Thursday , January 20 2022

From plastic to jobs


Anchor Light Testing bottles will soon appear on farms across New Zealand, but you will not find them in the fridge.

Fonterra has joined Kiwi, Future Post, to turn milk bottles and other soft plastics into fence posts for kiwi farms.

Brandai Fonterra, Sustainability and Environment Manager, New Zealand (FBNZ), Larisa Thathiah, says the jobs are a new innovative way for farmers to improve their sustainability on the farm.

"This partnership provides farmers with an environmentally friendly fencing option, which is far from the packaging of our farmers' milk," said Larisa.

"It's not enough to recycle any longer, it's about making less waste, or at least turns it something useful. That's why these fence posts are so exciting – they are made from 100% recyclable material, and have a life expectancy of more than 50 years. "

The Future Post Partnership is the latest waste reduction initiative by Fonterra. Last year, the Co-op cooperated with SKYCITY to turn the Angor Light Test bottles into a body shampoo, conditioner and body lotion bottles for guests.

Future Managing Director, Jerome Wenzlick, said it was great to receive support from Fonterra and looks forward to developing other sustainable products for farmers.

"What we do is replacing waste that could have gone to landfill and to turn a valuable product to consumers," said Jerome.

"Our partnership with Fonterra gives access to a consistent supply of raw materials from Co-op's own recycling initiatives. It also provides access to a network of Farm Source stores across the country that can sell & 39; fence jobs, and access to 10,000 farmers actively involved in environmental initiatives, such as fencing to keep cattle out of waterways and plant along river banks. "

"Future Post is underway, but we have plans for some new products in 2019, including those for non-farming sectors."

Anxiety Light Testing bottles are collected from the Fonterra Takanini site and transported to the Future Post Waiuku plant, where they are mixed with soft plastic and turn fencing posts.

Fence posts will be available at Farm Source shops from Fonterra across North Island of the New Year, with plans to launch in South Island stores in mid 2019.

Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell and Future Post Managing Director, Jerome Wenzlick, who emerged at the top of the posts at the Fonterra Open Gates event in Karaka.

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