Sustainable chef’s trousers make their bow

Eco-friendly products are all the rage in the heavy duty equipment space — but now it seems the sustainability trend has even spread to the business of chef attire.

Dealers and distributors which dabble in the lighter end of the catering products market might be interested to know that The London Linen Group has followed up the recent launch of its innovative EkoChef jacket with a set of EkoChef trousers.

The trousers are produced from 21 re-cycled two-litre plastic PET water bottles to give a fabric that has the durability and breathability essential to any kitchen environment.

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They are made by sterilising, cleaning and drying plastic water bottles, which are then crushed and ground into small chips.

The resultant chips are melted and reformulated, before being ground into polyester threads. It takes 21 two-litre plastic bottles to make a pair of trousers and, by doing so, it saves 2.1 tonnes of CO2 per 1,000 pairs of trousers, uses 80% less energy in production and saves an enormous amount of landfill, according to the company.

Roger Oliver, managing director of The London Linen Group, said: “We’re positioning EkoChef Trousers as the definitive chef’s trouser and I don’t think that’s an implausible statement. There’s no additional cost to a business but everything to gain from making the change. In essence, they’re the right trousers for today’s sustainable business and we believe the hospitality industry is ready to embrace this initiative as part of customer’s own CSR and sustainability programmes.”

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