We’re passionate about creating long-term value for future generations.
We’re striving to be a New Zealand dairy Co-op that’s producing nutrition in a way that cares for people, animals, and our environment, and brings value to our communities.
Sustainable packaging requires innovative thinking and collaboration.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with local Kiwi companies doing amazing things with recycled packaging.
We’ve teamed up with Kiwi-owned start-up Future Post™ to turn milk bottles and other soft plastics into fence posts for farms. Anchor Light Proof milk bottles are collected from the Fonterra Takanini site and transported to the Future Post™ Waiuku plant, where they are mixed with soft plastics and turned into fence posts...
Anchor Light Proof bottles are turning up in SKYCITY hotel rooms, disguised as Puriri shampoo, conditioner and body lotion bottles. One 2L milk bottle has enough plastic to create six Puriri bottles for guests. Using recycled milk bottles, we supply SKYCITY with the 35,000 Puriri bottles they need for the year, diverting more than a tonne of new plastic from being produced and replacing it with recycled plastic...
To reduce pallet waste, we’ve been working with Timpack to redesign our pallets. The new-look uses fewer, narrower boards and less nails, saving 190 trees and five tonnes of steel in just one year. It doesn’t stop there either. After we’ve used them, the pallets are turned into chips for use in playgrounds around New Zealand...
A healthy environment is essential if we are to continue meeting our customers’ expectations and getting the most value from our milk. Farmers are increasingly being asked to do more when it comes to improving water quality, combating climate change, and reducing emissions.
Sustainability is a term that’s frequently used in and around our Co-op. We talk about helping our suppliers to farm sustainably, securing a sustainable milk supply, supporting sustainable communities and catchments and ensuring our products and packaging are sustainably produced and used.
While packaging can have an environmental impact, it’s an important way to protect food. It extends the shelf life of food and prevents damage during transport. Food waste is a big problem around the world with roughly a third of all food produced for human consumption lost or wasted. That’s nearly 1.3 billion tonnes each year.
Food waste represents 8.2% of all greenhouse gas emissions, almost matching road transport. In fact, if food waste was its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US.
We can’t lose sight of the food waste issue, and we don’t want to solve the packaging problem by simply adding to the food waste problem.
We are committed to sustainable sourcing of palm products and we are working with others to improve practices across the supply chain.
Our Palm Products Standard requires that all vendors of palm products within Fonterra’s supply chain are publicly committed to policies that give equivalent effect to “No Deforestation, No Peatland Development, and No Exploitation” and have business processes in place to enact these commitments.
Our 2019 Sustainability Report underlines our commitment to sustainability, while also recognising there is more work to be done.
You can read all of our Sustainability Reports here: