San Francisco Int’l Airport Bans The Sale Of Plastic Water Bottles


By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

To halt the consumption of single-use plastic, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) banned the sale of bottled water. The initiative will go into effect on August 20 and coincides with a new city law.

As Newsweek reports, the airport is owned by the city of San Francisco. Because the eco-friendly metropolis has a goal to eliminate single-use plastic on city property, the law was passed. Reportedly, it does not pertain to sodas, tea, or juice. 

The new law reads:

“Effective August 20, water to be sold in recyclable aluminum, glass or BPI-certified compostable bottles. The policy applies to purified water, mineral water, carbonated or sparkling water, and electrolyte-enhanced water, but does not include flavored beverages such as sodas, teas, or juices.”

As a result of the new law, travelers must find new ways to consumer water through the international airport. While canned water and glass containers are potential options, they each have their downsides. The best option is to bring a reusable bottle and fill it with water at the hydration station, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Reportedly, aluminum bottles will be for sale at the airport for thirsty travelers.

According to ABC News, SFO vendors sold 4 million plastic water bottles in recent years. Though the market will be impacted, this should allow for the introduction of more sustainable options. Drop Water, for instance, distributes water in bottles that are 100 percent compostable. According to a company spokesperson, kiosks could soon be available at SFO.

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“We don’t have any kiosks at SFO yet, although we are an approved vendor there and hope to place kiosks now that the plastic bottle ban is going into effect,“the representative said. “We do have kiosks in both terminals at Mineta San Jose Airport, so SFO seems like a natural next step.”

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