Eco-Friendly Airport: SFO’s Latest Step Has One Big Loophole

by | Aug 22, 2019

Eco-Friendly Airport: SFO’s Latest Step Has One Big LoopholeA major airport is trying to cut down on waste, and savvy travelers are finding a way around it.

San Francisco International airport is on a mission to become waste free by 2021. Its latest step towards this goal is banning plastic water bottles. The policy covers drinking water in any single-use container that is one liter or less. But according to The San Francisco Chronicle, that last line is a big loophole. That means that plastic water bottles larger than one liter can still be sold.

The ban also does not apply to flavored beverages such as soda, teas and juices. It applies to all restaurants, cafes, vending machines and stores at the airport but once you’re on the plane, there’s all the plastic bottles you could need.

If you do want a sip of water without lugging around a large bottle you still have options. Travelers can purchase single-use bottles in aluminum, glass or packaging that can be thrown in the compost. Or just save room in your carry-on and bring your own bottle to fill up after passing through security.

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