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The Queen has just banned plastic from her royal estates

Marie Claire UK 2018-02-12 16:34:43

We recently learned that Queen Elizabeth has banned garlic from her kitchen, and it sounds like the list of banned items at Buckingham Palace is only growing.

In a move to be more environmentally friendly, her royal majesty has also now banned the use of plastic straws and bottles from her royal estates.

The move is thought to have been inspired by Sir David Attenborough, who highlighted the damage plastic is having on marine life in his latest series of Blue Planet II.

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.

‘Across the organisation, the royal household is committed to reducing its environmental impact,’ they added.

‘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.’

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.

Queen Elizabeth’s new waste plans include phasing out the use of plastic straws in all public cafes and banning them from staff dining rooms. It’s also believed that internal caterers based in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh are now only allowed to use china plates and glasses or recyclable paper cups.


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The EU have also made plans to tackle the issue of plastic packaging across the continent, with plans to make all packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030.