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OCEAN FRIENDLY

The Surfrider Foundation Australia is a registered not for profit organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia’s waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (C.A.R.E).We have been active in Australia since 1991. Our mission is to inspire coastal communities to be passionate about protecting the ocean for future generations and to engage individuals in actions that persuade decision makers to take action on protecting our oceans.

AT A GLANCE

The Surfrider Foundation Australia’s 'Ocean Friendly' program is an adaption of the Surfrider Foundation US 'Ocean Friendly Restaurants' program, created in response to increased pollution in the coastal zone and ocean gyres with the aim to stop excessive plastic entering our waterways.

The aim of this free national accreditation program is to reduce single use plastic at its source through the promotion of hospitality businesses & events along Australia’s vast coastline that undertake sustainable business practices.

By implementing 6 simple changes to reduce single-use plastic at its source in favour of reusable items and non-plastic alternatives, a business can greatly reduce it's impact on the planet and save money.

The program further encourages participating venues to reduce their environmental impact by undertaking efficient water and energy usage as well as ensuring food and other consumables are ethically sourced.

Businesses that implement the 6 mandatory measures will receive our Ocean Friendly accreditation, in store promotional collateral,  promoted via the Surfrider Foundation Australia website, social media and community platforms and receive supporting in store promotional collateral. The programme is available to food & beverage businesses, festivals, markets, canteens and other related outlets. 

Read more about our Ocean Friendly community of businesses at https://www.facebook.com/oceanfriendlySFA/

For further information contact operations@surfrider.org.au

REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS

To apply for your business to be certified, review Surfrider's Ocean Friendly criteria below and register your business details.

Our Ocean Friendly team will contact you to discuss the steps your business needs to undertake to receive the free Ocean Friendly accreditation.

Register your business here Download Ocean Friendly Pamphlet

THE OCEAN FRIENDLY CRITERIA

1. No expanded polystyrene foam use(for example Styrofoam)

Establishments must not use any polystyrene food packaging.

2. No single-use plastic straws

Establishments must not offer single-use plastic straws.

3. Reusable tableware is used for ‘dine in’ & non-plastic utensils for takeaway food

Establishments must not use single-use plastic tableware or utensils.

4. No water sold in plastic bottles

Establishments offer water in glass containers as opposed to single-use plastic bottles

5. No plastic bags offered for takeout orders

Establishments must not offer single use plastic bags.

6. Proper recycling practices are followed

Establishments provide an easily visible recycling disposal option for customers.

We also encourage the following:

7. Discounts offered for reusable cup, mug, bag, container

Establishments must offer a discount (minimum 30c) for customers who bring reusable items.

8. Energy efficient LED lighting and Energy Star Appliances;

Low environmental impact lighting systems and appliances must be in use.

9. Vegetarian/Seafood sustainable options

Vegetarian options are offered. Avoid seacage/farmed aquaculture, with all seafood certified as sustainable. Source ethical and local produce.

10. Water conservation efforts

Conserving water used for cleaning, and installing low flow taps and toilets