Straw Hat Pizza has updated its corporate mission to include a social responsibility pledge.

The company's new mission includes promoting and empowering its restaurants to be as eco friendly as possible, while encouraging guests to pursue a reusable/renewable agenda.

"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 50 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."

Straw Hat Pizza will develop and support business practices that encourage green and sustainable practices, such as a franchisee who recently hired a contractor to change out all of his pizza parlor's light bulbs with energy-efficient lighting, installed LED exit signs, new walk-in refrigerator strip curtains and occupancy sensors for the business's restrooms and employee room.

"Our franchisee's upgrades have already more than paid for themselves, and his monthly energy bill is down about $200," Fornaci said.

Straw Hat Pizza already employs many sustainable practices, including the use of boxes and napkins from 100-percent recycled material, and controlling every field of hand-picked tomatoes used in its pizza sauce.

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