San Diego County Chapter

Ocean Friendly To-Go

Ocean Friendly To-Go is a simple idea with tremendous impact. Thoughtfully designed to be easy, free and safe, this program highlights the success of restaurants and customers sharing responsibility to reduce single-use takeout waste.

Although our inspiration came in 2020, when mandated closures resulted in a staggering spike in takeout orders, single-use takeout waste has been – and continues to be – one of the top polluters in our streets, parking lots, rivers and oceans. Chances are, you pass by 100’s in a single day. We simply can’t accept the insurmountable trash being handed to us with our food, and we hope you can’t either.

Introducing Ocean Friendly To-Go

A win/win/win solution for restaurants, customers, and our ocean.

The concept is straightforward –  restaurants simply prepare guest orders on reusable dinnerware, and allow the customer to transfer the order themselves into their own containers at a designated area (established by the restaurant).  Seriously, it’s that easy. 

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Measurable impacts from making the switch!

Let's support our restaurants, share in the responsibility to reduce waste, and design the path forward together!

Visit our Ocean Friendly Restaurants page to learn more about our efforts to reduce waste in the industry. Email our team at OFR@surfridersd.org with any questions. 

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