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San Francisco Takes Step To Limit Plastic By Getting Rid Of Bottled Water

By Brian Spaen

Americans are reaching for the bottled water more often than soft drinks. While it’s a healthy trend for us, the environment is paying for it with more plastic ending up in our waters. San Francisco has been ahead of the curve with limiting plastic use with removing grocery bags and disposable utensils, and they’re exploring another venture of eliminating plastic bottles.

According to a Fortune report, nearly 40 gallons of bottled water were consumed in the United States during 2016 compared to 38.5 gallons of soda. The latter has owned the share since the late 1990’s, but the change has come as more US citizens are more health conscious than ever before. Roughly 35 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away instead of recycled annually.

San Francisco is looking to fix this issue by starting the process of banning individual bottled water. This has been an issue in plenty of circumstances, such as sporting events or concerts in the city. These places went toward alternatives that could be just a dangerous, such as cans and glass.