Buckingham Palace has outlined new waste plans banning plastic straws and bottles and said there was a ‘strong desire to tackle the issue’ at the highest levels of the Royal household.
It has been reported that the Queen became interested in the problem of plastic after working with Sir David Attenborough on a documentary about wildlife in the Commonwealth.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace 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.”
Buckingham Palace is currently undergoing a £369 million refurbishment programme which will make the royal residence more green.
As part of the scheme to improve energy efficiency by 40 per cent, solar panels are being placed on the roof and an anaerobic digestion unit to generate biogas from good and organic waste.
The palace is also considering solar thermal panels, ground source heat pumps, electrical heating, and fuel cells and estimates that the refit will save 554 tons of carbon each year.
Companies applying for Royal Warrants must also now prove they are not polluting the planet.