Queen Elizabeth has announced the royal estates will eliminate plastic because after meeting Sir David Attenborough, because who wouldn’t listen to what that man had to say?
BBC’s Blue Planet II aired last year and showcases the disastrous effect plastic is having on the world’s waters and its impact has been felt globally. Seriously, if you haven’t seen then drop everything and watch it now.
Royal waste-reduction plans include phasing out plastic straws in public cafes and staff dining rooms, a ban on plastic water bottles in meetings, and ensuring that all to-go orders come in biodegradable packaging. Royal caters will also be required to use china plates and glasses.
Residences include Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyrood house in Edinburgh.
“At all levels, there's a strong desire to tackle this issue,” the Telegraph reports a palace spokesman told the press. “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."
The Queen isn’t the only one inspired by the seven-part documentary series.
The European Union is waging war on plastic to ensure every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.
“If we don’t do anything about this, 50 years down the road we will have more plastic than fish in the oceans… we have all seen the images, whether you watch Blue Planet, whether you watch the beaches in Asian countries after storms,” vice-president of the commission Frans Timmermans told the Guardian.
It seems the 7,000 hours spent filming were worth it.
Earlier this year Scotland announced plans to become one of the first countries to ban cotton buds. A recent UK ban prohibits the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products. In 2016, France became the first country to ban all plastic plates and cutlery. Around 30 countries have enacted similar bands on plastic bags.
That’s because plastics are a global problem.
An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic is going into the ocean each year – an equivalent of 15 shopping bags full of plastic for every meter of coastline. Off the coast of Honduras there is an entire sea made of drifting plastics.
This waste has a negative effect not just on the animals who mistakenly ingest it, but for people too. The United Nations warns ocean-going plastics pose a threat to human health after a study found fish sold in fish markets around the world contain plastic particles.
If the Queen says it’s bad then you know it’s time to follow suit.