San Francisco Bans Sale of Plastic Water Bottles



80% of plastic water bottes are not recycled and end up in landfills like this one.

Ellie Poling, Staff Writer

San Francisco has banned the sale of plastic water bottles on city-owned property starting in October 2014. Although the ban will exclude sporting events, and is giving food trucks and large non-profits until 2018 to comply, the change will be dramatic. The importance of this major act can be explained in countless sentences concerning the impact that plastic bottles can have on our environment, but to make it more straight forward, here’s a visual of the lifecycle of a plastic water bottle. Note the extra gas that is being used to transport items throughout the plastic water bottle process.