San Francisco airport no longer offers disposable plastic bottles of water

- Sep 07, 2019-

From now on, anyone flying to San Francisco's airport will feel a little different, at least in the way they drink their water.

Since recently, people who want to stay hydrated have had to drink from an airport water fountain or bring their own reusable beverage cans.In addition, travelers can purchase specially approved canned water in glass or aluminum cans at airport stores.

San Francisco made the decision because it wants to be the world's first zero-waste airport by 2021.In order to achieve this goal, it is reasonable to limit the variety of food packaging.In particular disposable plastic bottles have become the world's garbage pollution, the use of plastic bottles to save the time point just right.The Zero Waste Alliance, a nonprofit group, estimates that by eliminating disposable plastic bottles, humans could reduce the amount of Waste in landfills by up to 90 percent, as well as recycling sites.

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From now on, passengers will not be able to find any filtered, pure, mineral, flavored, sparkling, electrolytic water in disposable plastic bottles at the airport.Airport vending machines no longer sell the drinks.All businesses are limited to aluminum canned water, glass bottled water, or bottled water that can be reused.The good news is that to make sure travelers have enough to drink, the airport guarantees free water at all its water fountains.

But so far, the ban only applies to water, so other drinks, such as coffee, fruit juice or tea, are not included.

According to some estimates, the busy San Francisco airport produces 28 million pounds of trash a year, including more than 10,000 plastic bottles of water a day. That means nearly four million bottles a year.After drinking the water, scientists calculate it would take the earth 400 years to 1,000 years to decompose the plastic waste.

In addition to the hundreds of years it takes the earth to consume this plastic waste, there is a cost to our health.These plastic bottles contain microplastics that can be eaten into the body.According to statistics, americans eat or smoke 74, 000 to 121, 000 microbeads per year.A person who drinks only plastic bottled water a day would consume 75,000 microplastics a year as a young person and 127,000 microplastics as an adult.

As a result, these plastic wastes not only take a toll on our environment, but also on our bodies.If we want a healthy earth and a healthy body, it is our responsibility.