Bellagreen celebrated Earth Week last year with a pledge to cut its plastic footprint in half by March 2020. The brand announced Thursday that this promise has been fulfilled 14 months early, further advancing bellagreen’s mission to make life and Earth more beautiful with every meal.

As of January 1, all eight bellagreen restaurants offer only paper straws and to-go bags, effectively reducing its plastic footprint by 50 percent. The American bistro believes the positive impact on the Earth is more than worth the incremental $40,000 annual investment.

“At bellagreen, we are committed to contributing to a better world for the communities we serve by using high-quality foods and sustainable environmental practices,” says Jason Morgan, CEO of bellagreen. “We couldn’t be more excited to start the new year off even greener than the last. We’re proud to make Earth more beautiful each day we operate.”

As Houston’s first Certified Green Restaurant, bellagreen strives to help its guests “Eat Well & Tread Lightly.” In addition to reducing plastic waste, bellagreen decreases its ecological footprint through water conservation, alternative power, pollution reduction, sustainable sourcing practices, and upcycled furnishing and building materials to maintain harmony with the environment.

Since 2008, bellagreen has served hand-crafted American bistro favorites including a variety of scratch-made appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers, pizzas, pastas and desserts. The brand was founded to provide great-tasting options for guests with dietary restrictions including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian. bellagreen recipes use the freshest and finest organic ingredients including chickpeas, spinach, flours, tomato sauce, quinoa, coffee and teas. The menu offers Best Aquaculture Practices (“BAP”) certified seafood, locally-sourced Texas angus beef and an extensive selection of Sustainability In Practice (“SIP”) certified wines.

Notable menu items include the Honey Fried Goat Cheese & Arugula Salad, bellagreen’s signature Brick Chicken and a house-made White Chocolate Bread Pudding. bellagreen also rotates seasonal specials, made with Mother Earth’s goodness – such as Paleo Salmon Tacos. Each quarter, one seasonal special is selected to benefit bellagreen’s local not-for-profit partners, Trees For Houston and Texas Trees Foundation. Contributions will fund the planting of tree seedlings across Houston and North Texas.

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