Interested in becoming a Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant Member?
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 Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean.
Each restaurant must follow certain criteria in order to be considered Ocean Friendly. Once achieved and maintained, these restaurants receive various benefits including association with a nationally recognized nonprofit, marketing collateral to show your membership to your customers and a tax deductible contribution
WE’LL HELP YOU SUCCEED
Check out our quick guide for restaurant owners and managers to easily meet the required criteria with specific and actionable steps.
FIND AN OFR NEAR YOU
View Ocean Friendly Restaurants in your local area and save to your mobile phone’s home page for quick and easy access.
START SMALL & SKIP THE STRAW
Looking for an easier first step or know of a restaurant that may be interested in getting rid of plastic straws for a week, month or even permanently? Check out the below toolkit for info on why straws suck, available alternatives and media attention that restaurants have gained from going strawless.