Calling a restaurant chain that pushes 3/4 pound Thickburgers and other meatmongous offerings â€˜eco-friendlyâ€™ may be stretching things a bit. But CKE Restaurants, the parent company to Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s quick service chains, has announced the opening of its flagship â€˜greenâ€™ restaurant in Carpinteria, Calif.
The Carl’s Jr. location features Energy Star rated equipment, solar reflective roofing panels, a rainwater reuse system, a smart irrigation system for landscaping, and LED lighting for the parking lot. The company also put in a bike rack, and a shower for employees who ride their bikes to work.
The unit’s sustainability, conservation and energy efficiency will be evaluated for possible companywide rollout. CKE CEO Andrew Puzder said in a statement, â€˜The launch of our first green Carl’s Jr. restaurant, while not cost neutral, will help us view our eco-friendly options in action.â€™
CKE has a â€˜green teamâ€™ pursuing other eco-minded initiatives including recycling used cooking oil, using paperless communications and post-consumer fibers in packaging. The company hopes to introduce 100% recycled carryout bags by year’s end in all units.
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