• Embrace the zeitgeist

  • Welcome to the green age

  • More than a paper bag

The PaperJohn

Nothing but the best for your company: The Paperjohn. Winner of the German Design Award 2018.


The PaperJohn helps
to protect the environment

common plastic bags
  • Very bad ecological balance
  • Animals die excruciating deaths when suffocated by plastic bags
  • Often imported from Asia – high Co2 emissions during transport
People in Europe use over 251 billion plastic bags per year. If these plastic bags were joined together, they would form a chain that would reach 1600 times around the earth. Once disposed of, plastic bags are dangerous to animals, who often cannot distinguish food from plastic. According to Greenpeace, a whopping 100,000 sea mammals and 1 million seabirds die of suffocation every year. It takes 100-500 years for a plastic bag to completely decompose, depending on the material used.
"biodegradable" plastic bags
  • waste of comestible goods
  • practically speaking, not biodegradable
  • genetically modified
The „biodegradable“ plastic bag does not seem to provide a real solution, either. Biodegradable plastics are often produced out of corn starch. As famine still is a reality for a multitude of people, food should not be used in the production of these bags. In addition, the corn used is often genetically modified. The current „biodegradable“ plastic bags take a long time to decay. If thrown away in the bio bin, bio plastic bags only have a short retention period. Therefore they cannot decay, but have to be filtered out of the biological waste in a lenghty process in which they get burned together with regular waste in a manner that is harmful to the environment. If thrown into the recycling bin, it is even worse. Because the bio plastic bags look very similar to normal plastic bags, the „bio“ plastic bags cannot be distinguished from the others – which reduces the quality of the recycled plastics altogether. This is why environmental and conservation organisations disapprove of „bio“ plastic bags.
The PaperJohn
  • renewable raw material
  • 100 % biodegradable
  • regional production
  • another way to encourage you to do your shopping by bike
Our standard version of the PaperJohn is made to 100 % out of kraftpaper. The kraftpaper is recycled. As the paper fibres get shorter and shorter with recycling, we add fresh paper in an amount as small as possible. This fresh paper stems from an ecologoical foresting with at least FSC certification, a certification recognized by the major environmental associations such as the WWF. Since we use paper, our raw material stems from renewable wood instead of the valuable and finite resource petroleum. The PaperJohn is 100% biodegradable. It dissolves neatlessly but still leaves a lasting impression. The PaperJohn encourages you to ride your bike more often. Due to our several production facilities equipped with the newest technology, the ecological footprint of the PaperJohn's production and transportation is kept to a minimum.


PaperJohn’s Constituents

The PaperJohn's body is based on standard paper bag forms and with its reinforced handles helps you to carry your shopping goods.

  • Block-bottom bag in different sizes
  • Cross-bottom bag in different sizes
  • Handles: 1400 mm
The PaperJohn's body is based on standard paper bags and can be produced in all standard sizes to fit your needs. The handles are 140 cm long and can be lengthened or shortened in production upon request. Therefore, the PaperJohn can be worn by people of most shapes and sizes very comfortably.
  • our standard model is from unbleached kraft paper with 120 g/m2
  • other sorts of paper possible
  • four times folded handles
  • 100% ecological production
The standard version of the PaperJohn is made of 100% biodegradable kraft paper in natron brown. In contrast to other standard shopping bags that weight up to 90g/m2, the PaperJohn's weight is 120 g/m2. In combination with the four-times folded handles and the enforced base of the corpus, this enables the PaperJohn to carry heavy goods safely.
Printing Method
  • Flexo print
The Paperjohn can be branded with a logo through flexo print easily.


The PaperJohn serves as an outstanding advertising format


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Am Kaiserkai 10, 20457 Hamburg, Deutschland
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OGATA UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Am Kaiserkai 10 D-20457 Hamburg
Managing Partners: Dipl. Ing. Cornelius Voss, Dr. Dennis Rasch

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