Published: Thu, February 15, 2018

Less plastic in Buckingham Palace: Queen

Less plastic in Buckingham Palace: Queen

The Queen has banned single-use plastic straws, bottles and other cutlery from the royal estates as part of a move to reduce plastic waste.

The Daily Telegraph in London reports that Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will from now on only be using china plates, glasses or recyclable paper cups.

"The Royal Household is committed to reducing its environmental impact", a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told HuffPost UK.

Buckingham Palace has said the royal household has a "strong desire to tackle the issue" and would do so by cutting back plastics, such as straws and plastic bottles.

It's believed the Queen made a decision to tackle the plastic problem head on after working with Sir David on a conservation documentary about wildlife in the Commonwealth.


With top-down initiations such as the plastic-bag charge proving effective (usage is said to be down 85 per cent), we an all take inspiration from these movements and start looking to our own homes, like the Queen, to see how we can reduce our plastic waste.

Her Maj has outlined a major plan that completely rids her palaces, such as Buckingham and Kensington, from plastic.

Whilst some plastic is necessary and useful (many have spoken out about how some plastic packaging can aid people with disabilities to be more self-sufficient), there is still far too much of it in the world.

The Queen's stance follows that of her son Prince Charles, who often talks about environmental issues, including the damage plastic garbage is doing to the oceans. "The fact that a recent study estimates that by 2025 there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish in the sea is not what I call encouraging". Solar panels will line the roof and an anaerobic digestion unit will create biogas from waste.

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