EPS foam foodware (cups, plates, ‘clamshells’, etc.) is a top item found at Surfrider beach cleanups. This EPS foam will NOT biodegrade in our lifetimes. It may photodegrade and/or break into small pieces if littered,making it harder and more expensive to clean up.
Animals can mistake EPS foam for food or nesting materials. Americans use an estimated 500 million plastic straws every day and restaurants use an average of 5,800 gallons of water per day.
Our Ocean Friendly Restaurant team is working hard to reach out to the Ventura community to educate, share resources, and support restaurant owners who are looking to make the switch to sustainable restaurant practices. You can help by letting us know what restaurants you would like to see become ocean friendly.
Mandatory Criteria (All 7 Required):
* Foodware includes dinnerware, drinkware, silverware, and ramekins/containers.
** Exceptions may be made for naturally occurring materials (e.g. hay, bamboo) and reusables (e.g. metal, glass), not including bio-based plastic. Straws should be provided to anyone who needs one, including people with disabilities. Read more here.
Check out our Quick Guide for more tips to meet each of the criteria.
Review our Ocean Friendly Foodware Guide to learn about greenwashing, product alternatives, and creative ways to implement more reusables.
Optional Criteria (Choose At Least 3):
* Locally sourced, sustainable seafood is preferred and should be prioritized when Seafood Watch recommendations do not apply.
** Examples include installing low-flow faucets and toilets, offering drinking water upon request only, no hosing down outside to reduce urban runoff, proper disposal of FOG, and up-to-date septic or sewage to prevent wastewater pollution.
*** Examples include switching to LED lighting, installing solar panels, using Energy Star certified appliances and/or other efforts to use less energy.