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The Truth About Vacuum Bags

Posted on October 04, 2017 by Maria Kazzi


Vacuum or compression bags have become quite popular over the last few years for the purpose of saving space and swapping out seasonal clothing in your wardrobe, closet and your linen cupboard.

Sure they protect your items from dust and dirt but have you ever stopped to think about the potential risks and damage this type of ‘plastic storage bag’ can cause to your stored items - particularly when stored long term and in seasonal conditions?

Let alone the environmental impact these types of Polyethylene and Polyamide plastics have on the world around us.

You'll think twice about using them after you've read this...


Say No To Plastic Vacuum and Compression Storage Bags

Vacuum-bagVacuum and compression bags are an unfavourable method of storage both in the short and long term. These types of bags, which are generally made from polyethylene and polyamide plastics (more on this below), have a tendency to cause discolouration, fading, mould and irreparable structural damage to your stored items; including clothing and delicate fibres and fabrics such as cashmere, cottons, wools and silks. 

Plastic doesn’t breathe! In fact, it has the total opposite affect where it can suffocate the fabric fibres, which is what you are effectively doing but withdrawing the air out of the vacuum bags and then storing your items. 


latex-glovesPlastic sweats! Have you noticed that when you store plastic vacuum bags on top of each other, particularly in humid conditions, you sometimes have to 'peel' them apart as they have become stuck together? The same thing happens when you store your clothing, manchester or seasonal items in these types of bags - they don't allow fresh air to comfortably circulate in and around your stored items!

Sure they save space, but at what cost to you, to your clothes, your beloved items and to the environment?


Let it breathe...

Fresh air needs to comfortably circulate in and around your clothes as it promotes their longevity Open-doors-fresh-airyand sustains the items you love. 

If you are storing your garments and linens in these plastic type vacuum bags, they will eventually absorb that relentless 'plastic odour' that these vacuum bags are made from - especially in humid conditions - and it can be difficult to remove that stained smell from your clothes (no matter how many times you've tried to wash it out), particularly when stored for long periods of time.






THE REAL FACTS - Environmental Impact - Plastic Vacuum Bags





























Garbage-rubbish-pileThe truth is, it can take up to 450 years for plastic to degrade or completely decompose. Some plastic bottles have been known to take up to 1000 years to biodegrade and other plastic bottles made with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE) will NEVER biodegrade.

Polyethylene is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world (tens of millions of tonnes are produced worldwide each year). It is used in plastic bottles and containers for packaging foods and beverages, personal care products, and many other consumer products are made from polyethylene - including vacuum bags!

Polyamide plastic or ‘nylons” is a plastic material often used to print 3D objects and items such as eye-glass frames, fishing lines, textiles and carpets, and it is also used in these types of vacuum bags. 

These facts will surely make you think twice about purchasing that 'plastic' bottle or cheap vacuum storage bags when there are other natural and environmentally-friendly, safe alternatives to storing your manchester and out-of-season items. 


Doona-cotton-branchCotton is one the most biodegradable fabrics available. It can take as little as one week to biodegrade but it usually takes about 5-6 months making it the natural fabric Kazzi Kovers loves!


Why Kazzi Kovers Loves Cotton

Environmental impact is important to Kazzi Kovers and we take great pride and care in researching and designing our collections and selecting a range of quality and premium products with the greater good in mind. 

Kazzi Kovers 100% Cotton Storage Bags are perfect for storing your seasonal items as cotton has many healthy attributes. It is soft, absorbent, breathable and a natural fibre. In warm climates it reflects heat and in cooler climates it provides insulation - giving your stored items the room to breathe whilst promoting their longevity all year round. 

Cotton also has a high tensile strength, making it durable, strong and less likely to rip or tear (unlike plastic vacuum bags). It can withstand many washes in hot or cold water, making it the perfect storage solution for your seasonal items.  



Kazzi Kovers 100% Cotton Storage Bags will free up space in your wardrobe, closet and drawers as they are purposed to store your winter clothing; cashmeres and woollens, delicate fabrics and seasonal items such as bulky ski or sports gear. They are also suitable for all types of manchester; sheets, quilt covers, blankets, rugs, pillows, handmade quilts, family heirlooms and occasional pieces such as large tote or travel bags.

Each light-grey storage bag provides the ultimate protection against dirt, dust, insects (especially moths and silverfish), mould, mildew and moisture - because cotton BREATHES - and air can comfortably circulate in and around your stored belongings throughout the seasons.  

