The Queen is clearly on board with campaigns to reduce the nation’s use of plastic, and has banned plastic straws and bottles from the royal estates.
The move is thought to have been inspired by David Attenborough, and in particular his work on Blue Planet II, which highlighted the scale of the problem of plastic waste in our oceans.
The Queen has worked with the presenter in a documentary about wildlife across the 52 countries of the Commonwealth. The programme will show the pair, both 91, discussing plans to create a network of forested parks across all the nations.
Buckingham Palace will now be doing its bit to help, saying plastic will be cut back ‘at all levels’ and there’s a ‘strong desire to tackle the issue’ in the royal household.
“Across the organisation, the royal household is committed to reducing its environmental impact,” said a Buckingham Palace spokesperson. “As part of that, we have taken a number of practical steps to cut back on the use of plastics. At all levels, there’s a strong desire to tackle this issue.”
The cafes will now only be allowed to use recyclable paper cups, china and glass.
It fits in to a wider trend, with the EU announcing plans to make all plastic packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030.
At present, British people use 7.7 billion disposable plastic water bottles each year and Europe produces a whopping 25 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. A shocking 10 per cent of the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced annually ends up in the sea.
“If we don’t change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050.” Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s first vice president, responsible for sustainable development, has warned.
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