Bocadillos supports Eco-friendly Straws and Sustainable Fishing Practices


Bocadillos supports Eco-friendly Straws and Sustainable Fishing Practices

The Bocadillos restaurants in Port Elizabeth care about more than just satisfying your hunger and exhilarating your taste buds.

We care deeply about our planet too and are always looking for ways that we can contribute to a more sustainable way of living.

Eco-friendly straws and sustainable fishing - Bocadillos Restaurants PE

We are one of the few places to eat in Port Elizabeth that supports sustainable fishing and do not believe in destructive fishing practices.

Therefore, when choosing something from our seafood menu, we guarantee that it has been harvested in the most sustainable way possible.

To support this practice, we have decided to say “no” to plastic straws. We have replaced our single use plastic straws with 100% compostable and bio-degradable straws.

We believe that in order to remain one of the best restaurants in Port Elizabeth, we need to stay up to date with environmental practices that are being adopted all over the world.

Why choose sustainable fishing practices?

Destructive fishing practices such as overfishing by commercial trawlers have greatly compromised the ocean’s eco-system.

Many marine habitats, especially coral reefs, have been permanently damaged due to these practices.

According to the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI), 312 million kilograms of seafood is consumed in South Africa every year.

This level of consumption does not allow the populations to recoup as the demand for seafood is simply too high.

Why say “no” to plastic straws?

Understanding the environmental impact straws have is the first step in the direction of a straw-free world.

Studies show that it takes up to 200 years for a single plastic straw to completely break down. Furthermore, single use plastic straws are one of the top ten items found during beach clean-ups world-wide.

Generally speaking, 90% of rubbish found in the ocean is made up of plastic items. Once a plastic straw finds its way into the ocean, the implications are severe.

As the plastic finds its way into the ocean and travels around the water, it breaks up into smaller pieces which are then ingested by all kinds of marine life.

To name one of the many tragic consequences of plastic pollution in the ocean, animals that ingest this plastic suffer blockages in their digestive systems which soon becomes fatal.

Statistics show that straws are the second most consumed plastic by sea turtles.

In the North Pacific Ocean, fish ingest up to 24,000 tons of plastic each year. This includes plastic straws.

90% of all seabird species have eaten some form of plastic. This number is predicted to increase to 99% by the year 2050.

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Conclusively, it is clear to see that our oceans are desperately in need of our help. There are ways that we can make a difference.

As a small yet significant contribution, you can choose Bocadillos as your favourite restaurant in Port Elizabeth.

Help us save our oceans by saying “no” to plastic straws and destructive fishing practices.

Contact us, to make a reservation.