the last straw straws

In an effort to save our seas, a South African restaurant chain will no longer be giving straws with drinks and bags with take-aways.


Ocean Basket are creating responsible ocean citizens by making a few in store changes, that include no more straws or plastic bags for take-aways.

The ocean and the waterways are their core focus as they form the foundation for the business success and provide the motivation for us all to become better and more Responsible Ocean Citizens.

Ocean Basket have a significant stake in maintaining an ocean that is healthy and abundant.

“The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life; it produces half the oxygen we breathe, helps to provide the water we drink and delivers us the very core of our business success – seafood.”

The world’s beaches support ocean health and the river courses we live alongside feed into this ocean, either transporting fresh water or massive pollutants into the greater resource.

Being a responsible ocean citizen (ROC) means committing to a shared accountability around the right to benefit from the ocean’s resources and the duty to conserve it for future generations.

Ocean citizenship entails adopting new habits at both a company and a personal level and creating a sense of belonging within a community striving to preserve the ocean and its resources.

To achieve these objectives the restaurant chain work with public organisations such as NPOs, aquariums, science centres and other restaurant outlets to promote a philosophy to a wide audience from patrons to media and investors.

Easy In-store Changes

The restaurant chain are in the process of building a movement within their stores to inspire all of us to prevent plastic pollution, reduce waste, improve recycling and live cleaner, healthier lives. Watch this space as we begin the rollout of projects over the next 18 months, beginning 2018.

The first of these is getting rid of straws and plastic!

Responsible Seafood

As a company they strive to only purchase seafood that has been harvested in a responsible manner or ethically farmed fish species.

In 2015, for the first time, 51% of fish consumed globally were farmed fish, as opposed to wild caught, and they will continue to explore these options and work alongside locally and use global guidelines from to improve practices.

Create Love

It is their goal, through various activities, including education, outreach and awareness, to become ambassadors of the oceans and rivers. This began with their sponsorship of the Kelp Forest at the Two Oceans aquarium and they are also identifying other projects to expand this objective.

Sources: Ocean Basket | Two Oceans Aquarium | Facebook
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1 comment

  1. they make their money by selling fish trawled in vast quantities by commercial fishing companies …. are u guys joking pro.oting this? they are the second last company after I&J that can claim to be saving our oceans

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