Ocean-Friendly Events

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sustainability, livability, multiple photosWhat is an “ocean-friendly” event?

Many people are aware of the problems plastic is causing to our oceans, wildlife and human health. As a result, more and more people choose to support organizations that are parting ways with single-use plastics. Ocean-friendly events are those that abstain from using single-use plastics and instead use items that are reusable, compostable or recyclable. Organizing an ocean-friendly event not only helps our marine ecosystems, it can also be a great promotional quality for your event.

How do I make my event ocean-friendly?

There are six requirements for an event to be considered ocean-friendly:

styrofoam, ocean-friendly eventNo Styrofoam.
no plastic bags, ocean-friendly eventNo Plastic Bags.
paper containers, ocean-friendly eventNo Plastic Straws.
plastic bottle, recycle, recycling, ocean-friendly eventUse Proper Recycling Practices.
fork, plasticware, ocean-friendly eventNo Disposable Plastic Utensils.
balloons, ocean-friendly eventNo Balloons.

ocean-friendly events, special events, sustainabilityOther options to consider

  • While plastic bottles are allowed in the Ocean Allies ocean-friendly certification at this time, priority should be given to water refill stations, reusable bottles, and canned water.
  • If food is at the event, vegetarian and vegan options should be available to attract more patrons and support diets that are sustainable.
  • All seafood should be ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable.


Ocean Allies is happy to assist any event that would like to go ocean-friendly and can provide guidance on the right materials to choose. If your event is certified ocean-friendly by Ocean Allies, it will be promoted and celebrated. The city’s sustainability coordinator can also be contacted with questions at (727) 562-4003.