Eastern Long Island Chapter

Strawless Summer

Strawless Summer was a slamming success.

During Summer of 2018, Surfrider Foundation’s Eastern Long Island chapter joined the worldwide movement to make plastic straws an item of the past. At one beach cleanup in Greenport, the Eastern Long Island Chapter removed 922 straws from the beach. If you are not convinced that straws can cause harm in the marine environment, watch this video of a sea turtle with a straw in its nose

The goal of this program was to reduce the number of plastic straws used in restaurants in Eastern Long Island. 

Thanks to our partners, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, and Group for the East End, and later, Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn this program was a slamming success that led to a ban on plastic straws altogether in Suffolk County as of Earth Day, 2019. Read more here.

Thanks to the Suffolk County Law banning plastic straws, Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island will no longer be promoting a Strawless Summer.


    1. Go completely Strawless
  1. Provide biodegradable (paper, bamboo) straws only upon request     OR
  2. Provide reusable alternatives to plastic (stainless steel)


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Here is a complete list of all participants:


  1. Provisions
  2. Left Hand Coffee
  3. Left Hand Coffee & Bakery
  4. The Montauk Beach House
  5. Canal Cafe
  6. Long Island Aquarium
  7. Almond
  8. Westlake Fish House
  9. Pierre’s
  10. Pierre’s Market
  11. Dockside Bar & Grill
  12. Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market
  13. Oaklands Restaurant and Marina
  14. Page at 63 Main
  15. The Surf Lodge
  16. Mambo Kitchen
  17. Bell & Anchor
  18. Little Red
  19. Sundays On The Bay
  20. Peconic Cellar Door
  21. Claude’s
  22. Bay Kitchen Bar
  23. Tutto Il Giorno
  24. Southampton Publick House
  25. C’est Cheese
  26. RUMBA Inspired Island Cuisine & Rum Bar
  27. Calissa
  28. Topping Rose House
  29. Good Libations Food Truck
  30. Coopers Beach Concession
  31. The Purple Elephant
  32. Coopers Beach Concession
  33. Nicky’s on the Bay
  34. La Sirena Food Wagon
  35. Food & Co Catering
  36. Hooked
  37. Amber Waves Farm
  38. Crazy Beans
  39. The Preston House & Hotel
  40. Seaside Grill
  41. Pentimento
  42. Grindstone Coffee & Donuts
  43. Sen Japanese Restaurant
  44. Lulu Kitchen & Bar
  45. Hamptons Coffee Company – Water Mill
  46. Hamptons Coffee Company – Southampton
  47. Hamptons Coffee Company – Westhampton Beach
  48. Hamptons Coffee Company – Aquebogue
  49. Post Office Cafe
  50. Hatch
  51. Southside Restaurant
  52. Mirabelle
  53. Maxwell’s
  54. Lulu Kitchen & Bar
  55. Sen Japanese Restaurant
  56. Finnegans
  57. View Restaurant

Schools & Camps:

58.  Hampton Bays Middle School

59.  Hampton Bays High School

58.  Southampton Fresh Air Home


By participating in the 2018 Strawless Summer, your business will be aligned with the Surfrider brand. Right when your restaurant signs up to participate in the Strawless Summer, we will give you a window decal, take a photo with the owner or manager to be posted on social media.

  • Website & Social Media: We plan to use our reach to promote your restaurant to our followers. Your restaurant will be placed on the interactive map on our website, which will link directly to your website & menu. 
  • Window Decal: Surfrider will provide you with a peel-off window decal that states you are participating in the 2018 Strawless Summer, and if desired, we will also provide you with literature to answer questions for
  • Local Media:  Additional articles and press releases about the Strawless Summer 2018 participants will be completed as time and availability allow.
  • Chapter Loyalty: Our chapter is always looking for places to host meetings and events, so restaurants who are making strides towards preventing plastic pollution on our fragile coast line will always be given priority. 

VOLUNTEERS,  “Volunteer Resources”

The success of this movement depends on help from volunteers. We need people like YOU to help the Chapter get restaurants to pledge and participate in Strawless Summer. Visit the “Volunteer Resources” folder above for everything needed to get a restaurant to pledge. When going about your day-to-day remember to remind your server,  “No straw, Please!” You can also  Sign this Petition asking East End restaurant supplier to provide alternatives to plastic straws.


Press about Strawless Suffolk:




While many companies are coming up with solutions to plastic pollution by introducing “compostable” and “biodegradable” bioplastics, very few if any of these new products actually degrade in the natural environment.” The BAN List 2.0 study tested a bioplastic straw’s marine degradability and found that the straw was entirely intact after 2 years in the ocean.


Are you interested in starting a similar movement in your community? Check out Surfrider Foundation’s “Plastic Straws Suck” Activist Toolkit for all you need to know to help continue this world-wide movement.