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Ocean Friendly Restaurants

 

Stop Pollution At The Source

Plastic pollution is wreaking havoc on marine environments and wildlife, with a staggering 11 million metric tons entering our oceans annually, and a jaw-dropping 11 billion projected by 2025. Those pesky single-use plastics like bags, bottles, and wrappers are the main culprits. But fear not! The Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Restaurants initiative is here to save the day by endorsing restaurants that kick these plastics to the curb, creating a network that paves the way for a plastic-free future.

The South Sound Ocean Friendly Restaurants are shining examples of how community and sustainable business practices can make a real dent in reducing oceanic plastic waste. Show your support by dining at these awesome establishments. For more information on certifying a restaurant or diving deeper into the program, reach out chair@southsound.surfrider.org

 

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The South Sound Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurants program celebrates restaurants that are dedicated to making eco-conscious choices for our ocean, ensuring diners can enjoy their meals with a side of peace of mind.

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Quickly browse the list for Ocean Friendly Restaurants in your neighborhood:

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About the Program

Launched in 2013 by the Surfrider Foundation's Huntington Beach chapter, Ocean Friendly Restaurants quickly expanded throughout Southern California and Hawaii, earning national acclaim by 2018. Our mission is to unite eco-conscious restaurants, activists, and patrons in promoting sustainability for our health and the planet's future, enhancing joy and peace in our lives. Join our movement! Want to make your restaurant Ocean Friendly?

How To Participate

Mandatory Criteria (All 7 Required):

  1. Only reusable foodware is used for onsite dining.*
  2. Paper straws are provided only upon request.** 
  3. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam). 
  4. No plastic bags are used for takeout or to-go orders. 
  5. Single-use utensils, straws, condiments, and other accessory items are provided only upon request.
  6. Beverages are not sold in plastic bottles.
  7. Proper recycling practices are followed.

* Foodware includes dinnerware, drinkware, silverware, and ramekins/containers.

** Exceptions may be made for naturally occurring materials (e.g. hay, bamboo) and reusables (e.g. metal, glass), not including bio-based plastic. Straws should be provided to anyone who needs one, including people with disabilities. Read more here.

Check out our Quick Guide for more tips to meet each of the criteria. 

Review our Ocean Friendly Foodware Guide to learn about greenwashing, product alternatives, and creative ways to implement more reusables.

Optional Criteria (Choose At Least 3):

  1. A discount is offered for customers with a reusable item (e.g. cup, container, bag).
  2. Vegetarian and vegan food options are offered on a regular basis.
  3. All seafood is ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch, or no seafood is served.*
  4. Water conservation and pollution mitigation efforts are implemented.**
  5. Energy efficiency efforts are in place.***
  6. Concessions and pre-packaged food items are not sold in plastic packaging.
  7. Composting efforts are in place for food waste.
  8. Neither single-use plastic nor bio-based plastic containers are used for takeout or to-go orders, reusable containers are preferred.

* Locally sourced, sustainable seafood is preferred and should be prioritized when Seafood Watch recommendations do not apply. 

** Examples include installing low-flow faucets and toilets, offering drinking water upon request only, no hosing down outside to reduce urban runoff, proper disposal of FOG, and up-to-date septic or sewage to prevent wastewater pollution.

*** Examples include switching to LED lighting, installing solar panels, using Energy Star certified appliances and/or other efforts to use less energy.

Restaurant Benefits

  • Ocean Friendly Restaurants marketing collateral including window stickers, brochures, and bill inserts to promote your membership to customers.
  • Use of Ocean Friendly Restaurants logos for restaurant menu, website and other restaurant marketing materials.
  • Restaurant listed on Surfrider national and chapter websites.
  • Restaurant included in Ocean Friendly Restaurants national map on Surfrider national and chapter websites.
  • Launch parties and collaborative promotions with your nearest Surfrider chapter.
  • Access to national vendor discounts on sustainable restaurant and to-go products.
  • Tax-deductible donation opportunity.
  • Association with a nationally recognized nonprofit with thousands of members and supporters working hard to keep our ocean healthy and protected!
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