World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.
Celebrated on June 5, every year since 1974, World Environment Day is renowned for engaging governments, businesses and the general public to focus their efforts on pressing environmental issues.
This year’s theme is biodiversity, ‘the variety and variability of life on Earth’. Global events such as the East African locust infestations, Australian bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic shows how closely nature and humans are inter-woven.
Jupiter’s acting for positive change
As worldwide growers of fresh produce it’s imperative to us that we use our experience to enact good practice globally to benefit the environment, as after all it plays a key part in the amazing fresh fruit we can offer.
As fruit farmers we are constantly striving to produce more sustainably and to develop greener business models, including the move to becoming a paperless business and the nurturing on farm of the ecosystems our fresh produce relies on.
Our work in South America
In Colombia, our avocados are nurtured in the prime environment to produce great quality fresh produce. Playing a vital role in the natural pollination of the avocados are honey bees. These small but mighty hard workers are integral as global pollinators and play an extremely important role in the ecosystem by naturally helping plants breed, grow and produce food.
Jupiter’s sustainable world
In addition to our work in South America, we are proud to be starting our journey with Prevented Ocean Plastics (POP) to implement their preventative and fully recyclable plastics solution across our global supply chain.
The programme of certified recyclers in now the largest of its kind and prevents over 1,000 tonnes of plastic from entering the ocean every single month.
The cardboard packaging from our UK suppliers is also FSC approved which means they are prepared with materials from ‘well-managed forests and/or recycled sources.’
Due to the vertical integration across the company we’ve also reduced the journey for our fresh fruit, with transit direct from farm to supermarket shelves.
Outside of the global COVID-19 pandemic we also support a cycle to work scheme, encouraging our colleagues to pick up a bike rather than their car keys every morning. We also ensure that our workers have access to coach travel to work where possible which reduces our potential carbon footprint.
The Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Ranked 17th in the 2020 The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, Jupiter grows and supplies new and traditional varieties of grapes and citrus alongside melons, pineapples, limes, avocados and kiwi.