South Sound

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

The Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) campaign is made possible by restaurants who are taking the extra steps to do what’s right for the world’s oceans.  They’ve each worked hard to eliminate plastics in their supply chains, conserve energy, and reduce waste.

The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program is on a mission to reduce single-use plastics. This program offers restaurants an easy way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and ocean protection by adhering to a set of criteria including using absolutely no expanded polystyrene foam, not providing plastic bags for to go orders and using reusables for all onsite dining.

Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the plastics industry has falsely claimed that single-use plastics are ‘safer’ than reusables. There is simply no evidence that reusables are any less safe than single-use items when properly sanitized. Health experts from 18 countries released this statement in support of reusables. According to those involved, “Based on the best available science and guidance from public health professionals, it is clear that reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene.” The statement provided facts about the virus, routes of transmission, and the safety of reusables. It also supports earlier guidance provided by Surfrider. Check out this blog post for more details about these claims and specific recommendations and guidelines for the safe use of reusables.

With uncertainty on the horizon during these tumultuous times, we want to take a moment to highlight this statement, which was signed by health professionals from 18 countries, emphasizing the safety of reusables.

Now is a great time to visit one of our many local Ocean Friendly Restaurants that are continuing to show their commitment to reducing single-use plastics while providing incredible and safe dining experiences for their customers: Cosmonaut Coffee Co, Devil’s Reef, Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Happy Belly Eatery + Juice Bar, Mavericks Shave Ice, Millville Pizza, Peaks and Pints, Pickled Fish Restaurant, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s Plaza Café, Primo Grill, Table 47, The Fern Room, The Camp Bar, The Social Bar and Grill, The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, and Zodiac Supper Club.💙

Check out the Ocean Friendly Restaurant Locator Map!
The map of Ocean Friendly Restaurants is a great way for the public to locate Ocean Friendly Restaurants in our region and across the country. Encourage your family and friends to use the map by clicking the link below to view an interactive map of Ocean Friendly Restaurants near you: https://www.surfrider.org/webapps/ofr-map/ 

If you’d like to learn more about the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program or to get your South Sound restaurant certified, contact Ranell at ofr@southsound.surfrider.org. Protect where you play. Protect what you love. Be the change.

Benefits of Being an Ocean Friendly Restaurant

  • Promotion to South Sound area consumers through:
    • social media
    • our website
    • email blasts
    • community events and beach cleanups
  • Optional collateral including: OFR window sticker, table-toppers, diner brochures, bill stuffers and poster
  • Collaborative promotions such as launch parties or coupon days promoted to our members
  • Train wait staff about campaign
  • Vendor pamphlet with alternative material sources and pricing, including negotiated discounts