The large expanding gusset on both the Regular and Large size storage bags provides incredible space and you’ll be surprised at just how much each bag can accommodate! 

Kazzi Kovers storage bags will not trap heat, crack, peel, discolour or lose their structure over time. Unlike plastic vacuum bags, there's no fiddly valves or silicone rubber to the seal the bag – just a simple 3-sided zip for easy access - which makes them the safe and natural alternative for storing your seasonal items. 

100% Cotton Storage Bags are Ideal For:

  • Sheets | Sheet Sets 
  • Blankets | Throws
  • Quilts | Quilt Covers | Doonas
  • Smaller Pillows | Cushions
  • Seasonal Mattress Protectors | Underlays
  • Seasonal Clothing - winter and summer 
  • Ski Gear - jackets, pants, hats, beanies 
  • Bulky Items - duffel bags, sports gear and other items  
  • Overnight Bags - leather, fabric, embellished, suede 
  • Heirlooms and Mementos Eg. Handmade quilts
  • Christmas Decorations | Tree Skirts | Tablecloths | Placemats  
  • And More..


  • Material: 100% Cotton 
  • Colour: Light Grey
  • Protection against dust, insects, dirt, mould, and moisture
  • Breathable, acid-free, lightweight, hygienic, and low maintenance
  • Protects the longevity of your stored items
  • Includes self-healing, 3-sided zipper for easy insertion and access to your items
  • Identification Window: 10.5cm (L) x 7cm (H)
  • Includes Blank Label Card: FREE with every storage bag purchase
  • Machine washable in warm or cold water
  • Suitable for short and long term storage
  • For home, storage and travel purposes

 These Cotton Storage Bags are simply perfect and practical all year round! 




Remember to Wash and Clean Before Storing Your Belongings

  • Follow the care instructions of the items that you wish to store, particularly delicate fabrics.
  • Wash and remove all deodorant, food scraps, hair follicles, smoke and perfumes before storing your items.


Plastic vacuum storage bags provide no real benefit to your clothes and linens. In fact, they can cause irreparable damage such as fading and discolouration of your beloved items, particularly if you are using them for long term storage purposes. 

If you are searching for the safest and most practical way to store your out-of-season blankets and doonas or safeguarding delicate pieces or family heirlooms - you can't past Kazzi Kovers 100% Cotton Storage Bags - and they're great for the environment, too!


SHOP NOW || Storage Bag Options | 100% Cotton

REGULAR Storage Bags  55cm (L) x 40cm (W) x 16cm (Gusset/Height)

Storage-Bag-100%-Cotton-RegularLinens: Sheet, sheet sets, quilt covers and sets, small blankets, throws, doonas, small cushions and all other types of manchester and fabrics including (but not limited to) wool, cotton, down, feathers, polyester. Ideal size for *SB, KS, DB.

Clothing: seasonal clothing (winter and summer), ski gear, kids clothes, sporting gear, heirlooms and mementos like baby blankets

Bags: overnight bags, duffle bags, over the shoulder carry-on bags - - leather, fabric, embellished, suede.

Christmas: Tree skirts, tinsel, decorations, placemats, tablecloths, table runners.

*SB - Single Bed | KS - King Single Bed | DB - Double Bed | QB - Queen Bed


LARGE Storage Bags  70cm (L) x 50cm (W) x 20cm (Gusset/Height)

 Standard pillows, quilt covers and sets, large blankets and throws, large quilts, cushions, doonas, seasonal underlays and mattress protectors and all other types of manchester and fabrics including (but not limited to) wool, cotton, down, feather, polyester. Ideal size for *SB, KS, DB, QB, KB. 

Clothing: seasonal clothing (winter and summer), ski gear, kids clothes, sporting gear

Bags: overnight bags and duffel bags - leather, fabric, embellished, suede

Christmas: Tree skirts, tinsel, decorations, placemats, tablecloths, table runners etc. 

SB - Single Bed | KS - King Single Bed | DB - Double Bed | QB - Queen Bed | KB - King Bed


Storage-Bag-Combos-100%-CottonThese bundles include Regular and or Large Storage Bag combinations - for when you need more than one. For example: 2 x Regular + 1 x Large Storage Bag Combo. We have 7 different combinations you can choose from.



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