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As a response to increased plastic pollution in the coastal zone and ocean gyres, Surfrider Foundation Chapters started an Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) program.  Loggerhead Marinelife Center has partnered with Surfrider’s Palm Beach County Chapter to bring the program to local restaurants.

Restaurants participating in the OFR Program MUST follow these four criteria:
1. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
2. Proper recycling practices are followed.
3. Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining and utensils for to-go food are provided only upon request.
4. No plastic bags offered for takeout or to-go orders.

And choose a minimum of three of these criteria as well:
5. Plastic straws are provided only upon request.
6. No beverages sold in plastic bottles.
7. Discount offered for customers with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc.
8. 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.
9. Water conservation efforts such as low-flow faucets and toilets.
10. Energy efficiency efforts such as LED lighting and Energy Star appliances.

Implement all 10 of the criteria to be recognized as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant!

Partner benefits are available to participating restaurants. To learn more, visit: Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants.  If you own or manage a Palm Beach County restaurant that may be interested in participating, please contact Demi at dfox@marinelife.org.

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