The Queen's Green Tableware Dream
One is relatively excited about this weekend's Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
But one is even more excited that the Queen has banned plastic tableware - including straws, plates, cups and cutlery - from the ground's of her Royal homes and palaces.
The Royals have a long history of environmental activism. Prince Charles has delivered several speeches about damage to the oceans. In one recent talk, he warned of an “escalating ecological and human disaster” from refuse in the seas. Charles and Dame Ellen MacArthur teamed up to offer a million-dollar cash prize to anyone with a great idea for keeping garbage out of the ocean.
Each year, 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally. Ten percent of that ends up in the sea. At current rates, plastic will outweigh fish in the sea by 2050. Sea life and marine animals that eat this refuse accidentally, confusing it with food, can get sick and die.
Queen Elizabeth has long expressed admiration for David Attenborough, an environmentalist with a track record of creating beautiful, compelling movies about our planet.
Most recently, he produced a conservation series called “Blue Planet II.” The seven-part documentary, which was broadcast on the BBC last year, showcased the weird and wonderful species of the oceans. But it also explored the disastrous effects of waste on the world's waters.
The show was a hit in Britain, and it spurred top officials to take a serious look at reducing plastic waste.
So while you're sitting back sipping your cup of tea with your Royal-loving friends as Meghan and Harry tie the knot, remember do it with reusable china or porcelain or at the very least compostable tableware - because, among other reasons, it is now the height of right Royal behaviour.