Thursday, April 3, 2008

Seattle's Tutta Bella Drastically Reduces Waste

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria has been committed to waste reduction and energy saving practices since their inception. These efforts have not gone unrecognized. As a tribute to Tutta Bella's efforts, Mayor Nickels himself kicked off the City of Seattle's restaurant food composting program from the Columbia City Tutta Bella location in 2006. Since then, Tutta Bella's recycling, composting and energy saving efforts have steadily increased resulting in a number of remarkable achievements.

Tutta Bella restaurants collectively serve nearly 1000 customers a day at their Seattle locations in the Columbia City, Stone Way and Westlake neighborhoods. At the end of a day, each location disposes of no more than a 12-gallon garbage bag. Everything else is either composted or recycled.

For their takeout containers, Tutta Bella utilizes Bio-Plus Earth, made by Fold-Pak. This packaging is made of 100% recycled paper and is 100% compostable (endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association and approved for the Cedar Grove composting facility). While their to-go cups, lids, and straws may look like plastic, they're not. Made by Eco-Products, a carbon neutral company, these items are corn based and fully compostable (approved, or in the approval process, for the Cedar Grove composting facility). Just about everything is recycled or composted including paper, plastics, metal, glass, vegetables, expired pizza dough, coffee, coffee cups and filters, cardboard, floral scraps, and napkins and paper towels.

Tutta Bella is also committed to energy and water conservation tactics and subscribes to the City of Seattle's Neighborhood Smart Business Program managed by Seattle City Light. All Tutta Bella restaurants use energy saving light bulbs, flow restrictors, energy efficient appliances, and green cleaning solvents. Additional water conservation efforts include sweeping outdoor sidewalks, instead of using a hose, and watering all plants with a watering can.

"We at Tutta Bella are constantly pushing ourselves to have a positive impact on our local community and our global environment. We welcome the opportunity to talk with others about new and innovative methods of implementing even more sustainable products and practices. Our in-house recycling and composting program and the utilization of numerous energy saving devices are just a few initial ways we are preserving a healthy, local environment", said Gabriel Kaguras, Tutta Bella Green Program Manager.

About Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria:
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria was the first restaurant in the Northwest, and the tenth in the United States, recognized by the VPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana) as a Verace Pizza Napoletana – true Neapolitan pizzeria. The making of a "True Neapolitan Pizza" requires strict adherence to the culinary discipline of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. This coveted designation is earned by pizzerias that meet and maintain strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making. From the preparation of raw ingredients to the cooking method in an approved wood fired oven – Tutta Bella is held accountable to the highest of standards. Tutta Bella pizzeria restaurants can be found in the Columbia City, Stone Way and Westlake neighborhoods in Seattle. A Woodinville location is scheduled to open in 2009. For more information about Tutta Bella visit To learn more about the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana visit

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