When you think about sustainability, what do you think of? Probably things like local, organic foods, water conservation, and solar power. These are certainly key components, but comprehensive sustainability is even bigger. It includes community support, employee well-being, sustainable farming practices, working with independent businesses, renewable energy and so much more than that!
We are committed to doing our part to make sure that our business contributes to our community and our environment rather than diminishing them. It is both our ethical responsibility and one of our passions to make the world we live in a more sustainable place.
We care about the world we live in, and we want our children and our grandchildren to be able to live well in a health environment. We understand that every aspect of our operations interacts with the environment, so the steps we take a wide variety of steps to lessen our footprint. These include:
Low flow nozzles on all handwashing sinks for water conservation
Compostable packaging for all our Take Out products
Working with local purveyors whenever possible to limit emissions from product transportation – from local beer to local farmers and beyond
Environmentally friendly cleaning products
We are committed to serving honest, high-quality pizza. We use local produce, and work with in-state and sustainably-minded producers whenever possible to make sure that the food we serve to you is food we are proud to eat and feed our own families. We serve the dirty dozen vegetables organic whenever possible, and avoid GMO food ingredients. There is no hidden corn syrup or added sugar in any of our food. Given all of this, you can trust that the food we feed you is the real thing.
And if you’re curious whether we carry our sustainable aesthetic over to our beverages, we do. We source our beers from local breweries, and select organic, biodynamic and small-batch wines as often as we can. We also work to have little to no waste in our bar program.
Here are some of the companies we work with:
We are proud to announce that The Star and Little Star Pizza have just undergone an audit for healthful and sustainable practices and, as a result, we are now REAL Certified!
REAL Certified is the nationally recognized trust-mark for restaurants and food service providers that are committed to promoting health and sustainability within the industry. This certification means that we stand out from others in the industry for our REAL food practices.
In order to achieve this recognition, The Star and Little Star Pizza opened our kitchens to a full-scale audit, conducted by a REAL Certified Registered Dietitian. In undergoing this extensive process, we have indicated our commitment to transparency within the food service world.
In qualifying for REAL certification, The Star and Little Star Pizza rank in the top 25% of restaurants nationwide, for our commitment to serving high-quality REAL food. We also meet the following prerequisites:
- Maintain the highest possible health ranking with the local health department.
- Have a vegetarian entrée on the menu, or clearly state that a vegetarian substitution can be made at no additional cost.
- Not sell any foods or beverages with 50 grams added sugar or more.
- Not promote sweet beverages to children or adults by including them in combination meals.
- Not cook or bake with any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil or fat.
- Not sell any foods or beverages with monosodium glutamate (MSG).
- Practice a minimum of one form of waste management (i.e. recycling, composting, water reduction practices, etc).
Here are some of the specific ways in which The Star and Little Star Pizza further supports the health of its dining community:
- Our food preparation is exceptional, largely because of our focus on cooking in-house from scratch, our use of plant-based oils, and our incorporation of healthy cooking practices.
- We offer multiple vegetarian appetizers and entrees which improves the nutritional profile of our menu.
- We source produce from regional farmers whose operations are either certified organic or have organic farming practices in place. Additionally, we source GAP certified chicken.
- We serve zero deep fried foods on our menu.
When we say ‘community,’ it means many things to us. In addition to our demonstrated commitment to supporting small, ethical businesses, we believe in providing our employees a safe, positive and growth-oriented work environment, and we stand for a discrimination-free workplace where everyone is welcome and respected. We also contribute to our local communities, specifically to schools, PTAs, youth sports and other local non-profit organizations.
We are committed to do our part to support higher welfare conditions for farm animals. We already source a large portion of our chicken from a Global Animal Partnership (Step 3 or higher) certified farm; and by early 2018, we will procure 100% of our chicken from farms that achieve an animal welfare certification recognized by REAL Certified and ASPCA® Shop With Your Heart.
Furthermore, by 2020, 100% of our chicken will be sourced from farms with standards that meet or better Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) standards for broiler breeds and rearing conditions (including lighting, litter, enrichment and stocking density).
We will also make sure that our birds are processed in a system that utilizes a pre-shackle multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system that’s widely hailed as more humane. The requirements above are important for improving animal welfare and compliance will be verified via third party auditing.