Subway Sandwich Shops Add ‘Green’ Ingredient

Subway sandwich shops can now say they are healthy and eco-friendly. The restaurant chain recently unveiled 14 new “Green Subway Eco-Restaurants.” The stores are said to be designed with environmentally friendly characteristics in mind, such as reduced energy, water and waste consumption. And the company says more are on the way.

As part of its eat “Eat Fresh, Live Green” initiative, Subway is encouraging its franchise owners to create Eco-Restaurants when possible. That means including elements like adding low-flow toilets and faucets, energy saving appliances, motion sensor lights, recyclable trash cans and more.

Via Subway

Two of the Eco-Restaurants were opened in Cary and Durham, N.C., respectively. Both are recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. (Pictured above are Burhan and Marwan Ghanayem, owners of the Durham store.) A franchisee in Kokomo, Ind., just opened a newly constructed, free-standing drive-through Subway shop made of entirely recycled material. The restaurant also includes monitor displays that show the building real-time energy use.

UCLA will also soon open one of the Eco-Restaurants in the newly renovated Green Student Center. The shop will include a walkable rooftop terrace and garden. Additional efforts by the chain to go green include: reducing the amount of packaging, using napkins and cutlery made of 100 percent recycled materials and reducing supply chain transporation mileage and emissions.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.

  • Brian

    Great move by Subway.u00a0 They are the staple of fast-food sandwiches and this initiative will not only get its other franchisees to listen up, but it will undoubtedly get its industry followers to start looking at implementing this model (i.e. the Blimpies and Jimmy Johns of the country).u00a0 By executing this type of strategy, they cut monthly operating costs and build their brand image, which in turn, will increase revenues.u00a0 The article falls short on how they will help retrofit the other 34,000 Subways in the world so it would be interesting to see what the payoff period would be for the existing franchise owners.u00a0 Or, rather how much corporate Subway would be willing to pitch in for some or all of these up-front costs (with the idea that it gets paid back over the payback period).u00a0