Saturday May 19th
Saturday Small Business Shout Out! A recognition post for local businesses making efforts to reduce single-use plastics in the Coastal Bend region
This Saturday we would like to welcome Shoreline Sandwich Company to the Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program in the Coastal Bend! Welcome to the map Shoreline! Thank you for making a huge step in the right direction! Shoreline has officially signed a one-year membership through the Coastal Bend Chapter Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program in hopes to reduce plastic waste one restaurant and one customer at a time. Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) program and membership highlights businesses that pledge to meet an ocean friendly standard, based on a comprehensive list of criteria. These criteria include that the OFR agrees to comply with the following four requirements:
1.No expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is used.
2.Proper recycling practices are followed.
3.Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining, and disposable utensils for takeout food are provided only upon request.
4.No plastic bags are offered for takeout or to-go orders.
Shoreline will be following the four required program criteria with the additional:
- Plastic straws are provided only upon request
- A discount is offered for customers which reusable mugs, cups, bags, etc.
- Vegetarian/Vegan food options are offered on a regular basis
- All seafood must be ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable
Also if you haven’t checked out the interview with Channel 6 watch it here: http://www.kristv.com/…/379…/surfrider-foundation-introduces
A national movement to reduce our plastic footprint has recently found it’s way to the Corpus Christi area, and it’s geared to the places we love the most, our local restaurants.
The program is called “Ocean Friendly Restaurants” which encourages restaurant owners to skip the plastic. And local restaurants — like the Shoreline Sandwich Company — are more than happy to comply.
Kris Busk, the owner of Shoreline Sandwich Company, says 2 of his three restaurants are 100% compliant with the “ocean-friendly” movement and his third restaurant will be fully compliant soon.
Busk admits it takes a little more work and money to skip the plastic but says it’s a responsibility he’s more than happy to take on.
Busk said, “It can be done. You can get the right packaging, the correct bags to fit your products; you can give people great containers and great service and people will come back and maybe even pay a little extra for it as well.”
This is an excellent step in the right direction to help phase out single use plastics off our beaches and support local! To learn more about the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program or to suggest other potentially interested OFR establishments please visit https://www.surfrider.org/progra…/ocean-friendly-restaurants or call 361-779-7402
This is a great statement for the Coastal Bend since single use plastics litter our beaches and storm drains constantly. Any small step toward plastic reduction is a big step in the right direction! Please visit them this weekend for lunch or dinner and make sure to visit their social media pages to keep up with daily specials and all their current events:
Shoreline Sandwich Company
500 N Shoreline Blvd
600 Leopard St.
5350 Staples St.
Corpus Christi, Texas
#skiptheplastic #reuserecycle #supportlocal #shopsmall #shorelinesandwichco #OFR #oceanfriendly
Surfrider Making Waves on South Texas Beaches
Mar 30, 2018 05:00AM
By: Julieta Hernandez Photos by: Rachel Benavides
Don’t mess with Texas beaches, is the mantra of the Surfrider Foundation, a movement where local surfer activists are able to find their voices. After witnessing the mass plastic pollution plaguing the ocean’s ecosystem, the grassroots organization started bringing attention to the cause through perseverance and direct action.
“(As surfers) we’ve seen a lot of things. We’re actually, literally immersed in the environment,” McQueen says.“That fires us up to want to make change and to change the environment.” The foundation focuses on multiple programs to encourage efforts for a cleaner coast, including its yearly Leo Garza Surf Camp for the Disabled, storm drain cleanups, and beach cleanup programs. The introduction of the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program is one of the newer building blocks the Surfrider Foundation has laid since the inception
“If you’re using less waste when eating, you’ll have less waste on the beaches,” explains Holly Thomas, Outreach Coordinator of the local Surfrider team. This is how the foundation introduces the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which aims to “focus on one restaurant, one customer at a time.” This plan calls attention to how restaurant products, such as Styrofoam cups and plastic straws, have begun drastically affecting marine stability.
NEXT MEETING: MONDAY, MAY 21st, 2018 FROM 6-8 PM
LOCATION: THE GAFF IN PORT A: 323 BEACH AVE. PORT ARANSAS, TX 78373
DISCUSSION OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND AGENDA TOPICS
* May 21st monthly meeting moved due to memorial day @ The Gaff in Port A from 6-8PM
The Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous donations to our annual TXCBC Christmas party/fundraiser held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. All funds raised go toward supporting our Chapter’s current programs.
Donors listed in alphabetical order:
American Wine Connections
Benjamin’s Surf & Skate
Black Dog Sweets
Gill Landscape Nursery
Harte Research Institute
Island Day Spa
Island Time Sushi
Lorelei Brewing Co.
Pat & George Gardiner
Shelia Rogers Fine Art
Texas State Aquarium
Texas Surf Camps
The Nuss Family
Tropical Fish Haven
Wind & Wave Water Sports