San Francisco Bans the Sale of Plastic Bottles, We’re Thrilled to See Them Go Away
It may seem impossible to avoid using plastic every day. However, if you remember that there are somewhere between 15 to 51 trillion pieces of plastic that cover the world’s oceans according to studies, you’ll definitely want to replace single-use plastic. The city of San Francisco alone has started a revolution by banning the sale of plastic water bottles.
At Bright Side we support everyone who fights for a better future and that is why we want to tell you more about this hopeful act.
This revolutionary act aims to save the oceans from the thousands of plastic bottles that end up in the Pacific every year and preserve marine life, which is now seriously threatened.
San Francisco has already banned plastic bags and foam containers, so the ban of plastic water bottles didn’t come as a surprise to its residents. Despite damaging the environment, plastic can be harmful to human health because of the various chemicals that leech into water and enter the human body, like bisphenol A or BPA.
The residents of this city actively fight together for the same cause. Save The Bay of San Francisco is a local organization that’s been operating since 1961 with people from all over California volunteering to clean up the bay and the area around it.
The goal of the city’s authorities by 2020, is to wipe out all the waste that would otherwise go to a landfill. And they are doing such a great job that they are basically 80% of the way to their goal.
As the Supervisor of the Board, David Chiu, said to Reuters, “In San Francisco, we’ve been leading the way in fighting for our environment... Now people can just take a refillable water bottle, put it under a tap, and fill it up.” These free water filling stations are waiting for you all around the city.
If you are in San Francisco and about to go “wild on plastic” think again. The fines for violators are up to $1,000. Reusable bottles are a new trend in the city! Follow San Francisco’s example and you’ll make an octopus extremely happy by not putting it in danger.
Bonus: Imagine the possible difference between using plastic and getting rid of it forever.
What are your thoughts on this radical act? Do you think a similar act could work in your state? We’d love to hear your ideas on how the oceans can still be saved by changing our everyday lives, like replacing plastic bottles with glass or reusable ones. Let us know in the comments below.