Anova has launched enhanced versions of its vacuum sealer bags and rolls for use with its assortment of sous vide units.
For every box of bags purchased, the equivalent plastic of 32 bottles will be prevented from entering the ocean through Anova’s partnership with Plastic Bank, a social enterprise that is helping the world stop ocean plastic while improving the lives of collector communities.
The Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Bags have two layers of low-density polyethylene with 1% prodegradant additive and one layer of polyamide/nylon and are BPA free. The bags and rolls have the same durable, reliable vacuum seal, that can safely withstand multi-day cooks and boiling temperatures up to four hours that consumers expect from sous vide cooking.
“Our mission is to make it super simple to cook for home cooks by giving them access to pro-level tools and techniques. The first way we did that was through sous vide,” said Stephen Svajian, Anova’s CEO and Co-Founder. “But the biggest drawback of cooking sous vide is plastic waste, particularly the contribution towards single-use plastics. We launched the Anova Sustainability Initiative to address this problem with our partners and manufacturers. Today, we are one step closer to finding a long-term solution to cooking in plastic bags.”
The new and improved Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer bags are designed to break down faster than standard plastic when exposed to light and air in the open environment, including forests, rivers and oceans. But bags that end up in landfills will not experience sufficient oxygen and sunlight exposure to degrade naturally.
Svajian said the company’s goal is to have a fully recyclable or compostable bag available by 2022.
“Until we create a fully recyclable or compostable bag, it is important as a company to make sure our bags aren’t adding more waste which is why we teamed up with Plastic Bank, an organization doing incredible work to not only stop plastic getting into our oceans, but to improve the lives and communities that collect plastic waste,” he said.