Plastic Bottle Cap Ban – California’s Plastic Free Future

California is considering a ban on the detachable plastic bottle cap – which could set a new bottling production standard for the rest of the nation. California also is reviewing how plastic straws are utilized by bars and restaurants. The plastic bottle cap legislation is aimed to lessen litter and encourage caps get recycled.  The law tentatively forces beverage businesses in California — the sixth-largest economy in the globe — to switch to caps tethered to bottles, much like on a canteen. Some bottled water companies such as Crystal Geyser have gotten ahead of the legislation, while Nestle boasts the eco-friendly solution on sports caps for some of its Arrowhead bottled water. Plastic bottle caps are the third-most common item of plastic that is found in beach cleanups by volunteers. But plastic bottle caps are just the start.

At the same time, California also is looking to impose limits on restaurants handing out plastic straws.  The legislation will require customers to specifically request plastic straws, rather than being given the straws by default. Violations of the law would result in criminal penalties, including potential jail time and big financial fines, but they have since been removed from the measure. To be clear, Assembly Bill 1884 wouldn’t ban plastic straws, but some local jurisdictions in the state have done so and require restaurants to use paper straws. Restaurants may actually save money with the bill, since restaurants will now save costs on passing out straws by default to every client that comes to a bar or restaurant.

This plastic bottle cap ban goes beyond the plastic bottle cap, it is a cultural shift seen around coastal states. Also, the city of Seattle has a ban on plastic straws and utensils from all restaurants that goes into effect in July. Several beach communities in Florida also have passed plastic straw bans.  More news about this culture shift is cataloged here at OKSTRAW™