The Marine Conservation Society, a leading environmental group has commended Queen Elizabeth for her vow to no longer use plastic.
The Conservation Society told Voice of Westminster “We welcome this news, she is setting a great example and everyone should follow this lead. This can set a lot in motion and parliament, the government and Hollywood should follow in suit”.
Friends Of The Earth is another organisation who actively campaign against plastic in the ocean and urge the government to reduce plastic.
Stuart Croft from the press office told Voice of Westminster they were “ thrilled of this recent development and they hope it advances their campaign against plastic.”
Buckingham Palace has outlined new waste plans and said there is a “strong desire to tackle the issue” at the highest level of her Royal household.
The Queen became personally interested in the problem of plastic after working with Sir David Attenborough on a conservation documentary dealing with wildlife in the Commonwealth. She was inspired after watching the acclaimed series Blue Planet.
These new measures include banning plastic straws in staff dining rooms. 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 recycled paper cups.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace stated “Across the organisation, the Royal Household is committed to reducing its environmental impact. As 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.”
Author: Lisa Leroux
Sub Editor: Thomas Joa