Starwest's Environmental Practices

Facilities Overview

Our expanded facility is now almost 200,000 square feet, and has allowed us to make significant investments to improve our ability to efficiently process our products to meet the growing demand. We have invested in the improvement of several of our production areas, and we are committed to the continuous improvement of our food safety management systems.

Environmental Practices

At Starwest, we are aware that all of the decisions we make on a daily basis have an impact on our environment, and we want to ensure that our impact is a positive one. We do this by ensuring that our daily operations are in a manner consistent with the best environmental practices. We believe in the preservation of our planet, and for a healthier, cleaner world for generations to come. With our expansion and move, we were able to consolidate several of our warehouses into one, thus minimizing transportation costs and emissions. This additional space has also allowed us to operate more efficiently and safely, in addition to improving upon our environmental practices and waste management program.

Renewable Energy

Our energy objective is to offset much of our electricity needs by efficiently using power made from renewable resources. We support our local utility's Greenergy® program, which allows us to purchase power from renewable sources like wind, water, sun, and biomass. The goal of the Greenergy® program is to build new, cleaner energy resources, and to reduce the need to build additional high-polluting power plants, thus creating a cleaner environment.

We are committed to reducing our energy consumption levels, and we have replaced much of our lighting with new low energy units. Many of our areas have motion sensor lights and/or are on timers, and as we continue to upgrade specific areas within our warehouse and offices, ideas and procedures for energy savings will be a major focus for us in the future.

Recycling and Waste

Our objective with our waste management program has been to maximize our recycling efforts and effectively use our materials, including minimizing our waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We have been recycling much of our waste for years, and in 2013 we implemented a new, very comprehensive recycling and waste management plan, and began to thoroughly measure and track what we recycle and send to the landfill.

In the last few years we have made substantial progress with an increase in our recycling efforts and in reducing our waste. We’ve seen an increase in our recycling from 30% to 50% in the last several years, and we recycle over half of our waste now. We will continue to try and identify ways to increase our recycling and decrease our waste each year.

Gloves and Hairnets

We use a program that recycles products that were previously known to be "hard-to-recycle," and they turn them into raw materials that are used to create useful, eco-responsible products and durable goods. All of our plastic gloves and hairnets are recycled and turned into pellets. The pellets are then used for surfaces and equipment in playgrounds, to help make them safer and more environmentally friendly.


The major factor in our reduction of paper use has been in moving to an annual wholesale catalog from a biannual wholesale catalog. With printing only one catalog annually, we have reduced our paper usage by approximately 15,147 lbs. (6,870 kg) of paper each year. The paper we use in our catalog is FSC Certified (Forest Stewardship Council) and recycled (30% recycled and 10% post-consumer waste). FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. The ink we use in our catalog contains a high concentration of mixed vegetable oils (is not a petroleum solvent based ink), and makes the print process even more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Packaging and Packaging Materials

Our objective at Starwest is to efficiently use packaging materials (whenever possible) made from renewable materials, that are recyclable and biodegradable. We recycle all cardboard, paper, glass, and recyclable plastic in our facility. We have clearly marked containers in work areas for all RECYCLABLE materials including:

  • All copy and printing paper, including all of our product and shipping labels
  • Cardboard Boxes (all are recyclable, reusable, biodegradable, and compostable)
  • Interior packaging materials including packing paper and bubble wrap
  • Aluminum
  • Wood scraps
  • Plastic
  • Glass


When we are done with our drums, we cut the metal ring off the top and recycle the drum cardboard material.

Wood pallets

We do reuse them in-house, but they are not recyclable. When we’re done with them, we sell them to a company to be reused.

Printer cartridges

Many of the printer ink cartridges we use are recyclable, and all are recycled. We also have several green printers that use solid ink blocks instead of cartridges, which generate less waste.


If working, they are often donated to various schools or to our employees and their families. If they are not working, then we work with the e-waste recyclers to ensure proper disposal and/or reuse.


Our green clippings are taken from our facility and recycled to create compost. Composting requires very little work and resources, and has a positive impact on the environment, including reducing our waste stream.

Sustainability At Starwest

Starwest is committed to selling high quality natural products while preserving the environment. We are committed to a more sustainable planet, and we conduct our business in a way that allows us to maintain our standard of environmental dedication, with commitments to sustainable and organic farming and caring for the environment. Strongly committed to the organic industry and having worked for the advancement of sustainable organic agriculture since 1980, we are proud to offer an increasingly large selection of certified organic botanicals, herbs, spices, teas, liquid herbal extracts, essential oils, and more.

Sustainable Organic Farming

Certified organic products are grown and harvested without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and offer a more sustainable option for feeding ourselves and our communities. Organic farms can even support higher levels of wildlife, and improve entire ecosystems and ground water. Sustainable organic farming practices can produce crops without depleting our earth’s resources or polluting the environment. It has many environmental, health, and social benefits, and continue to have a significant impact on the quality and availability of water and soil quality.

Certified Organic Processor

We are continually developing and maintaining long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with suppliers and growers who are committed to sustainable and organic farming practices. All of our certified organic products are grown and harvested in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program. Our products and manufacturing facility are both Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).

Certified Organic Product Sales

We are committed to increasing the amount of certified organic products we offer each year, and our new products are launched as organic whenever possible. The overall growth of our organic product sales has risen by 75% in the last 7 years, as reflected in the graph below.

Organic VS Conventional

Kosher Certified Facility

Starwest Botanicals is also a Certified Kosher facility, certified by "Kosher Certification Service" located in Los Angeles, CA. Most of our botanicals, herbs, and spices are kosher (*exceptions noted).

Ethically Wildcrafted and Harvested Plants

We make every effort to source and select ingredients from natural renewable sources and are dedicated to the conservation of plants and the preservation of their natural habitat. We support sustainable wild collection practices to protect species from becoming endangered.

Fair Trade

We continue to offer a large selection of Fair Trade Teas certified by Fair Trade USA, an independent nonprofit organization that monitors and certifies Fair Trade products in the U.S. Fair Trade raises income and living standards for tea farmers overseas, while helping to protect the environment by investing in their farms and communities. For consumers, Fair Trade offers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.

The Fair Trade Certified™ logo you will see on our product labels guarantees you are receiving a superior quality product, farmers and workers received a fair price for their product, and eco-friendly practices were used in crop production.


United Plant Savers (UPS)

We are a member of United Plant Savers, a non-profit organization that helps spread the word on endangered and at risk plant species. Their mission is to protect native medicinal plants and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply for years to come.