The word “sustainable” to NewStar simply means continuing business practices and philosophies that have been in use for decades. To NewStar, sustainability embodies the spirit and practice of doing the right thing, in balance with the business, the employees, and Mother Nature herself; in short, the practice of responsible business without sacrificing our long-held values of social responsibility.
Doing The Right Thing
- PROVIDING A QUALITY WORK ENVIRONMENT
- INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES
- REDUCING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
- ENGAGING IN RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
Investing In Our Communities
NewStar routinely donates product to local organizations for fundraising, events and community programs, and enthusiastically supports local food banks in the communities in which we operate. We participate in community events as sponsors, donors and exhibitors supporting business organizations. We also support local schools with advertising funds and sponsorships specifically earmarked for communities in which we operate.
Reducing Our Environmental Foorprint
NewStar has been the leader in the development of iceless commodity offerings. NewStar’s liner cilantro and parsley packs reduce cardboard used in the cartons by 26% by going away from iced waxed cartons. Since no ice is needed, the cartons overall capacity is less than traditional field pack cartons. The iceless cartons also eliminate the need to have wax cartons which are not recyclable. By going iceless, NewStar does not use 5 pounds of ice in each 30 count pack and 10 pounds of ice in the 60 count offerings. The smaller cartons also translates into more cartons per pallet, thus reducing the number of pallets needed to get product on the truck. This saves money and fuel.
Engaging in Responsible Practices
In the Field…
Our growers are cognizant of, and have reduced the use of high water cover crops, leading to a reduction in overall water usage. Our crop rotations are purposeful, returning much needed nutrients to the soil, and supplementing with natural soil amendments to maintain soil quality. Because we grow organic as well as conventional, we embrace practices with Mother Nature in mind. We utilize laser and GPS during field preparation to maximize use of land and water, further reducing and at times eliminating unnecessary cultivation.
Maximizing field leads to minimized bed preparation thus minimized diesel use. In addition, we utilize drip irrigation as much as possible on our crops, and encourage our growers to do so as well, to better utilize and closely monitor precious water resources. Even our tender leaf crops that require sprinkler irrigation are watered at night or very early morning out of the wind to reduce wasted resources. We also utilize refrigerated trucks in the field to maximize product quality and minimize the number of hauls from the field to the cooler, eliminating dead trips with empty trucks and wasted fuel, resulting in overall decreased costs.
In the Processing Plants…
NewStar Fresh Foods has been working with multiple public utilities companies and government agencies on energy management with identifiable results, resulting in efficiencies of business practices. Some of these practices and policies include the use of energy efficient motors and variable speed drive motors in our processing facilities, and the replacement of incandescent light lamps with compact fluorescent lamps.
We continue to work towards efficient solutions with the EPA SmartWay Transport program-an innovative collaboration between the freight industry and government to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, improve fuel efficiency, and strengthen the freight sector.
Engaging in Industry Initiatives
Greener Fields Together
Our partnership with Greener Fields Together demonstrates our dedication to environmental wellbeing, economic productivity, and social equity. Examining sustainability in our operations through the completion of verified case studies and reporting shows our commitment to ensuring a future for food. For more information, please visit greenerfieldstogether.org.
California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
Our partnership with The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) is a voluntary collaboration between university and industry scientists, food safety experts, government officials, farmers, shippers and processors, incorporating rigorous science based food safety systems that protects public health by reducing potential sources of contamination and establishes a culture of food safety on the farm. For more information, please visit caleafygreens.ca.gov.