May 4, 2018

Saturday Small Business Shout Out!

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:

  1. Plastic straws are provided only upon request
  2. A discount is offered for customers which reusable mugs, cups, bags, etc.
  3. Vegetarian/Vegan food options are offered on a regular basis
  4. 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

or

600 Leopard St.

or

5350 Staples St.

Corpus Christi, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/ShorelineSandwich/

 

#skiptheplastic #reuserecycle #supportlocal #shopsmall #shorelinesandwichco #OFR #oceanfriendly

 

 

March 30, 2018

April Issue of The Bend Magazine: Pick Up a Copy!

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.

With a clear vision for the future of our ocean conditions, the Surfrider Foundation has been growing its chapter in the Coastal Bend area since 2005. They aim to create a more sustainable atmosphere and healthier ocean life. Cliff Schlabach, Chair and Neil McQueen, Vice Chair lead the local movement.

“(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

of its South Texas chapter.

“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.

To be certified as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant, establishments must fulfill a certain number of criteria to reduce their environmental impact. Participating restaurants can meet these standards by using bio-degradable to-go boxes, not giving out a straw unless requested, and switching to more efficient energy and water systems. In turn, reducing waste levels can result in better-cost efficiency for restaurants involved
in the program.
“We’re directly on the coast here,” says Christie Irps, Coordinator of the program. “What we’re eating, all the products that we’re using: the plastic bags, the straws, the Styrofoam to-go boxes … it’s so close, everything ends up right out in the water.”
The greatest appeal of introducing restaurants to minimal waste products is the creation of demand for said products. Eventually these alternative products will become less expensive and more mainstream, smoothing the way for restaurants to transition to a less wasteful business model.
With a goal of 10 to 15 networks within the first year, the first restaurant in Corpus Christi, as well as Texas, to fully commit to the program is the Texas State Aquarium’s Pepsi Shoreline Grill. This establishment not only follows the recommended criteria but also all 10 of the potential criteria.
Members and potential members of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation continue to join in brainstorming new ways to push for ocean protective services. The group meets the last Monday of every month from 6-8pm at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.
February 1, 2018

NEXT CHAPTER MEETING

 

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

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2018

CHAPTER ACTIVITIES: May 2018

* May 21st monthly meeting moved due to memorial day @ The Gaff in Port A from 6-8PM

January 1, 2018

THANK YOU!

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:

Adriana Leiva

Alison Funk

American Wine Connections

Benjamin’s Surf & Skate

Black Dog Sweets

Catfish Charlie’s

Debbie Noble

Emma Clarkson

Gill Landscape Nursery

Harrison’s Landing

Harte Research Institute

Island Day Spa

Island Time Sushi

John Olvey

Jon Steele

JMH Massage

Kacee Bones

Lorelei Brewing Co.

Michelle Haas

Pat & George Gardiner

Roy Heistermann

Sarah Searight

Saskia Short

Shelia Rogers Fine Art

Studio Be

Texas State Aquarium

Texas Surf Camps

The Exchange

The Nuss Family

Threads

Tropical Fish Haven

Wade Koniakowsky

Whitecap Liquor

Wind & Wave Water Sports

 

 

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