The Queen has just banned plastic from her royal estates

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

Other than banning straws and bottles from the Buckingham Palace, the queen is also promoting a greener environment in and around the royal household. The new measures detail that their use will be gradually phased out in public cafes and banned in staff rooms, to be replaced with china crockery and recyclable paper.

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.

Takeaway food at any of the Royal Collection cafes must now be made of compostable or biodegradable packaging, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The move comes after the Daily Mail launched its Turn The Tide On Plastic campaign a year ago.

The environmentally-conscious move was said to be inspired by nature documentarian and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, after the pair worked together on a documentary about wildlife in the Commonwealth, according to The Telegraph.

The Queen speaks to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson left
The Queen speaks to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson left

And Prince Charles, who regularly speaks about the scourge of plastic, told a conference last month: 'The nightmare result of 8million tons of plastic entering the ocean every year is set to get worse rather than better.

Speaking to environmentalists in London last month, the Prince of Wales said that "we can not, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue". Solar panels will line the roof and an anaerobic digestion unit will create biogas from waste. Kensington Palace has also taken measures to reduce waste.

After watching Attenborough's BBC documentary "Blue Planet II" past year, Queen Elizabeth II spearheaded a campaign that requires the guests and organizers of royal events to not use straws and bottles.

Buckingham Palace has a web page devoted to the environment, which says the royal household "is working hard across operations in the Royal Palaces and Estates to reduce its impact on the environment, using everything from energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting to hydro-electricity generating plants to ensure efficient running of its sites". At all levels, there's a strong desire to tackle this issue'.