Search Result

20160621_171801
August 5, 2016

Ocean Friendly Restaurants welcomes Bareburger, Sunnin and Lodge Bread!

Ocean Friendly Restaurants has been quite busy this year, holding trainings to educate our volunteers about how to look for proper recycling, energy efficient and water saving methods, walking the neighborhood to let our fave places to eat know about the program, and getting our snazzy decals printed. We’re excited to finally be signing up restaurants! The latest three to join the program are BareBurger, Sunnin Lebanese and Lodge Bread! Please join us in welcoming these restaurants by eating their delicious food, and stay tuned for more restaurants, plus video profiles of chefs and owners! If you know of a restaurant you love who might qualify for our program, send them our way!

What makes a restaurant Ocean Friendly?
1. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
2. Proper recycling practices are followed.
3. Water conservation efforts such as saving water in a drought, no hosing down outside without capturing the water to reduce urban runoff, and/or proper disposal of FOG (fats, oil and grease) to conserve water and help reduce sewage spills.

See our program page for more info, and email OFR@wlam.surfrider.org to sign up!

0202

TopangaBCU_5Gyres
August 5, 2016

Join us for a Topanga State Beach Cleanup on Sunday August 14, 2016

Join the 5 Gyres Institute, Surfrider Foundation West Los Angeles Malibu Chapter, and Rosenthal Wines for a Topanga State Beach ( 18700 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 ) Cleanup on Sunday, August 14th from 9-11am. After the cleanup, head across the street to the Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio (18741 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265) for a celebration from 11am-1pm.

Reusable bags and gloves will be provided, but you’re encouraged to bring you own. Please wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Also, please bring a reusable bottle or cup for water. Park for free along the highway, pay parking in the beach lot, or park at Rosenthal and let them know you’re there for the cleanup.

There will be a free raffle and everyone who participates in the cleanup will be entered to win some amazing prizes. The drawing will take place at the celebration after the cleanup. Representatives from 5 Gyres and the Surfrider Foundation will be speaking at the celebration. Volunteers will be onsite to answer questions about the organizations’ work and how you can get involved.

Parking: People can park for free at the tasting room and walk across the street, just let them know you’re there for the cleanup.

January 25, 2016

Hold On To Your Butt

ABOUT HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTT

Over 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered every year. Our goal is to cut down on cigarette butt pollution in our community so that dirty butts don’t wind up on the beaches we all love. In the coming months, cigarette disposal ashcans will be installed along the coast from Marina del Rey to Malibu. Butts will be collected and recycled through TerraCycle!

12269996_480745435439298_610614916_n

HOW TO GET STARTED

We have a lot of butt kicking to do and would love your help! Interested in learning more and volunteering? Email us at hotyb@wlam.surfrider.org

Ciggarettes

HELP US FUNDRAISE

An easy way to help us raise funds for this program is by registering your Ralphs Rewards online. Ralphs will automatically donate a portion of sales to our Surfrider West LA/Malibu Chapter every time you use your linked Ralphs Club card. See below image for instructions.

HOTYB Ralphs

CONTEST

Follow us on Instagram and show us how you Hold On To Your Butt! To participate, you must tag us on Instagram @HoldOnToYourButt_LA and #HoldOnToYourButt. Winner of best #holdontoyourbutt photo will receive a super rad prize! Stay tuned for more details…

HOTYB_Insta_Hashtag (1)

CHECK OUT THE OTHER CHAPTER’S SUCCESS WITH HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTT

San Diego
Huntington Beach

FOLLOW US

Instagram: @HoldOnToYourButt_LA
#HoldOnToYourButt

12424844_1022516587789935_2071473336_n(1)

12407639_1745541645678583_1379999205_n

FOAMFREE
July 29, 2015

Ban Single-Use Polystyrene in Los Angeles

In 2011, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was on the verge of establishing a ban on Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) food containers throughout unincorporated LA County. At the same time in Sacramento, state legislators were working on SB-568, which would have effectively banned single-use foam food containers throughout California. As a result, LA County officials elected to table their local legislation, explicitly writing into the report that “…if the State Legislature fails to adopt legislation addressing EPS litter, your Board may consider adoption of a prohibition in the unincorporated areas of the County.” The time for that consideration has come.

Impossible to recycle and difficult to clean up, EPS food containers don’t biodegrade. They quickly break apart and enter the environment, where they remain indefinitely. Single-use foam debris is one of the most common forms of plastic polluting our beaches and waterways. Styrene is also a carcinogenic toxin, and should not be used to hold our coffee or takeout.

In today’s culture of convenience the cost of our single-use lifestyle is becoming evident as an estimated 200 billion lbs. of single-use plastics enter the environment each year, threatening our coastal resources for generations to come.

