Learn how Franz is rising to the occasion of making our products and processes more sustainable.

Our sustainability efforts aim to reduce our use of plastics, recycle in our bakeries and reuse materials whenever possible!


300,000 + LBs of Plastic Reduction.

Franz Bakery has reduced the use of plastic by over 300,000 pounds annually by eliminating the inner wrap bag.

In efforts to impact our environment in a more positive way, in 2018 we made the commitment to reduce our use of plastic by 10% by the year 2023. We are proud to say that as of 2022, we have met this goal!

How we achieved this goal
Reduction of mil (bag thickness). Reduction in length/width of bags to improve efficiency of fit


Through our partnership with Kwik Lok®, we are proud to announce that we will be moving all of our Kwik Lok® bread enclosures to the new Eco-Lok™ which is made with sustainable materials. Eco-Lok™ is formulated with a plant-based biopolymer called NuPlastiQ® that requires up to 20% fewer greenhouse gas emissions to produce than standard plastic bag closures.

“We were proud to partner with Kwik Lok® during beta testing and are very excited to be one of the first companies to adopt the new Eco-Lok™. We are pleased to work with another northwest company toward efforts for a more sustainable future.”
-Ken Waltos, VP Purchasing Franz Bakery


Our Planet

The long term sustainability of our planet is important and we continue to make efforts to reduce waste throughout our Bakeries.

Since 2020 we have reduced an average of 40 million pounds of waste annually from landfills by diverting to local farms for animal feed. We have also transitioned to using cardboard with an average 35% (pre & post-consumer) Recycled material.

Efforts are made to recycle all metal, wood pallets, waste oils, plastic, and cardboard used in the Bakeries.

Excess grease from interceptor tanks are pumped and used as soil nutrients for agriculture.

Sewer pH control for water waste.

Oxidizers used to reduce air emissions.


Updating interior bakery lighting to more efficient LED when possible.

Continued enhancements in programming delays of equipment in the bakeries to ensure equipment is not powered when not in use.

Monitor compressed air systems to repair leaks.


Our Communities and Employees are important to us and we strive to support inclusive environments. For 2023, we have set a goal for all our employees to complete Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training.

We also believe in encouraging financial wellness planning for our employees and offer webinars and lunch & learn sessions to support financial education.