Plant-based Bottle FAQ's

General Product Information

Why are you introducing this new plant-based bottle now?

We know sustainability is important to Kiwis and we want to offer consumers an option to make change for good - to purchase a product that comes in more sustainable packaging.  

Why can’t I buy the Anchor plant-based bottle in the South Island?

Initially our new plant-based bottles will only be available across the North Island due to initial phased supply of 300,000 plant based bottles per month - this means we would not be able to adequately service our South Island consumers and customers.

Will you use plant-based packaging for the rest of Anchor’s products?

Its early days and we will be monitoring the demand for the new bottle.

Why are you only adding a plant-based bottle to the Anchor 2L Blue milk range?

Anchor Blue 2L is one of NZ’s most popular milks and this will give us a good indication as to how people will respond to more sustainable offerings.

How have you measured the carbon impact of this bottle?

We have commissioned an independent life cycle assessment of our plant based milk bottle -which concluded that this plant- based HDPE has a lower carbon footprint than conventional HDPE made from fossil fuels, which most plastic milk bottles in New Zealand are made from. 

Where is the plant-based bottle made?

The bottle is made in Auckland by our current bottle supplier. The plant-based HDPE is sustainably sourced from Brazil.

Is this new plant-based bottle recyclable?

Yes. The bottle is 100% kerbside recyclable.

Is the new plant-based bottle biodegradable?

No.  New Zealand’s composting sites are not large enough to deal with large volumes of milk bottles. So we decided to use 100% kerbside recyclable HDPE made from sugarcane, because it can be recycled here in New Zealand, using existing infrastructure we already have

Why should we make the change to the new plant-based bottle?

We know that New Zealanders care about the environment and this is one small thing we can all do to help.

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Where does the sugarcane come from?

Sustainably sourced from Brazil.

Why does the sugarcane come from Brazil?

Brazil is one of the largest growers of sugarcane and was also the pioneer for the technology that processes sugarcane into ethanol and then into plastic. Our chosen plant-based HDPE supplier is a member of Bonsucro, and we are too.  Bonsucro was founded in 2005 to promote & certify sustainable sugarcane production, processing and trade around the world. Their mission is to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates lasting value for the communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane-growing origins.)

Who is the manufacturer of the plant-based HDPE?

Braskem. This innovative plant-based plastic is also used by other companies in NZ such as EcoStore and All Birds.

What is the plant-based bottle recycled into?

We have been actively working with councils and companies to come up with recycling solutions and collaborations to improve the recycling and circularity in New Zealand. Some of these partners include Future Post and Paper4Trees.

Is the milk in the plant-based bottle any different to the milk in your light-proof bottle?

The milk is the same as our standard Anchor Blue milk – all natural from our New Zealand dairy farms.

Can you confirm that ethical practices are being used on the sugarcane plantations you are sourcing the sugarcane from?

Our sugarcane-based HDPE supplier has implemented a Code of Conduct for Ethanol Suppliers that is part of the “National Commitment to Social Assistance” program, which ascribes rights to workers and ensures them a better quality of life. The code covers 5 pillars – reduction of cane burning, conserving biodiversity, good environmental practices, respect for human rights and life cycle assessment.

Our supplier is a member of Bonsucro, and we are also now members of Bonsucro. Bonsucro is a global non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that exists to promote & certify sustainable sugarcane production, processing and trade around the world. Their mission is to ensure that responsible sugarcane production creates lasting value for the communities, businesses, economies and eco-systems in all cane-growing origins.

What is Provenance.org?

Provenance.org is a digital platform that enables companies and brands to tell meaningful sustainability stories through verified and trusted information.

Provenance is a market leader in promoting supply chain transparency and operates the independent ‘Provenance’ platform that we have chosen to use as a way to share the story behind our new plant-based bottle - its supply chain and its impact - in an open and transparent way.   

 

Why are you using Provenance.org?

Anchor is proud to be a brand you can trust - it’s important to us that we’re open and honest about what we’re doing through our sustainability initiatives. To verify our sustainability claims and help make this information more accessible to you, each bottle will have a QR code, that when scanned will take you to the Provenance.org platform, a market leader in promoting supply chain transparency.  Once on the P{rovenance.org platform you will be able to see the story and the facts behind our plant-based bottle and broader sustainability initiatives.

Provenance.org has worked with over 200 leaders in Sustainability and has been endorsed by over 50 publications. They are the experts in sustainability transparency.