Plastic is a problem before it reaches the beach. Extraction, production, consumption, and disposal all carry serious environmental and humanitarian consequences. Single-use plastic is particularly detrimental as bags, bottles, straws, expanded polystyrene foam, and food wrappers consistently top the list of items our volunteers collect at cleanups. Researchers estimate up to 11 million metric tons of plastic waste is entering the ocean every year and that by 2025, 11 billion metric tons will have accumulated in the environment. * This pollution is impacting our marine ecosystems and wildlife including seabirds, dolphins, fish, turtles, and whales. Plastic fragments are even displacing plankton as the base of the food chain. It's not just ocean life at stake - plastic contains toxic chemicals that can transfer from containers, cups, cutlery, and straws directly into the food we eat. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of microplastics we are exposed to on a daily basis through our food, water, and air.* *sources can be found on Beachapedia
While the problem may be complex, the solution is simple - we need to stop plastic at the source! The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program does just that. We recognize restaurants that are committed to cutting out wasteful single-use plastic and offer a simple, straightforward framework to help them make sustainable choices for our ocean. The result is a community of like-minded restaurants we can promote, support, and lift up as examples of success to influence plastic reduction legislation. The larger we grow our network of Ocean Friendly leaders, the more mainstream the concept of plastic-free becomes.
Breakfast Republic (Costa Mesa)
Cafe Gratitude (Newport Beach)
Calaca Mamas Cantina (Anahem)
Duke's (Huntington Beach)
Good Vibes (Huntington Beach)
Gracias Madre (Newport Beach)
Karl Strauss (Costa Mesa)
Lazy Dog (Irvine)
Matter of Craft (Huntington Beach)
O Sea (Orange)
Pacific Catch (Tustin)
Pacific Hideaway (Huntington Beach)
Seabirds Kitchen (Costa Mesa)
Sweet Elle Cafe (Huntington Beach)
Taven House Kitchen + Bar (Newport Beach)
Veg'd (Costa Mesa)
Aardvark: The Original Paper Straw - 50% off their order
HAY! Straws - 5% off their order. HAY! Straws also sell bamboo cutlery.
M'Porte - 15% off their order of to-go containers.
Proud Source (aluminum canned water) - 30% off on standard cases
Simply Straws - 30% off their order
SeaStraws - 30% off their order. SeaStraws also sell cutlery in bulk.
4RTides - Dishwasher safe straw caddy with glass or stainless-steel straws.
Ocean Friendly Restaurants Nationwide!
PIECES OF PLASTIC IN THE OCEAN
PLASTIC STRAWS USED EVERY DAY
PLASTIC BAGS USED EACH YEAR IN THE U.S.
Ocean Friendly Restaurants first launched in 2013 with Surfrider's Huntington/Seal Beach chapter. The program quickly expanded throughout Southern California and Hawaii, becoming a nationally recognized program in 2018. We are 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?
Use of Ocean Friendly Restaurants logos for restaurant menu, website and other restaurant marketing materials.
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.
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.