Straw Hat Pizza Pledges Greener Restaurants

Straw Hat Pizza has been a leader in providing food with socially responsible ingredients for decades, but they are expanding their pledge to make their restaurants as green as possible.

"Straw Hat Pizza has been purchasing from local providers that practice sustainable farming, organic and chemical free, along with cage-free naturally raised animal products, for more than fifty years and now these practices will be imbedded into our mission so we can reward positive behavior and achievements in social responsibility," said Jonathan Fornaci, president, Straw Hat Pizza. "Our new company social responsibility pledge includes a number of details about how Straw Hat Pizza is working to reduce its environmental footprint."

The company plans to develop practices that encourage environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. Recently, a franchise owner replaced all the standard light bulbs with energy efficient lighting, installed exit signs with light emitting diodes bulbs, added strip curtains to the walk-in freezer and occupancy sensors in the bathrooms and employee room. According to Fornaci, the restaurant's energy bill was lowered by $200.

Straw Hat Pizza has a long history of environmental stewardship and social responsibility in their ingredients and cooking practices. The company makes sure menu items are free of trans-fats, use only premium grade meats and 100% chicken breast, uses cheeses free from fillers, and boxes and napkins from 100% recycled materials.

Its support of corporate social responsibility was solidified when the company updated their mission with the pledge. The company's mission shows that Straw Hat Pizza accepts its role and participation in empowering its restaurants to be “green” and encourages others to be more environmentally and socially responsible.

Straw Hat Pizza has been a staple since 1959, with menu items including Gourmet Masters Pizzas, Hot Hat Stuffed Sandwiches and a forty-plus item garden fresh salad bar. The company currently operates 86 locations, with plans to reach 150 locations nationwide in two years.

Recently, the company bought the rights to use the cartoon character, Garfield, in its restaurants and promotional materials. Fornaci said Garfield also fits in well with the company's fund-raising and community relations initiatives, which tend to have a focus on children.

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