Reusable Vacuum Bags

June 20, 2007 at 5:05 pm 10 comments

cloth vacuum bagsSo, ok, I know I said I wasn’t going to buy anymore ‘things for the house’. But I went on my usual Wednesday shopping round, and stopped by Action because I was looking to buy some cheap gardening containers. I know that I shouldn’t be shopping at Action, because their stuff is just so ridiculously cheap that there is no doubt they are enslaving little Chinese children to make it. I mean, there is just no other rational explanation for why they can sell stuff so cheap.

But anyway, I didn’t find the flower pots, but I couldn’t resist getting a reusable vacuum bag. I mean, it was ONLY 1E!!! Who can resist that? And I just thought the idea was so funny that I thought I just had to try it out!

This picture gives a pretty good idea of what I got. The material is really crappy synthetic nylon type, with a zipper at the bottom to throw out the trash. The little white circle has is a sticker which you glue to the cardboard fitting that you take of your regular bags. That’s why the box claims it is a Universal vacuum bag. What I didn’t manage to figure out was what the hell the round thing with the sticker is attached to the opening with a Velcro. Anyone?

So I still have to try out if this thing actually works, and then I’ll get back to you. It looks promising, but for that price you can understand why I will have to see it to believe it before I can say anything about how it works. Clearly, not something for the prone to asthma to try 😀

The picture from here, where they are happy to sell them to you for 9,99$. Can’t be sure if it’s the same thing though. Has anyone heard of these?

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Edit:Duh! I figured out what the Velcro was for. Is pretty clever, actually! You leave the cardboard attachment in the vacuum and just take off the bag to empty it, and attach it with Velcro! That’s obvious! I can be pretty dim sometimes, huh?

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. greenchick  |  June 20, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    Reusable is always good. My vaccum doesn’t use bags. You just push a button, it opens and you dump it out. Eureka bagless is the way to go (if your in the market for a new vacuum that is)

  • 2. Emily  |  June 21, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Hmmm… my concern with vacuum bags you do not throw away is lead paint dust. I am obsessed with lead paint dust. I constantly imagine my children are inhaling it from every possible source. And thoughts out there on this one?

  • 3. Chile  |  June 21, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    While I like my bagless vacuum, I’m also kind of disgusted at how icky my carpet gets. Makes me want to rip it all out but I suppose my landlady wouldn’t appreciate that. And, you’re right about the asthma. Dumping the bin sends up clouds of dust!

  • 4. gettinggreen  |  June 21, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    D’oh! Why didn’t I think of that? That’s a perfect green move… I actually wrote a whole story on bag-vs-bagless vacuums. You can read it here: http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/artslife/story.html?id=0548d26e-873d-451b-930f-f27915bf0e00

  • 5. activistmommy  |  June 21, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    I haven’t seen reusable bags at my local shop yet, but I use the canister vaccuum so I might not have been looking. I haven’t had any problems with dust coming up yet from it.

  • 6. Alina  |  June 22, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    We don’t really see bagless vacuums here in Europe. So a universal bag that fits any vacuum, is reusable and costs 1 euro is pretty neat if you ask me.

  • 7. Menno I  |  June 22, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Alina, you can find bagless vacuums, but they are not as common as the ‘bagged’ types. Try http://www.kelkoo.nl/b/a/c_146501_stofzuigers.html and use your browser’s ‘search’ function with ‘zakloos’ to find the bagless ones. Maybe not a complete Euro list, but a fair list list of the ones available in the Netherlands.
    If I’d be building a new home, I’d go with a centralised vacuumsystem. Being a guy I like the tech-factor of the system, and with a wife who is somewhat alergic, I like the idea of dust really leaving the house, instead of just blowing the dust into the air like the other vac’s do.

  • 8. Chile  |  June 22, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    Hm, Vanessa, according to your article, I guess something is wrong with me because I really like seeing all that dust and dog fur in my little clear plastic bin of the bagless vacuum! And the hepa filter keeps it from spewing back out into the house. 🙂

  • 9. Activist Mommy  |  July 7, 2007 at 10:21 am

    […] at Green as a Thistle saying bye-bye to straws, or the Closet Environmentalist buying reusable vacuum bags.    The more little things your do the more they add up, and the easier it becomes for you to […]

  • 10. cj  |  April 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    well i live in the united states and i have a viking vacuum that uses the E6 style vacuum bags and i cannot find them anywhere. and i love the vacuum. so im stuck trying to fabricate something i can use because i have no way of getting the bags.

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