Business Involvement

Elected officials often ask for some degree of business support before making legislative changes. Collect evidence of business support to help your campaign, and help businesses make the transition to ocean friendly alternatives.

Voluntary business involvement should be in addition to legislation by local governments, not a substitution for policy change.

Examples of business involvement:

A cafe in Hollywood, Florida sells a variety of reusable straws and cleaning brushes. Reusable is usually more environmentally friendly and can save money in the long run.

Resources for business owners:

There is one thing that any business can do immediately and easily, and that is to put in place a “straws upon request” policy. Customers who need straws can still get them.

For more information about the cost savings of switching to reusables, help with the Reusables Calculator, or for guidance with responsible products, reach out to Debris Free Oceans. You can also allow your customers to bring their own reusable items, such as bags, cups, and containers.

Ocean Friendly Restaurants is a Surfrider Foundation program. Restaurant owners commit to sustainable choices for our oceans.

Consumers care

A growing number of consumers do not want their food or drinks served in plastic due to concerns about their health and the environment. If restaurants make good choices, they can grow their clientele, improve tourism with cleaner beaches, keep our seafood healthier, and help the environment in many other ways. Some consumers now choose to participate in reusable container programs, which is a great way to reduce waste. Some programs even offer non-plastic containers. Read more here.

Give responsible businesses good online reviews!

Many businesses are already using responsible products. Some businesses will even give you a discount if you bring your own reusable cup or bring your own bag. When a restaurant does the right thing by providing reusable items and/or plastic free disposables, please write an online review and mention it. Business owners need to know that it’s important to customers, and it’s a great thing to spread the word to others.