Print
Restaurants

Local Restaurants Recognized As Ocean Friendly Establishments

By Jessica Maurer, posted Feb 17, 2016
Hunter and Laura Tiblier of Ceviche's (Photo courtesy of UNCW Plastic Ocean Project)
Plastic Ocean Project Inc. has teamed up with Surfrider Cape Fear Chapter and Wrightsville Beach Keep It Clean to establish an initiative to recognize local restaurants for their efforts in curbing the use of single-use plastics. The first step is to offer straws to guests only upon request.
 
"We started with straws for the Ocean Friendly Establishments because to only give straws upon request is something that anyone can do with no cost involved,” said Kim Beller, secretary of the board of directors for Plastic Ocean Project Inc. “It would be great to see all restaurants looking at ways they can reduce their overall plastic use -- to-go containers, cups, etc. -- and make other changes as they are able to."  
 
The following local businesses have signed an agreement to train their staff to not automatically put straws in guests drinks and have received the Ocean Friendly Establishment certification: The Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Catch, Ceviche’s, Chops Deli, Blue Surf Café, Betsy’s Crepes, Fat Tony’s, Poe’s Tavern and Nawab Fine Indian Cuisine.
 
Laura Tiblier, co-owner of Ceviche’s, says that since receiving the certification, the restaurant has not had to reorder straws.
 
“We noticed right away that once we stopped serving straws, very few people asked for them,” Tiblier said. “It’s already been a significant savings.”
 
“Restaurants can feel good about saving the environment but they’re also saving money, which is a real bonus,” Beller said.
 
Ginger Taylor, founder of Wrightsville Beach Keep It Clean, is credited with spearheading the initiative. She is hopeful that in addition to adding more restaurants to the list of Ocean Friendly Establishments, that customers will consider asking for their drinks to be served without straws wherever they dine.
 
Click here for more information on the initiative. Email for information on how to become certified as an Ocean Friendly Establishment.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email us at: [email protected]
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Drewsmith copiersplus headshot

8 Reasons Why You Need Managed Print Services For Your Organization

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus
Dane

New Health Insurance Considerations In The “COVID-19 Era”

Dane Scalise - GriffinEstep Benefit Group
Junegunter teachinghorse headshot

Finding Possibility In A Pandemic

June Gunter - TeachingHorse

Trending News

MegaCorp Gains Airtime During The Masters Through Player Sponsorship

Christina Haley O'Neal - Apr 12, 2021

COVID Vaccine Made With Plants? It's The Subject Of Clinical Trial In Wilmington

Cece Nunn - Apr 12, 2021

In The Current Issue

Truist Rolls Out Blended Branch On Military Cutoff

More than a year after the merger of BB&T and SunTrust banks was finalized creating Truist, the combined company is premiering its new blend...


PNC Announces Local Branch Consolidation

In an era when customers are transacting ever more of their banking business online or through mobile devices, bank branches are rethinking...


Roofing Firm Reaches New Heights

Iain Fergusson’s future wasn’t clear as the teenager stood atop his family’s rambling farmhouse, but he knew that he loved being up there....

Book On Business

The 2021 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100