As a response to increased plastic pollution in the coastal zone and ocean gyres, Surfrider Foundation started an Ocean Friendly Restaurants program. The primary goal of this initiative is to eliminate EPS foam foodware (aka Styrofoam). EPS foam foodware (cups, plates, ‘clamshells’, etc.) is a top item found at Surfrider beach cleanups. The Charleston Chapter of Surfrider is partnering with local Ocean Friendly Restaurants to bring this incredible program to the Lowcountry.
Certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants follow the following criteria: they do not use expanded polystyrene, they follow proper recycling practices, and they use only reusable tableware for on-site dining, only providing utensils for to-go food upon request. If you are interested in becoming a Ocean Friendly Restaurant partner, please contact Jana Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program.