We are happy to announce the updated terms for our Ocean Friendly Restaurant program. “Where recycling is not readily available (i.e. Florida Keys and First Coast Chapters) and best business practices are already being implemented, recycling guidelines can be bypassed to allow those bars and restaurants into OFR program”. This is wonderful news for our community and its businesses who do not have recycling readily available!
See below for our active Ocean Friendly Restaurants. Don’t forget to stop by and check them out!
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.
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.
OCEAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANT PRACTICES
Restaurants who meet all of the criteria are recognized as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant.