The Hinza bags

The elegant Swedish design from the 1950s, in combination with fantastic usability, have resulted in the Hinza bags' huge popularity all over the world.

Hinza bags are great shopping bags, perfect for packing your groceries. The bags are of durable plastic and can easily be cleaned over and over again.

Beach bags or picnic bags - the Hinza bags are ideal as both. The smaller version of the bag fits well into bicycle baskets.

For colourful storage of, for instance, magazines, toys and other bits and pieces around the home, Hinza bags are perfect.

A Hinza bag is the ultimate everyday bag. It is durable, stable, and holds more than you'd think. With an inner bag or cover, the bag is even more useful. The wide range of colours and the two different sizes mean that everyone can find their own special favourite.

History

The large version of the Hinza bag is a Swedish classic that was produced in the 1950s and 60s by the plastics and chemicals company Perstorp AB. The bag, which was called "Shoppingbag 329", was designed by Perstorp AB's employee Curt Christopherson. Production of the bag was discontinued when food shops started giving out free disposable plastic bags.

Karin Bachstätter, who is the great-grandchild of Perstorp AB's founder and has grown up with the practical plastic shoppers, restarted together with her parents production of the bags in 2006 under the name Hinza. The name comes from Perstorp AB's former director's villa, which was called Hinza Lycka and which now houses Hinza's office.

One of the bags manufactured by Perstorp AB in the 1950s is on display at Plastens Hus in Perstorp, Sweden's only plastic museum.

An article of Applied Art

The opinion committee at the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design - Svensk Forms Opinionsnämnd, has commented on the popular plastic bag designed by Perstorp AB in the 1950s.

The opinion committee, which consists of both lawyers and designers, considers that the bag is so original and distinctive that it thereby enjoys copyright protection as an article of Applied Art©.

In June 2019, Perstorp AB signatory Mikael Gedin formally transferred the intellectual property rights to the bag to Hinza AB and announced that the bag from now on is officially named the Hinza bag. “It is with great pride that we hand over our rights for Shopping Bag 329 to Hinza AB,” stated Gedin. “We look forward to seeing Karin and Hinza AB take on this proud part of our history into the future.”

Facts

Hinza bags are manufactured in Sweden, in Hillerstorp. The factory is quality and environmentally certified under ISO-9001 and ISO-14001.

Hinza bags are made from polyethylene plastic. The Green Plastic version contains "green" polyethylene bio-plastic, where sugar cane is used as a raw material instead of oil.

Large Hinza bag Height with handle: 42 cm.  Height without handle: 25 cm. Length: 44 cm. Width: 18 cm. Volume: 15 litres. Max weight: 15 kg.

Small Hinza bag Height with handle: 38.5 cm. Height without handle: 22 cm. Length: 32 cm. Width: 15 cm. Volume: 7.5 litres. Max weight: 10 kg.

Hinza Green plastic

The Hinza bags in the Green Plastic range are a climate-smart choice. They are made of bio-plastic, a "green" plastic made from sugar cane, which is renewable.

When sugar cane is growing, it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atomosphere. If green plastic from sugar cane is burned, the carbon dioxide is released back into the atmosphere. As the amount of carbon dioxide does not increase, as it does when burning regular traditional plastic from fossil raw materials, there is no impact on the climate.

The sugar cane that is used to make the green plastic in our Green Plastic shoppers is grown on Brazilian plantations located at least 2,500 km from the Amazon.

Green plastic is recycled in the same way as traditional plastic. Differences between surfaces may occur.

See the whole range of Green Plastic bags.

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