At Savid, one of our primary focuses and concerns is the Environment.
Climate change has had a tremendous impact on our production, and each year natural disasters have become more challenging to overcome. That's why we have a plan and promise to make Savid carbon neutral by 2024.
When we first started as a company, we pledged that any natural virgin forests would remain untouched. Not only do these serve as a natural protective barrier against natural disasters, but they are also the homes to many wild animals and provide us with clean air.
In 2015 we switched our entire irrigation systems to solar power.
Currently, we have 3.646 solar panels and counting.
So far, we have lowered our fuel consumption by 62%.
And currently, since 2020, we have been working on setting up our bio-fermentation factories. With them, we will go from partly producing our own fertiliser to being entirely self-sufficient. In Addition, making these fertilisers also known as “Biol", will reduce the high amounts of burning fossil fuels that come with the transportation of imported fertilisers. We would also reduce waste from the packaging materials such as artificial plastics and cardboard, which also travel hundreds and thousands of miles.
Better Packaging and Recycling Practises
Together with our clients, we are looking at better packaging and recycling practises. For example, some of our customers use IFCO trays instead of cardboard boxes. Others use compostable or biodegradable cluster bags. More and more clients are moving away from plastic bags and replacing them with stickers.
Bananas naturally consume a lot of water, and as we know, water is a limited resource.
In recent years, water availability has reduced substantially. Our rivers are drying up, and natural periods of drought are extending and becoming unmanageable. At Savid, we have always done our best to manage water efficiently, but now more than ever we must find innovated ways of maximising the use of our water.
Our farms have a precision irrigation system, this is so that water doesn't washout our soils of essential minerals needed for our crops to grow. To be precise as possible, when irrigation is carried out, the amount of rainwater in millimetres is taken into account to guarantee the best use of water. Through our innovative irrigation systems, we have managed to save over 10 Million gallons of water per year. By abiding to these strict measures, we have contributed to happier soils for our plants and a higher quality product.
When we first started savid, we chose to try the sprinkler irrigation system on our first farm. It ended up saving 50% more water than the traditional flooding systems.
We then tried the drip irrigation system in our second farm and found it to be one of the most efficient ways to irrigate banana plants, as it guarantees saving up to 70% more water than the traditional flooding systems.
In addition, we also use Kudsu and other cover crops to reduce the amount of evaporation in our soils. These crops also serve other purposes such as fertilisers and minimise soil erosion.
From Savid's beginnings, we have always been determined to preserve and protect our farms' natural biodiversity.
Protecting it allows ecosystems to provide us with vital services such as: pollination, seed dispersal, climate regulation, water purification, nutrient cycling, and so much more.
Protecting our Fauna
From the early stages of our project, Biodiversity was planned to maintain the environment which preserves endemic species that are currently and could potentially be endangered. Up till 2022, we have discovered over 21 species on our farm, of which: 3 are considered vulnerable and 18 are registered as protected.
The black-necked stilt is a locally abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. It is found from the coastal areas of California through much of the interior western United States
Protecting our Flora
Historically, certain areas of the farm have natural forests and lagoons. These areas have been left untouched and are now sanctuary to multiple of these wild animal species. Not only are they a sanctuary to animals but to different kinds of plants and trees. Within the farm, you can find over 34 species of plants of which 30 are native flora, 2 are endemic, and 1 was introduced not so long ago as a reforestation effort.
Crescentia cujete, commonly known as the calabash tree, is a species of flowering plant that is grown in Africa, Central America, South America, the West Indies and extreme southern Florida.
Protecting our Rivers
Other areas, such as the river banks, were protected by the introduction of these native trees. All these trees and plants can be found throughout the farm and provide an ecological corridor for the wild animal population. Our forest make up 14% of Pasadena’s land and 16% of Paso Robles.
Don't hesitate to contact us for more information about everything we do at Savid.