Hessian Bag Focus

What Is A Hessian Bag Called?

Hessian bags, otherwise, commonly known as a burlap bag, are made from the exact same fabric but named differently depending on the location in which you are in.

Living in the UK, you will more often hear these being called hessian sacks which is the name we give them in our webshop. However, over in America or Canada, these bags may be more commonly known as burlap sacks. They are the same product.

There are other sacks out there which are very similar to hessian sacks. These are jute sacks. Whilst they both originate from the same plant, the jute plant, the finalised product is not the same.

Once jute fabric is finalised, the end product is left much smoother and of higher quality, making it perfect for other items such as natural bags for us to use.

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What Can Hessian Bags Be Used For?

There is an endless list of possibilities when it comes to discussing the uses for a hessian bag. However, we will aim to cover as many of these ideas as possible. 

The first is for storing vegetables. The hessian sacks in our webshop are ideal for storing your vegetables, transporting them from your allotment or garden to your kitchen, or taking them to the market to sell.

Our 51x79cm hessian sack can hold 25kg of your potatoes and are available in a range of quantities, starting at 50 sacks.

Another useful possibility for our sacks is in school sack races. Our largest sack, which is 60x109cm, is perfect for this occasion. This is due to them being made to be strong and durable during their use, so it’s unlikely your child’s leg will rip through the material mid race!

A great thing about our hessian sacks is their biodegradability, meaning these bags can be disposed of safely without affecting the environment negatively.

It’s not just potatoes which hessian sacks can store and transport but, coffee beans, rice, and many other products which are moisture-sensitive. This is because the fabric has been carefully woven and allows any produce inside to breathe without moisture collecting inside.


Which Material Was Used In Hessian Bags?

Our hessian bags originate from a plant called a jute. Whilst a jute bag is slightly different, they share many similarities between each other.

The largest difference between a jute bag and a hessian bag is the texture of the fabric and this is how you can tell the difference between the two. The jute bag is much more refined and will be left with a softer finish which makes it ideal for personal day-to-day bags.

Whereas our hessian bags are left with a much coarser finish whilst maintaining their durability. The soft fibres of the jute plant are spun into a strong thread which is thick, and this can be used for many different products such as netting or ropes.


Are Hessian Bags Good For The Environment?

Hessian sacks impact our environment positively in a number of different ways. One of the main benefits of hessian bags is their biodegradability.

By burying them in your garden, allotment or other outside space, there is no need to worry about these bags ending up in landfill or polluting the ocean. They will decompose and they are safe to their surrounding area. 

Unlike frequently used plastic bags, which can take a thousand years to break down in landfill, our hessian sacks can be broken down within two to three years and have no long-term side effects.

Whilst plastic bags may degrade over a lengthy period, they will never completely decompose and instead turn microplastic. Hessian sacks will continue to positively contribute towards our environment in the years to come.

This is not the only reason that these bags can be positive towards our environment. They are also reusable and durable. Plastic bags can be reused but after a few uses, the handles start to stretch, or the bags start to tear.

Fortunately, our hessian sacks can be used over and over, providing they are appropriately looked after and not overloaded.


Is Hessian The Same As Burlap?

The short answer to this question is yes, hessian sacks are the same as burlaps. A burlap sack is simply another name for a hessian sack and is most often used in America or Canada. Whereas hessian is more commonly known over here in England and other surrounding countries. 

Whilst the meaning for hessian originates from soldiers in the German state of Hesse who wore their uniforms containing natural hessian, the origin of the word burlap is still unknown.

How Do You Make A Hessian Bag?

There are numerous methods to make a hessian bag, one way is to provide a ½ inch to ¼ seam allowance on the edge of the fabric. This will usually be the first or second line closest to a sewing machines needle.

Follow this seam line through three of the four corners on a square piece of Hessian – once you have done this, retrace to ensure the stitch will hold. You then take the bag and turn it inside out and turn out the corners of the bottom.

Cut off any additional or frayed string and wrap a string or twine around the top for handles.


What Can You Do With Hessian?

Like the huge range of uses for hessian bags, the use of the fabric can be just as diverse.

One of the biggest uses for hessian is of course the sacks which we have already mentioned, but hessian can also be used for sandbags in order to prevent flood damage to your property.

If you are worried about certain supplies  becoming frost-damaged  during the colder months, hessian will protect them from becoming too cold due to the great thermal properties it has.

Equally, hessian can also help to protect anything from hot temperatures. By wetting your fabric, you can keep many things cooler and substances such as cement can be protected from drying out too quickly.

If you are interested in renewing your interior design, hessian can be used for several different things throughout your property. These can include chairs, cushions, or walls.

Hessian also provides an efficient soundproofing barrier when the fabric is placed on the walls. This is particularly useful for musicians.


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