Queen Elizabeth II bans plastic straws and bottles after being inspired by Sir David Attenborough.
In her environmental crusade, the Queen has banned plastic straws and bottles from the Royal estates and Buckingham Palace has released new plans in a bid to tackle the issue of reducing waste from all levels of the royal ranks.
The Queen reportedly became very interested in the waste issue after working with Sir David Attenborough to film a documentary about wildlife in the Commonwealth.
The pair seemed to get on like a house on fire as they laughed and joked together while also discussing the more serious topic of creating national forested parks within all 52 Commonwealth countries.
As part of the new plans from Buckingham Palace, plastic straws will be gradually phased out of public cafes and will be completely banned in staff dining rooms.
Further, there will only be china crockery or recyclable items used by internal caterers at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace stated:
“Across the organisation, 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. At all levels, there’s a strong desire to tackle this issue.”
Don’t forget that the Queen isn’t the only environmentally conscience royal.
Prince Charles often speaks about plastic waste wreaking havoc in our oceans and endangering our marine ecosystems.
Buckingham Palace is also going green with a 10-year refurbishment program set to cost £369 million, which will see electrical cabling and heating systems replaced.
Not only is this refurbishment set to improve energy efficiency by 40 percent, but solar panels will also be installed on the roof, and ground source heat pumps are also being considered.
Companies who are now seeking Royal Warrants must prove they are environmentally friendly too.