Hawaiʻi Region

Choose To Reuse

“Choose To Reuse” Outreach Campaign Encourages Reduction in Plastic Usage

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a boom in restaurant takeout and deliveries as well as misinformation about the safety of reusables. We are seeing an increased volume of disposables for takeout orders, and a fallback to disposables for dining in. To help reduce plastic usage in restaurants, Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-led Ocean Friendly Restaurants program is launching an outreach campaign to educate about the safety of reusables and help restaurants choose reusable materials as a best option in terms of hygiene, economics and sustainability. This effort promotes five easy steps that restaurants can take to reduce unnecessary waste and save money.

Local Policies to Reduce Plastic Foodware

Over the last decade, the Hawaiian Islands have adopted sweeping policies designed to combat plastic pollution. the Choose to Reuse Campaign further supports the state-wide transition away from single-use plastics.

  • Oahu
    • Beginning January 1, 2021, restaurants on Oahu will be required to provide single-use service-ware upon request.
  • Maui
    • Beginning January 1, 2022, restaurants on Maui will be required to provide single-use service-ware upon request.
  • Kauai
    • Beginning January 1, 2022, restaurants on Kauai will no longer be allowed to use polystyrene (“Styrofoam”) food containers.

“Choose To Reuse” 5 Steps:

  1. Offer takeout service-ware upon request only.
  2. Use only reusable tableware for dining in.
  3. Switch to online or reusable menus.
  4. Encourage customers to Bring Your Own (bags, cutlery, etc.).
  5. Offer your own reusables for to-go orders.

Upon Request Only Signs

Contact your local Surfrider Foundation Hawaii Chapter to request social media materials and the Upon Request Only sign to display in your business. Mahalo for helping us encourage reuse throughout Hawaii.