Did you know that Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR), a national Surfrider program with over 65 chapters participating, originally took flight right here in San Diego County? With almost 130 registered OFRs, we are proud to maintain the strongest program in the entire Surfrider chapter network. It’s an honor to present you with the secret to our success – an incredible team of passionate volunteers!
Committed volunteers stand behind each and every one of our successful initiatives. We spotlighted our incredible OFR Program Leads in our last post, and now we’re pleased to introduce you to some of our OFR team. Click the tabs find out what drives each of them to reduce waste, one restaurant, one customer at a time!
I started cleaning beaches with my young kids to teach them about ocean health and stewardship. The cleanups really opened my eyes to the problem with plastics in food and drinks, as we picked up so many plastic forks and spoons, bottle caps, straws, straw wrappers for those little juice boxes, plastic bags, disposable cups and single use bottles.
Once I saw the problem, it couldn’t be unseen. I wanted to help build awareness and stop the pollution at the source, so I started talking to people in my community and learned about the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program. It was a perfect fit, as it gave me a much needed outlet to get out and make a difference.
I have learned so much from OFR leads Vicki and Kellyn, and feel like the training I received has helped me advise restaurants as well as a variety of businesses and corporations on how to reduce their plastic footprint. As a resident of Oceanside, a coastal community that welcomes tremendous crowds throughout the year, I feel that it is my civic responsibility to keep plastic waste off our streets and beaches. The Ocean Friendly Restaurant program empowers me to empower my community to “be the change” and eliminate single use plastics that could ultimately end up in our oceans.