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Most vacuum bags are now biodegradable (helping the environment), and many are made from recycled material.
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We've certainly come a long way in the evolution of the simple vacuum bag.
Bags MUST be porous (full of holes), otherwise the bag would fill with air within a few seconds and explode. Air has to be able to escape...the challenge is not letting the dust escape wih it.
Originally, vacuums used shake out cloth bags. While reusable, the large pores in the cloth material did little in the way of filtration. (Hold a piece of cloth up to the light, and this will make sense.) This simple design lasted through the first half of the 20th century.
Electrolux marketed the first disposable paper bag in 1952, and the other manufacturers soon followed. Filtration slightly improved, but nowhere near the standards to which we have become accustomed to today.
In fact, filtration really wasn't an important issue - to manufacturers or consumers - until the 1990's. This is when vacuum bags actually began to improve, first through additional layers, and later through better materials.
After nearly 100 years, the lowly vacuum bag has now come full circle. Modern bags by companies such as Miele are made out of a filtrete (cloth like) material, but have multiple layers (Miele now markets 9 layer bags), with some electrostatically charged. Others have added layers of charcoal/carbon to assist in odor control and the absorption of chemicals. While these bags are more expensive, there is a definite increase in quality for the consumer, especially for allergy and asthma sufferers.
The great thing for our planet is that all of these materials are easily biodegradable.