Carbon Zero FAQ's

General Product Information

What is the difference between Anchor carbonzero™ certified milks and other milks in the Anchor range?

While the milk is the same – all natural from NZ farms – when you buy milk from Anchor’s carbonzero™ certified range you will also have the satisfaction of helping the environment.

How?... We’ve measured all the emissions of making Anchor’s carbonzero™ certified range, right from the farm to disposal. We’ve then offset these emissions by buying carbon credits to fund forest regeneration and renewable energy projects in NZ and overseas. 

Why are Anchor carbonzero™ products in a plastic bottle – doesn’t that make it less sustainable?

The carbon footprint from the bottle is included in the footprint and offset for carbonzero™ certification, so when you purchase Anchor carbonzero™ milk, you are choosing a bottle that is fully recyclable and the carbon footprint from the milk, packaging, and distribution is fully offset.

Is the bottle recyclable?

Yes these bottles are  recyclable (classified as grade 2).  

What products are in the range of Anchor carbonzero™?

  • Anchor Organic Blue 2L
  • Anchor Organic Trim 2L
  • Anchor Protein+ 2L
  • Anchor Zero Lacto Blue 1L 
  • Anchor Zero Lacto Trim 1L
  • Anchor Silver Plus 2L
  • Anchor Calci+ Trim 2L (Excl. South Island)
  • Anchor Calci+ Trim 1L (Excl. South Island) 

Where can I buy the Anchor carbonzero™ certified range?

Anchor’s carbonzero™ certified range is available at most supermarkets where you’d find Anchor specialty range, except Anchor Calci+ which is certified carbonzero™ in the North Island.

When I buy milk from the Anchor carbonzero™ certified range, where are the carbon credits going?

50% of the credits support native forest regeneration in Kaikoura, and the rest are split between a renewable energy project in New Caledonia and solar power project in India. 

Why are you supporting project overseas instead of only supporting NZ projects?

As climate change is a global challenge, Anchor appreciates that to deliver globally positive outcomes, solutions must span beyond our backyard.

Why have you decided to become carbonzero™ certified now?

We're serious about putting sustainability at the heart of everything we do.  While we're actively working to reduce our carbon footprint of our specialty range, that can take time. We know that this is one small step, but this is something that we can do right now - that's why we're offsetting our emissions for these milks.

Is this milk going to be sold internationally, as carbonzero™?

At this stage, this range will only be sold to New Zealand Anchor consumers. The Anchor range of specialty milks is only available in New Zealand. 

What are carbon credits?

A carbon credit is a way for businesses like ours to support defined environmental projects that store, avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to balance out the impact of emissions that occur when products are made. We use carbon credits approved by our carbonzero™ certifier, Toitū Envirocare, to ensure the highest quality projects that represent verifiable emissions reductions.

Toitū’s carbonzero™ programme and the carbon credits purchased as part of the programme, are not part of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), and therefore no credits sourced by Fonterra as part of the ETS are used to achieve carbonzero™ certification.

Where is the forest you are supporting through the purchase of carbon credits?

North of Kaikoura in the Marlborough district. The land is 750 ha of covenanted land protected with fencing and pest control to allow native forest regeneration.

What overseas communities are being aided by the carbon credits?

Our carbon credits are being invested into developing solar energy in India and renewable energy in the Pacific. 

What are the carbon footprints of the products in the Anchor carbonzero™ range?

The carbon footprints of each product are:

 

Product

Carbon Footprint

Anchor Organic Blue 2L

2.280 kgCO2e/2L bottle

Anchor Organic Trim 2L

1.800 kgCO2e/2L bottle

Anchor Protein+ 2L

2.275 kgCO2e/2L bottle

Anchor Zero Lacto Blue 1L

1.139 kgCO2e/1L bottle

Anchor Zero Lacto Trim 1L

0.941  kgCO2e/1L bottle

Anchor Silver Top 2L

2.199 kgCO2e/2L bottle

Anchor Calci+ Trim 2L (Excl. South Island)

1.975 kgCO2e/2L bottle

Anchor Calci+ Trim 1L (Excl. South Island) 

1.020 kgCO2e/1L bottle

 

 

To see an overview of where the emission come from for each product you can see our product disclosure on the Toitū website click here.

 

Where do the emissions come from?

Most emissions come from on farm. Because each milk type has a slightly different recipe the exact proportion of on farm emissions differs within the range. Emissions from on farm vary from around 70% for zero lacto trim 1L to around 80% for Protein+.

To see an overview of where the emissions come from for each product you can see our product disclosure on the Toitū website click here.