Plastic pollution has serious consequences at every stage, from extraction to disposal. Single-use plastic items like bags, bottles, straws, foam, and food wrappers are consistently found on our beaches. Researchers estimate that 11 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean annually, with 11 billion metric tons projected to accumulate by 2025. This pollution is harming marine ecosystems and wildlife, displacing plankton and exposing ocean life to toxic chemicals. The solution is simple - we must stop plastic at the source. The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program recognizes and supports restaurants committed to eliminating wasteful single-use plastic, creating a community of like-minded establishments that can influence plastic reduction legislation and promote a plastic-free future.
The South Sound Ocean Friendly Restaurants list demonstrates the profound impact of our love for the oceans, the strength of community, and the adoption of progressive business practices in creating a future with minimal plastic waste in our precious waters. Show your support today by visiting one of our local Ocean Friendly Restaurants! If you are interested in certifying your favorite restaurant or would like to learn more about this program, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean Friendly Restaurants first launched in 2013 with Surfrider's Huntington Beach chapter. The program quickly expanded throughout Southern California and Hawaii, becoming a nationally recognized program in 2018. We're building an inclusive community of eco-conscious restaurants, activists, and patrons that support a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our planet in order to find more joy and peace in our everyday lives. We hope you will join us!
Interested in becoming an Ocean Friendly Restaurant?
Mandatory Criteria (All 7 Required):
* 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):
* 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.