Sustainability

Starwest is committed to selling high quality natural products while preserving the environment. We want to contribute 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, and teas.

 

Sustainable Organic Farming

USDA-organic-WEB 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 continues to have a significant impact on the quality and availability of water and soil quality.

Certified Organic Processor

QAI 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).

Ethically Wildcrafted and Harvested Plants

We make every effort to source and select ingredients from natural renewable sources, and we 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. 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.

Memberships

American Botanical Council (ABC)
An independent, non-profit organization providing education using science-based and traditional information to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine, and the safe and effective use of herbs and medicinal plants. Since 1988, ABC has been educating consumers, healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, industry, and the media worldwide. Their publications are extensively peer-reviewed, and include a vast selection of periodicals, books, safety reviews, continuing education materials, and more.

 

Herb Research Foundation (HRF)
HRF is a non-profit research and educational organization focusing on herbs and medicinal plants, and their safe and effective use for natural healing and optimum health. For over 30 years they’ve been educating and providing information, including solid science and informed opinions about herbs and all aspects of botanicals to the public, scientists, professionals, and businesses.