"It's really about us thinking about our sustainability goals ... and being a good corporate steward," said Juan Salazar, Facebook's director of local policy and community engagement.
In a move towards saving the environment, Facebook will no longer offer single-use plastic water bottles to their employees at their new offices worldwide. Instead, it will install water-filling stations for employees, according to CNN. The news was out on Wednesday, and it will make Facebook one of the biggest companies to issue such a plastic ban. As awareness about the dangers of plastic manufacturing and waste grow, companies, gyms, and stores have stopped offering single-use plastic bottles, opting instead for glass, aluminum or paper cartons.
A few months ago, in August, San Francisco International Airport also issued a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in an effort to cut down on the nearly 4 million water bottles it sells each year. Facebook's new cafeterias in Burlingame, Fremont, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale will feature the new water stations while its Menlo Park headquarters will be retrofitted with them.
Rumor has it that the new offices in Chicago, Austin, and Los Angeles will also feature the water stations. "It's really about us thinking about our sustainability goals ... and being a good corporate steward," said Juan Salazar, Facebook's director of local policy and community engagement. "This is the standard we set for the company going forward." With such a giant tech company taking a positive step, hopefully others will follow suit.
One person took to Reddit to comment: This is nice, but it's hard to feel enthusiastic when the HQ in Menlo Park still stocks plastic water bottles. There's no excuse considering each water machine there, placed at every 300 ft, has cold, hot, sparkling, and room temp settings. I've seen people argue that it hurts their productivity to have to wash and refill reusable water bottles, which is mind-numbing, to say the least.
Another added: This is so strange. The tech company where I work has those same machines and just always keeps a ton of glasses in the kitchen cabinet right above the water machine. When you’re done, you either refill or put it in the bin and the staff washes them at night. Doesn’t hurt my productivity one bit! A third added: I just reuse Smartwater bottles. I bought a six-pack over a year ago. I use them for backpacking since they're way lighter than other options. I'm also a forgetful guy so losing a buck or so hurts way less than losing $8+.
Finally, someone else shared: I love this but wish people would also consider that non-disposable bottles also use resources when they are created and eventually end up at the landfill. They seem to be given away free at every company event/convention and they’re now a fashion accessory, so people like to buy new bottles just because they’re trendy. Use ‘em ‘till you lose ‘em, people.
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