Border Grill Chef/Owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have
always been champions of the environment and in recent years have
stepped up their efforts with a host of environmentally-friendly
policies at their restaurants.
- Border Grill serves only sustainable seafood, as part of the
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. It’s our mission to
make lesser known, delicious, sustainable seafood like Arctic char,
black cod, and barramundi as appealing as perennial favorites like
salmon. As part of the Seafood Watch program, Border Grill
distributes pocket seafood guides to customers.
- Border Grill uses organic long-grain rice, beans, and
coffee. We use seasonal, locally grown ingredients whenever possible
and do not use any products containing artificial trans fat.
- Border Grill developed a program called
the Planet, Good for You" giving guests the opportunity to choose
dishes made with at least 80% plant-based ingredients.
Because 18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from
livestock--more than from transportation--and Americans eat
about twice as much of the daily protein recommended by the
USDA, Border Grill is encouraging guests to get meat out of the
center of the plate and build the meal around vegetables,
grains, beans, salads, and fruit.
- Border Grill does not serve swordfish or most species of
tuna, working with Oceana, a leading international
conservation organization, in their Stop Seafood Contamination
campaign. Oceana aims to reduce the amount of mercury released
into the environment, as well as educate the public about the
risks of consuming fish with high mercury levels. As part of
Oceana’s campaign, Border Grill agreed to remove swordfish and
most tuna from its menus because of high mercury content. (After
much research, we recently decided to occasionally serve
albacore tuna as a low-mercury alternative to high-mercury
bluefin, bigeye, and yellowfin tunas)
- Border Grill does not serve Canadian seafood. After joining the
Humane Society’s “Protect Seals” Campaign, Border Grill took a
pledge to boycott Canadian seafood products until Canada ends its
commercial seal hunt.
- Border Grill uses biodegradable to go containers as
part of Santa Monica’s citywide ban on polystyrene and is part of a
local composting program.
- Border Grill uses the Natura water purification
system, instead of bottled water transported from around the world.
The reusable glass bottles provide an environmentally-friendly
alternative to the waste associated with the manufacture, transport,
and disposal of conventional bottled water.