic waste.

The Bristol University Student Union soothed their anxieties by issuing a reassuring statement via the school’s paper Epigram saying that the bubble wrap was originally used to package new furniture for the Student Union living room.

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“We are aware that a number of students have raise concerns about the environmental impact of the bubble wrap,” said a Bristol SU spokesperson. “Sustainability is important to us which is why the bubble wrap being offered is being reused – it was originally the packaging that various living room items arrived in.”

Though it’s unclear how effective the bubble wrap therapy is proving to be for the students, past research has shown that “mindless” fidgeting activities can help people be more productive.

So next time you have an abundance of bubble wrap in your home, don’t feel too guilty about popping a few “capsules” for immediate stress relief.

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