Queen Bans Plastic Cups and Drinking Straws From Palaces

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The Queen has been inspired by Sir David Attenborough to join the campaign to reduce the use of plastic, banning straws and bottles from the royal estates.

Buckingham Palace outlined new waste plans and said there was a “strong desire to tackle the issue” at the highest levels of the royal household.

It is thought that the Queen became personally interested in the problem of plastic after working with Sir David on a conservation documentary dealing with wildlife in the Commonwealth.

The pair, both 91, were filmed laughing and joking together during the program, which discussed plans to create a network of national forested parks across the 52 countries of the Commonwealth.

The new measures for the royal palaces include gradually phasing out plastic straws in public cafes and banning them altogether in staff dining rooms.

Internal caterers at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will now only be allowed to use china plates and glasses, or recyclable paper cups.

Takeaway food items in the Royal Collection cafes must also now be made of compostable or biodegradable packaging.

“Across the organization, the royal household is committed to reducing its environmental impact,” said a Palace spokesperson.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, LondonTelegraph