San Francisco Becomes First City To Ban The Sale Of Plastic Bottles

Nowadays, the plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental burdens.

Statistics say that annually, we throw away enough plastic to circle the globe 4 times. Also, it has been shown that 50% of the plastic is thrown after the first use.

Newest studies suggest that the consumption of water and food in plastic bottles and packages is extremely detrimental to health, as plastic contains various harmful chemicals that leech in the water or food, and are thus entered in the human body.

One of the most harmful compounds in plastic is bisphenol A or BPA. The exposure to this toxin during pregnancy has been found to lead to low birth weight in newborn children.

This chemical has been initially used in the process of manufacturing of everyday plastics like helmets, food containers, goggles, paper receipts, and the coating of metal tins and cans for food. Due to all this, apparently, all people contain it at some level in the blood.

Moreover, this substance has been proven to have disastrous effects on the endocrine system, through the thyroid gland. Moreover, it also leads to obesity and affects the behavioral and brain development in children.

Despite these effects, the use of plastic bottles seriously damages the environment, and this pollution has been shown to directly cause various other health effects as well.

Due to all this, the city of San Francisco has started a revolution and became the first city to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. This is the start of a global movement which will lower the amount of waste thrown annually, due to the billion-dollar plastic bottle industry.

In the last 4 years, this ban is planned to phase out the plastic water bottles sale which holds 21 ounces or less in public spaces. According to GlobalFlare, a waiver will be permitted only if there is a lack of an adequate alternative water source.

This proposal was strongly supported by the Think Outside the Bottle campaign, which encourages restrictions of the “eco-unfriendly product”.

This is a huge step, even though it is not as strict as the full prohibitions passed in 14 national parks and numerous universities in Concord, Massachusetts

The fines for violating this ban can go up to $1,000. Hence, this will definitely stimulate you to purchase a reusable glass bottle.

Joshua Arce, the chairman of the Commission on the Environment, declared that this ban is “another step forward in our zero-waste goal. We had big public events for decades without plastic and we’ll do fine without them again.”

Previously, San Francisco banned plastic bags and plastic foam containers, so this is not the first attempt to reduce the plastic pollution. By 2020, they plan to eliminate all waste that goes to the landfill, and currently, the diversion rate stands at 80%.

The reaction of the American Beverage Association, which includes Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo, was the following: The ban is “nothing more than a solution in search of a problem. This is a misguided attempt by city supervisors to decrease waste in a city of avid recyclers.”

Nevertheless, the plastic pollution should be reduced at any cost, so moves of this one by the city of San Francisco may convince us to quit the use of plastics and become more aware of the need to protect our environment.


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  2. This is a very good step to help our environment and our health. I would love to see reusable and refundable glass bottles again.

  3. This is a beautiful thing here. I'm personally going to boycott any plastic containers that are smaller than gallon jugs and use reusable bags for my shopping instead of getting paper or plastic. I'm going to encourage anyone reading this and everyone I know to do the same. Also boycotting nestle and all of its products due to the devastation in our deserts.
    Cannot go anywhere until I give a big giant "FUUUUUCK YOU!!! 🖕" to The American Beverage Association! If I didn't drink drinks I'd boycott you mfs too!
    Acting like there's no issue, stating we're looking for a problem!
    Better get on using those hemp plastics that break down! Oh ... BTW ... Live growing hemp is a bigtime air cleaner!!! I would pay more to you pieces of shit for eco-friendly bottles!

  4. I live in Finland. We've had a bottle recycling system going on for more than 50 years. First it was naturally for glass bottles, because the're were no plastic ones. Soon it included cans and plastic bottles, too. There was practically no littering anyway, but especially no bottles around. The beauty of it is that there's always been a small deposit paid per bottle.
    That definitely works. I remember a Russian immigrant neighbor collecting and hunting for bottles, and she saved up enough money in a few months to buy rollerskates for her daughter.
    Now, we have machines where you can donate the money on charity, Unicef or some local one.

  5. Are refundables really the issue? At least they come back for recycling - it’s all the other plastic that people who don’t care have no motivation to keep out of landfills. THAT plastic is what should be banned. Don’t get me wrong, good start and all...but this is a baby step and a small bandaid on a much larger problem.

    1. Angela Bell -Good point. There is always going to be some amount of garbage (which is a food source for some microbes). I really appreciate paper diapers with their inner layer of plastic when changing the two year old grandson. The plastic helps retain body excretions from dirtying clothing, etc. Glass can break and cause cuts and bleeding. Recycling glass is costlier because of the weight of glass, hence increased transportation costs. Simplistic thinking and reactions can cause more problems. Careful thinking and a variety of options can be a more effective way forward.

  6. What university is in Concord, MA?

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  8. I am slowly eliminating plastic storage containers in my kitchen. I now save all glass bottles for storage of leftovers. I've even been experimenting with them in the freezer which is working. I just fills the bottles halfway. Yes glass breaks and cuts, but I grew up with glass we just learned that glass cuts and never had a problem. Thank you San Francisco for leading the way.

  9. That's great we are getting rid of plastic bottles. Any suggestions for buying spring water in a glass container? Where can we buy non-tap water, I wonder. I would gladly pay more for glass and equally would be happy to recycle it.


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