Long Beach Chapter

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

The Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) program helps restaurants minimize their impact on the ocean by adopting practices that reduce single-use plastic waste, maximize energy efficiency and conserve water.

Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program

Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean. One restaurant, one customer at a time, we're increasing awareness, driving change in behavior and ultimately creating scalable impact to reduce our plastic (and water!) footprint. Learn more about the program and find an Ocean Friendly Restaurant near you at: https://www.surfrider.org/programs/ocean-friendly-restaurantsVideo by @by.land

Posted by Surfrider Foundation on Thursday, August 30, 2018


restaurants registered across U.S. and Canada

500 Million

straws used every day in the U.S.

5 Trillion+

plastic pieces in the ocean

2050 the year

more plastic than fish in the ocean

Criteria to be an Ocean Friendly Restaurant

  • Plastic Straws are provided only upon request.
  • No Polystyrene (AKA STYROFOAM).
  • Proper recycling practices are followed to the extent available in the community.
  • Only reusable tableware is used for on site dining. Utensils for to-go food are provided only upon request.
  • No plastic bags offered for take-outs or to-go orders.

Optional Criteria – meet a minimum of two:

  • No beverages are sold in plastic bottles.
  • Discount offered to customers with reusable cup, mug, bag etc.
  • Vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis.
  • All seafood must be a ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable.
  • Water conservation efforts such as low-flow faucets and toilets.
  • Energy efficiency efforts such as LED lighting and energy Star appliances.

Make your restaurant Ocean Friendly!

Check out this Quick Guide for Restaurants for specific ways to meet each of the criteria.

Or contact us at vicechair@longbeach.surfrider.org