SEMINOLE, Fla. — Superior Uniform Group has launched a new eco-friendly employee apparel program for Big Bowl Restaurants. Made of recycled plastic spun into a soft, durable fabric, the new uniforms will be introduced over the next several months, and by the end of the year, approximately 400 employees will be outfitted, Superior says.
The eco-friendly apparel program includes server shirts and chef pants, and Superior will expand to other employee apparel pieces as materials and styles are available.
The program is part of Big Bowl’s green strategy that includes natural, organic, local, sustainable and eco-friendly products, from energy-saving light bulbs and reusable takeout bags to local produce and seasonal seafood.
“As part of our quest to continue evolving our green practices, uniforms were the next, obvious and natural choice,” says Dan McGowan, president of Big Bowl Restaurants. “Superior Uniform Group answered the call by providing several eco-friendly garments for our employees to try. Not only were our employees thrilled, but it was a great collaboration to work with another company that has truly embraced and invested time and materials into green initiatives.”
The textiles are produced from post-consumer products, including recycled plastic beverage bottles, which are processed into flakes and then filaments that are spun into yarn and woven into fabrics; this helps keep more plastics out of landfills.
“Not only did we work to provide options that were cost-effective for Big Bowl, but the eco-friendly garments don’t require professional laundering either, which minimizes the use of chemicals during cleaning and saves employees money,” says Janice Henry, vice president of design for Superior. “Employees will be delighted with the choices their company has made for them.”
Big Bowl Restaurants is the first restaurant in Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises® to introduce eco-friendly apparel to its employees. Lettuce Entertain You owns restaurants throughout Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Scottsdale, Ariz.