The Queen has launched a major crackdown on plastics across the royal estate being inspired by one of the world’s most famous naturalists and nature documentarians Sir David Attenborough.
Buckingham Palace has said the royal household has a “strong desire to tackle the issue” and would do so by cutting back plastics, such as straws and plastic bottles. A spokesman for the Palace said, “Across the organization, the royal household is committed to reducing its environmental impact.
“As part of that, we have taken a number of practical steps to cut back on the use of plastics,” he said. These steps would include phasing out plastic straws in public cafes and banning them completely from staff dining areas. Royal cafe takeaway food containers will now be compostable or biodegradable, while those working and living within Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will only be able to use crockery and glasses, or recyclable cups.
The initiative comes after the 91-year-old monarch recorded a documentary with the TV naturalist, also 91, about a conservation project called the Commonwealth Canopy. And after the EU announced plans to make all plastic in Europe recyclable or reusable by 2030.