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01 March 2008
Finally, Delivery Pizza That Won't Kill You
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Every time I order pizza I shudder at the idea of who will come bearing my pizza.  It seems that the pizza delivery industry attracts all sorts of souls with bad taste in cars and music.  Lately, between the rap music pulsating off our front door and the souped up straight pipe exhaust on the delivery drivers rice-mobile-buggie - we've taken to avoiding the pizza delivery nightmare.

What is worse than the music and exhaust is the stuff that you find in a normal pizza.  Most pizza businesses are not in it for the craft of fine pizza but rather the bulk perceived dollar value of the customer.  Toppings, cheese and even the crust of your pizza likely came from a can, jar or freezer and wasn't made fresh and wasn't made from good ingredients.  It is likely loaded with food coloring, preservatives and genetically modified ingredients.

So that leads us to say that the new pizza franchise Pizza Fusion is such an interesting concept.  They are doing all sorts of forward thinking things that restaurants everywhere should take notice of.  Top of the list is that nagging delivery driver with the souped-up-mobile- Pizza Fusion delivers their food in company owned hybrid vehicles. See it is all doable and has been for a while now :)

They have vegan and vegetarian menu items. They also have gluten free pizza (for Celiac sufferers) and lactose-free cheese (casein-free). Everything is optional.

The beverage list for Pizza Fusion is really outstanding: Volvic Water, Vitamin Water, Boylan’s All-Natural Soda, Jones Organics, Tazo Ice Tea, Naked Juices and Sol Maté, an organic energy drink.

For the alcohol consumers: organic brews from Butte Creek Brewing and Green Valley Brewing, certified organic red and white wines come from such highly regarded wineries as Frey Vineyards, Stellar Winery, Cooper Mountain, Dixon Peak and Badger Mountain Vineyard. Also serve Anheuser Busch’s gluten-free beer, Redbridge, which is brewed from Sorghum, a safe grain for those allergic to wheat or gluten.

From their own mouth, some of their environmental initiatives:
  • Delivering our food in company owned hybrid vehicles
  • Offsetting 100% of our energy usage with the purchase of renewable wind energy certificates
  • Recycling and giving customers discounts for bringing back their pizza boxes to recycle them
  • Using only eco-friendly cleaners to sanitize our stores 
  • Using 100% post-consumer recycled paper in our collateral 
  • Selling and providing our employees only with eco-apparel made from 100% organic cotton 
  • Giving our customers discounts when they return their pizza box to recycle it 
  • Serving our food in plastic-like containers made from 100% corn starch that decompose in landfills in only 50 days 
  • Using only spudware utensils that are made 100% from potatoes that biodegrade in 50 days
  • Using 100% post consumer toilet paper and paper towels in all our bathrooms 
  • Printing our in-store graphics on a banner material made from 100% recycled plastic soda bottles and printed using non-VOC inks 
  • Host a free organic kids class every third Saturday of the month that educates children on the importance of eating organic and recycling 
  • Donate money to environmental causes in and around our communities 
  • Building our restaurants according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards set forth by the United States Green Building Council by utilizing a variety of unique energy efficient tactics and eco-friendly products, such as: 
  • Eliminating the use of air heating units by redistributing the heat from our ovens to warm our restaurants 
  • Eliminating the use of water heaters and air heating units by recycling heat from our ovens to warm the restaurants and heat the water 
  • Using CF (Compact Fluorescent) bulbs in our stores which saves on energy consumption 
  • Using seat cushions made from soybean oil instead of petroleum based foam 
  • Installing counter tops made from 100% recycled detergent bottles 
  • Using panels made from recycled materials and produced with a minimal environmental footprint to build shelves and counter tops in our stores 
  • Using a greywater system that recycles waste water from our sinks into our toilets and reduces 1/3 of our restaurants’ water waste annually 
  • Using milk based paints with no VOCs 
  • Using furniture in our stores made from reclaimed wood 
  • Implementing a cradle-to-cradle program where we reuse glass bottles from our stores to create flooring tiles for our future locations 
  • Installing a smart lighting system in our bathrooms that automatically turns off when the bathroom is vacant 
  • Using drywall in our build-out that is 95% post-consumer content and locally manufactured 
  • Using FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified wood to build our cabinets and wood fixtures 
  • Using only Energy Star Certified appliances 
  • Using insulation made from recycled blue jeans 
  • Using the most efficient HVAC unit on the market 
  • Using 30% recaptured industrial concrete 
  • Using ceiling panels made from 74% recycled aluminum cans and 24% post industrial metals 
  • Installing USG Gypsum Board made from pre-used drywall 
  • Installing bamboo veneer face coverings for fixtures 
  • Using ceiling baffles made from recycled composite board
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