Queen bans single-use plastic on Royal estates

The Queen is banning the use of single-use plastics across all Royal estates, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

Measures include the phasing out of plastic straws in public cafes at Royal residences and in staff dining rooms.

Internal catering staff will now only use china plates, glasses and recyclable paper cups as well as biodegradable packaging for takeaway food items.

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Water at meetings and briefings will also be served only in glass bottles.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “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.”

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A ‘green’ newsletter with updates will also regularly go out to staff, and recycling of certain plastics will form part of waste contracts.

It comes after Prince Charles said the world seemed to turn a “blind eye” to the mounting evidence of plastic pollution in the oceans.

Speaking to environmentalists in London last month, the Prince of Wales said that “we cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue”.

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Last year, Prince Charles gave his backing to the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, describing the build-up of plastic waste in our oceans as “one of the most troubling environmental trends”.

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“All I can say is Sky’s ocean plastics campaign will hopefully create further awareness of this incredibly serious issue,” he said.

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