As of Tuesday, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has officially implemented a ban on plastic water bottles that are under one liter in size, according to ABC News.
The ban is part of a wider attempt by Californian authorities to combat plastic waste, with ABC noting that SFO “is hoping to achieve zero waste by 2021.” The ban, however, does not apply to bottles of other liquids besides water, such as soda, tea, and juice.
This move is the latest in a series of seemingly minute changes in policy as part of the state’s overwhelmingly left-wing government, particularly in the city of San Francisco. Last month, the city council of Berkeley voted to officially rename all “manholes” in the city as “maintenance holes,” for the purpose of eliminating “gendered language.”
SFO’s ban on plastic water bottles is also reflective of an ongoing national debate over proposed bans on plastic in order to reduce pollution, particularly in the oceans. This has most infamously resulted in many restaurants around the country switching from plastic straws to paper straws, which has led to widespread criticism from consumers due to the paper straws’ fragility.
President Trump has weighed in on the plastic debate in a unique way: his re-election campaign has since started selling Trump-branded plastic straws, as a mockery of the attempt to ban such straws.