Join the Surfrider Foundation’s West LA / Malibu, South Bay, and Long Beach chapters in demanding that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors finish the work they began in 2011 by BANNING THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF SINGLE-USE EPS FOOD CONTAINERS THROUGHOUT UNINCORPORATED LA COUNTY.

SIGN THE PETITION 

 

July 12, 2015

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Surfrider is fed up with pollution. As a response to increased plastic pollution in the coastal zone and ocean gyres, Surfrider Foundation Chapters started an Ocean Friendly Restaurants program. A main goal is eliminating EPS foam foodware (aka Styrofoam) because it is a top item found at our beach cleanups. There are other types of pollution and issues that restaurants can help with so we added criteria such as conserving water and serving responsible food.

ABOUT OCEAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

The Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) program works with restaurants in our community to implement ocean friendly practices and policies that reduce disposable plastic waste. By engaging the restaurant community in a conversation about ocean friendly practices, we hope to significantly reduce the amount of disposable waste that ends up in the ocean and on our beaches.

Our program is starting with our first restaurants! Keep checking back for a list of proud Ocean Friendly Restaurants.

LA GREEN FESTIVAL COMMUNITY AWARD!

OFR won third place for the LA Green Festival Community Award / Grant Competition. Thank you for voting.

WHY DO WE NEED OCEAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS?

EPS foam foodware (cups, plates, ‘clamshells’, etc.) is a top item found at Surfrider beach cleanups and EPS foam does not biodegrade in our lifetimes. It may photodegrade and/or break into small pieces if littered, which are harder to clean up.

Animals can mistake EPS foam for food or nesting materials and although inexpensive to buy, EPS foam litter can be expensive to clean up.

Americans use an estimated 500 million plastic straws every day and restaurants use an average of 5,800 gallons of water per day.

WHAT MAKES A RESTAURANT OCEAN FRIENDLY?

Restaurants participating in the OFR Program MUST follow these three criteria:

1. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
2. Proper recycling practices are followed.
3. Water conservation efforts such as saving water in a drought, no hosing down outside without capturing the water to reduce urban runoff, and/or proper disposal of FOG (fats, oil and grease) to conserve water and help reduce sewage spills.

And choose a minimum of three of these criteria as well:
4. Plastic straws are provided only upon request.
5. Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining and utensils for to-go food are provided only upon request.
6. No beverages sold in plastic bottles.
7. Discount offered for customers with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc.
8. No plastic bags offered for takeout or to-go orders.
9. Organic, local, and/or 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.
10. Energy efficiency efforts are implemented where possible.
11. The restaurant is Clean Bay Eats Certified or a Santa Monica Green Business.

Implement all 11 of the criteria to be recognized as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant!

WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU EAT OUT?

• Show your support by frequenting our certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants and let them know you found them on the OFR webpage
• Say “no straw” whenever you order a drink (even take-out and drive-thru), and take the
No Straw Pledge
• Ask for water and other drinks in a reusable glass instead of plastic
• Bring your own reusable cup for takeout coffee, and remember to ask for a reusable mug when ordering “for here”
• Bring a reusable water bottle to avoid purchasing plastic bottles of water
• If you think you may have leftovers, bring your own reusable container instead of getting a disposable container from the restaurant
• Always bring your own bag when picking up takeout food

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Restaurants that join our campaign will be supported with
• An Ocean Friendly Restaurants decal to display in your window
• Advertising and promotion to our members and our community on the Surfrider WLAM webpage, social media, newsletters, and more
• Inclusion on our list as a recognized Ocean Friendly Restaurant
• Optional signage including table-toppers, bill stuffers and more to communicate to your patrons and staff why these practices support the community and help the oceans.
• Special events and promotions such as launch parties and coupon days
• Recommendations for alternative material sources and pricing, including negotiated discounts

RESOURCES

Beachapedia
Santa Monica Non-Recyclable Food Service Container Ban
Santa Monica Distributors List of Compostable Recyclable Food Service Products
OFR Vendors
OFR2
Simple Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at Your Business
County of Los Angeles’ SmartBusiness Recycling Web Site
How to Go Straw-Free
Water Conservation Checklist

HOW TO GET STARTED

Getting started is easy. Just fill out the short form below and someone from our team will follow up with you. In addition, feel free to reach out to us at ofr@wlam.surfrider.org!

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

Bareburger
Hama Sushi
Lodge Bread
Venice Whaler

OFR HAS GONE NATIONAL!

Surfrider Foundation National Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program

Check out the other Surfrider Chapters currently registering Ocean Friendly Restaurants: San Diego County, Newport Beach & Huntington Beach

FOLLOW US

Instagram: @oceanfriendlyrestaurants
For more info email OFR@wlam.surfrider.org.

1 2 3 6
  • Surfrider West LA/Malibu Chapter 2629 Main St. #196 Santa Monica, CA 90405 info@wlam.surfrider.org