The Queen of England bans plastic bottles and straws
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Plastic no longer has the approval of the English crown. Queen Elizabeth II recently banned straws and plastic bottles from its properties, in an attempt to reduce the use of plastic. The Independent and The Telegraph quoted a Buckingham Palace spokesperson as saying “there is a strong desire to fix this” plastic problem in the royal household.

Some people claim the Queen took an interest in the plastic issue after working on a documentary with host and naturalist David Attenborough, who recently discussed the particular dilemma of ocean plastic in Blue Planet II – a heartbreaking documentary that showed a whale. Pilot mother carrying her dead baby probably poisoned by plastic.

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Friends of the Earth activist Julian Kirby told The Telegraph: “Planet Blue’s reach now extends to royal homes and shows the momentum that is building behind the war on plastic pollution.”

The Queen is considering the use of plastic in several ways. Buckingham Palace spoke of new recycling plans, including measures to eliminate plastic straws from public cafes and ban them completely from staff canteens. Take-out food products from Royal Collection cafes will now have to have biodegradable or compostable packaging. In-house food services at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse will only be able to use porcelain cups and plates, as well as recyclable paper cups, according to The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph reported that Buckingham Palace was undergoing a £ 369million renovation over 10 years – or roughly $ 510million – in an effort to improve the energy efficiency of the royal residence. Electrical wiring and heating systems, which have not been renovated since World War II, will be replaced. Solar panels will cover the roofs and an anaerobic digestion system will generate biogas from the waste.

Buckingham Palace has a dedicated environmental website, which says the royal house “works intensively through different renovation works in palaces and royal halls to reduce their impact on the environment, using all kinds of efficient energy, LEDs for lighting or hydroelectric power stations to keep them running the more efficient“.

Via The independentThe telegraph