Criteria to be an Ocean Friendly Restaurant

Mandatory Criteria


AKA STYROFOAM, all take out containers must be compostable or recylcable.

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 takeout or to-go orders.

Optional Criteria

Meet a minimum of three:

Plastic Straws are provided only upon request.

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.

140 Certified Restaurants

Since Earth Day 2016!

500 Million

Plastic straws used EVERY DAY in the USA.

13 Billion

Dollars a year to clean up plastic waste.

2050 The year

More plastic than fish in the ocean.

"Honoring the local restaurants that are already doing the right thing."

Stuart Coleman President, Surfrider Foundation Hawaii

"Food is the unifying fabric of humanity, connecting us to the earth and each other"

- Ed Kenney Owner/Chef of Town, Mud Hen Water, Kaimuki Superette and Mahina & Suns

Help us find and certify Ocean Friendly Restaurants in your area!

How to Certify a Restaurant: Attend one training session (offered quarterly) to learn how to certify OFR restaurants. We are a volunteer based program and rely on great people like you to keep the program going! Interested?!?!? Contact Us

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