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.
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.
The Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) campaign works with South Sound restaurants to institute self-regulated ocean friendly policies that reduce disposable plastic waste, save water, and reduce energy uses. See a full list of current businesses taking part in the program by visiting the national database! By reducing disposable waste, restaurants have the power to greatly reduce their impact on South Sound beaches and waterways. Instead of punishing restaurants that have wasteful practices, the South Sound Surfrider Foundation chapter will instead support restaurants that take it upon themselves to be ocean friendly. By engaging the restaurant community in a conversation about ocean friendly practices, we hope to significantly reduce disposable waste in our ocean and on our beaches. Please contact our chapter for inquiries or questions. To learn how to register your restaurant please see below!
Benefits of being an Ocean Friendly Restaurant
We offer restaurants several incentives for their Ocean Friendly practices.
- 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