Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Plastic pollution is suffocating our ocean and the many animals that call it home. Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean with the number continuing to grow every day. This pollution is impacting our marine ecosystems, wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, fish, and turtles, and plastic fragments are even displacing plankton at the base of the food chain. So what’s the best way to combat this global epidemic facing our ocean? It’s simple: we need to stop the problem at its source! The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program does just that. One restaurant, one customer at a time, increases awareness, drives change in behavior and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic (and water!) footprint.
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The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean. Interested in becoming a Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant Member? 

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Restaurants participating must follow the first four criteria:

1. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
2. Proper recycling practices are followed.
3. Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining, and disposable utensils for takeout food are provided only upon request.
4. No plastic bags offered for takeout or to-go orders.

And choose a minimum of three of these criteria as well:

5. Plastic straws are provided only upon request.
6. No beverages sold in plastic bottles.
7. Discount is offered for customers with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc.
8. Vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis; and / or all seafood must be a ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable.
9. Water conservation efforts, such as low-flow faucets and toilets, are implemented.
10. Energy efficiency efforts such as LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, are in place.

Restaurants who meet all 10 of the criteria are recognized as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant.

Interested in becoming a Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant Member?

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Check out this Quick Guide for Restaurants for specific ways to meet each of the criteria.

Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean with the number continuing to grow every day.

  • An estimated 100 billion plastic bags are used ANNUALLY in the United States.​

  • An estimated 500 million straws are used DAILY in the United States.

  • 49.4 billion plastic water bottles were sold in one year’s time with only 31.1% recycled, leaving roughly 34 billion plastic bottles that were littered or went into a landfill in 2015.

  • Restaurants use an average of 5,800 gallons of water per day

  • Plastic does not biodegrade so virtually every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form today!                                                                       

​The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean. Interested in becoming a Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant Member?

Join today!

References:

http://www.beachapedia.org/Polystyrene

http://ecocycle.org/bestrawfree/faqs

https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/waterwork/checklist-restaurant.html

Do you own, manage or can you recommend a restaurant that you would like to register as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant? Join us as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant member by joining here. 

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Ocean Friendly Restaurant membership fee is based on a sliding scale ranging from $125 to $175 for local businesses. There are for-profit organizations that charge up to thousands of dollars for similar programs, but with the Surfrider Foundation’s OFR program, recognition is earned from a trusted and credible nonprofit brand at a fair price. The local membership fees are split equally between the chapter and the Surfrider Foundation headquarters 50/50.

The Surfrider Foundation acknowledges that we cannot claim that all listed Ocean Friendly Restaurants are 100% in compliance with our standards at all times, but that the Surfrider Foundation strives to diligently review compliance on a regular basis. If an Ocean Friendly Restaurant is found to be out of compliance, they are removed from the website as quickly as possible.  Such a restaurant will not be reinstated on the list of Ocean Friendly Restaurants, until the compliance issue is remedied. 

Report a violation: If you are aware of a registered Ocean Friendly Restaurant that is not following the mandatory criteria, please let us know. Click Here to send us an email. Be sure to include the restaurant name, location and what the issue is along with photos if possible.

Want to learn more about the Ocean Friendly Program? Click Here

Check out the Surfrider Chapters currently registering Ocean Friendly Restaurants:

Charleston SC, Hawaii Chapters, Huntington Beach/Seal Beach CA, Jersey Shore NJ, Los Angeles CA, Monterey CA, Newport Beach CA, San Diego County CA, San Luis Obispo CA, Ventura County CA.

Need more info? Send us an email at ofr@surfrider.org

The Surfrider Foundation acknowledges that we cannot claim that all listed Ocean Friendly Restaurants are 100% in compliance with our standards at all times, but that the Surfrider Foundation strives to diligently review and certify compliance on a regular basis. If an Ocean Friendly Restaurant is found to be out of compliance, they are removed from the website as quickly as possible.  Such a restaurant will not be reinstated on the list of Ocean Friendly Restaurants, until the compliance issue is remedied.

Report a violation: If you are aware of a registered Ocean Friendly Restaurant that is not following the mandatory criteria, please let us know. Click Here to send us an email. Be sure to include the restaurant name, location and what the issue is along with photos if possible.

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