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Western Rivers Conservancy

Plastic Pollution Initiative: Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Surfrider Foundation

The Betlach Family Foundation is pleased to help support the Surfrider Foundation's "Ocean Friendly Restaurants" Plastic Pollution Initiative. The goal is to reduce the amount of disposable waste (including straws and plastic utensils) produced by restaurants and to educate restaurant owners and their guests about plastic pollution.

"Plastic pollution is suffocating our ocean and the many animals that call it home. Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean with the number continuing to grow every day. This pollution is impacting our marine ecosystems, wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, fish, and turtles, and plastic fragments are even displacing plankton at the base of the food chain. So what’s the best way to combat this global epidemic facing our ocean? It’s simple: we need to stop the problem at its source! The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program does just that. One restaurant, one customer at a time, increases awareness, drives change in behavior and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic (and water!) footprint."

Excerpt by Surfrider Foundation, read more and register your restaurant here: https://www.surfrider.org/programs/ocean-friendly-restaurants

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