Jan 24, 2024
Legislation Against Platic Bottles
As the world grapples with the rising tide of plastic pollution, numerous cities, states, and even public venues in the United States are taking legislative action to reduce the reliance on single-use plastic bottles. This growing movement is a the start of a revolution in the beverage industry and beyond.
Local Ordinances Leading the Charge
In Summit County, Colorado, Frisco is a prime example of local initiatives aimed at curbing plastic waste. Starting in July 2024, the sale of single-use plastic water bottles will be banned in the town. This ordinance is part of a broader effort to reduce single-use plastics, which also includes a ban on Styrofoam containers and a requirement for restaurants to offer plastic utensils only upon request.1
Similarly, Breckenridge has also begun implementing phases of a plastic ban, including a prohibition on single-use plastic water bottles and Styrofoam food containers in compliance with larger state-wide initiatives. These actions reflect a growing trend among local governments to take a stand against plastic pollution, despite the challenges that businesses might face during the transition.2
Major Airports Join the Movement
Major airports are also joining this environmental initiative. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) have both banned the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. At LAX, this ban is part of a larger initiative to achieve zero waste and carbon neutrality by 2045; which, aligns with Los Angeles' broader Green New Deal, aiming for zero carbon emissions by 2050 .3
The Bigger Picture
These examples of bans and restrictions on single-use plastic bottles are part of a larger, nationwide movement towards sustainability. They reflect the growing awareness and concern over the environmental impact of plastic pollution. As more localities adopt similar measures, brands are being compelled to rethink their packaging strategies and consider more sustainable and innovative alternatives, like the click cap.
This shift away from plastic bottles signifies a pivotal moment in environmental policy and consumer behavior, setting new standards for packaging in the beverage industry. As these legislative efforts gain momentum, they are likely to influence broader changes in corporate sustainability strategies and consumer expectations.
1 Spencer, R. (2023, August 10). You’ll no longer find plastic water bottles for sale in Frisco starting in July 2024. SummitDaily.com. https://www.summitdaily.com/news/youll-no-longer-find-plastic-water-bottles-for-sale-in-frisco-starting-in-july-2024/
2 Geary, K. (2024, January 3). As Breckenridge rolls out its plastic ban, eateries are on board but say it will cost them - and customers. SummitDaily.com. https://www.summitdaily.com/news/as-breckenridge-rolls-out-its-plastic-ban-eateries-are-on-board-but-say-it-will-cost-them-and-customers/
3 Coleman, K. (2023, August 3). Major airports suddenly banning plastic water bottles. Best Life. https://bestlifeonline.com/major-airports-banning-plastic-water-bottles-news/