Most teams work in confined, busy and hot environments with many employees scuffling around each other. So it's best to feel in control, cool & comfortable. What then is the best fabric to choose to ensure this?
The most vital step is selecting the fabric for your uniforms. There are three basic options: 100% cotton, 100% polyester, or a polyester/cotton blend.
Cotton is the best of these options. It’s flame resistant, promotes better body ventilation than the other synthetic materials and is kinder on the skin which guarantees comfort all shift long.
The most premium of the cotton options is 100% organic cotton. It’s robust, comfortable and is renowned for encouraging body ventilation. It’s the only sustainable option, as it’s free from any chemicals, pesticides, toxins or heavy metals which irritate the skin particularly in hot and busy environments.
Thes fabrics below are the unfriendly fabrics: They trap heat, causing the your body to overheat and perspire more. Their high chemical and toxin presence can also create health issues.
1. Polyester is made from synthetic polymers which are made from esters of dihydric alcohol and terpthalic acid. 100% polyester is usually the cheapest fabric choice, and your comfort is not worth the sacrifice. Chefs who spend their lives in a hot kitchens rarely have interest in wearing a 100% poly chef garments.
2. Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitriles and according to the EPA, (Environment Protection Agency) can create cancers.
3. Rayon is recycled wood pulp which is unfortunately treated with high amounts of chemicals like caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulphuric acid to survive regular washing and wearing.
4. Acetate and Triacetate: Although made from wood fibers called cellulose, this undergoes extensive chemical processing to produce the finished product.
5. Nylon is made from petroleum and is often given a permanent chemical finish that can be harmful.
6. Anything static resistant, stain resistant, permanent press, wrinkle-free, stain proof or moth repellent. Many of the stain resistant and wrinkle-free fabrics are treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon.
- Now that you have learnt what's best for you and the environment, try to choose wisely when selecting your next uniform. Premium quality chef attire is one of the most crucial factors to ensuring your performance will be at it's best.
And restaurant owners - wouldn't you want a peak performing team?
Keep your teams happy, they'll perform brilliantly, and you'll all be rewarded.