What Is Cellophane Tape?


More commonly referred to as "Scotch Tape" because of the overwhelming popularity of that particular brand, cellophane tape adds an adhesive backing to transparent cellophane to create a clear, sticky tape.


  • Cellophane tape was invented in 1930 by Dick Drew at 3M. Upon learning of the new invention of a clear moisture-proof wrap called "cellophane," Drew ordered 100 yards of the material and began to experiment. He found that adding a primer and then an adhesive allowed the creation of clear, sticky tape.

The Scotch Brand

  • 3M chose the name "Scotch Tape" after one customer complained that there wasn't enough adhesive on the product. He used the term "Scotch" to disparagingly refer to 3M executives as being stingy.


  • Though it is most commonly used for affixing household items, farmers reportedly used to use it for repairing cracked eggs.


  • The residue from cellophane tape can be removed with warm soapy water, WD-40 or paint thinner.

Fun Fact

  • In 1953, scientists in Russia discovered that un-peeling a roll of cellophane tape in a vacuum can create x-rays.

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