Pop-Top, Pop Tab, Stay-Tab, Ring Pull — so many names!
Pop top bags are made from recycled aluminum can tabs and thread. They are also called pull tab bags, soda tab bags, ring pull bags in different parts of the world. The UK and Australia call them ‘ring pull bags’ or ‘ring pull purses’ and in the US they’re called ‘soda pop top bags’ ‘pull tab bags’ or ‘flip top bags’. We have seen this bag in numerous museum shops – most recently in the Museum of Modern Art design shop and the Royal Academy of Art shop in London. The thing about the bag that intrigued us was the appearance, they look like medieval armor. It was only after closer inspection that we discovered that they were made of recycled scrap and thread.