The Queen Helps Environment By Banning Single Use Plastic On Royal Estates

The Prince Of Wales attending a meeting at The Royal Academy to discuss plastics in the environment

The Prince Of Wales attending a meeting at The Royal Academy to discuss plastics in the environment Credit David Parker- WPA Pool Getty Images

It is thought that Queen Elizabeth's interest in the issue spiked after she worked with Sir David Attenborough on a documentary that explores wildlife in the Commonwealth. Royal caterers will now be required to use china plates and glasses. Takeaway food products from Royal Collection cafes will now have to have biodegradable or compostable packaging.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace outlined that there is a "strong desire to tackle the issue", when speaking about the Queen's new waste plans.

The announcement comes days ahead of the premiere of Mr Attenborough's Blue Planet II nature documentary on Australian television on Saturday, in which the naturalist showcases stunning marine life and makes an argument against the use of plastic based on the effects it has on the world's underwater ecosystems.

The Queen's stance follows that of her son Prince Charles, who often talks about environmental issues, including the damage plastic garbage is doing to the oceans. As part of that, we have taken a number of practical steps to cut back on the use of plastics. "Haven't you been listening to a word I've said?" Meanwhile, England's prime minster, Theresa May, has been fielding criticism for what is perceived as a slow response to the plastics crisis.

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From 2016 to 2017, Buckingham Palace made a 5.1 per cent reduction in waste, reports show.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace is getting a general overhaul that will cost an estimated £369 million.

According Cleanup.org.au, an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide each year - and many of those bags are only used once.

Plastic doesn't seem to have the royal stamp of approval any more. Solar panels will line the roof and an anaerobic digestion unit will create biogas from waste.

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