Oahu Chapter

Join The OFR Program

The Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) program recognizes restaurants that are committed to making sustainable choices for our ocean so that people can dine with peace of mind. We’re building an inclusive community of eco-conscious restaurants, activists, and patrons that support a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our planet in order to find more joy and peace in our everyday lives. We hope you will join us!

Benefits of joining include:

  1. promotion to 8500+ followers on the Surfrider @OFRHawaii Instagram (please follow us and we will follow back!)
  2. listing on our interactive map and app
  3. discounts on eco-friendly takeout ware
  4. NO COST TO JOIN!
  5. so much love from the Surfrider community!

After filling out the compliance check form we will get back to you with your compliance status, resources and next steps! If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at ofr@oahu.surfrider.org.

Program Criteria

Surfrider’s OFR program highlights businesses that pledge to meet an ocean friendly standard, based on a comprehensive list of criteria. One of the main goals of the OFR program is to shift towards reusables and significantly reduce plastic waste including eliminating expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, a type of petrochemical product.

Restaurants participating must follow the seven mandatory criteria such as

  1. Reusable foodware is used for onsite dining.* (*Exemptions for food trucks and restaurants with 6 or less tables apply if all takeout items are compostable)
  2. Paper straws are provided only upon request.
  3. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
  4. No plastic bags are used for takeout or to-go orders.
  5. Single-use utensils, straws, and condiments are provided only upon request for takeout and to-go orders.
  6. *NEW* Beverages are not sold in plastic bottles.
  7. Proper recycling practices are followed.

However, there are other types of pollution and issues impacting the ocean that restaurants can help address to be truly ocean friendly. Therefore, optional criteria is included to highlight restaurants that are also working to conserve water and energy, and offer more sustainable food.

To learn more about the program criteria, resources and how to comply, please visit our Criteria Guide For Restaurants and review our Ocean Friendly Foodware Guide to learn about greenwashing, product alternatives, and creative ways to implement more reusables.