Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation Launches its Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program with a Bang

The Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (TXCBC) has launched its new Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which will highlight local establishments that meet criteria to reduce the use of disposable plastics and promote ocean friendly food choices.

Our first Ocean Friendly Restaurant is the Pepsi Shoreline Grill at the Texas State Aquarium. This represents just one of a series of steps taken by the Aquarium in recent years to eliminate the use of single-use plastics on its premises. The TXCBC is thrilled to partner with the Aquarium and looks forward to signing other Coastal Bend establishments up.

In order to qualify as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant, businesses must meet these criteria:

1. No expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is used.
2. Proper recycling practices are followed.
3. Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining, and disposable utensils for takeout food are provided only upon request.
4. No plastic bags are offered for takeout or to-go orders.

In addition to the four required criteria, each OFR must select a minimum of three additional criteria listed below:

1. Plastic straws are provided only upon request.
2. No beverages are sold in plastic bottles.
3. A discount is offered for customer with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc.
4. Vegetarian/ Vegan food options are offered on a regular basis.
5. All seafood must be a ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable.
6. Water conservation efforts, such as low-flow faucets and toilets, are implemented.
7. Energy efficiency efforts, such as LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, are in place.

To learn more about the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program and the Surfrider Foundation, please contact:

Christie Irps
Texas Coastal Bend Chapter
Ocean Friendly Restaurants Coordinator
Phone: 361-779-7402

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