Queen of England bans plastic bottles and straws at royal estates

February 12, 2018 by  
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Plastic doesn’t seem to have the royal stamp of approval any more. Queen Elizabeth II recently banned plastic straws and bottles on royal estates with the goal of reducing plastic use. The Independent and The Telegraph quoted a Buckingham Palace spokesperson as saying “there’s a strong desire to tackle this issue” of plastic among the royal household. Some people think the Queen has taken an interest in the plastic problem after working on a conservation documentary with broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough , who recently discussed the particular dilemma of ocean plastic in Blue Planet II – a heartrending clip from the show revealed a mother pilot whale who carried around her dead baby likely poisoned by plastic. Friends of the Earth campaigner Julian Kirby told The Telegraph, “Blue Planet’s reach now extends to the Royal households and shows how much momentum is building behind the war on plastic pollution .” The Queen is tackling plastic use in multiple ways. Buckingham Palace spoke of new waste plans, including measures to phase out straws in public cafes and ban them completely in staff dining rooms. Takeaway food products from Royal Collection cafes will now have to have biodegradable or compostable packaging. Internal caterers at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will only be able to utilize china glasses and plates, as well as recyclable paper cups, per The Telegraph. Related: Over 200 nations commit to ending ocean plastic waste The Telegraph reported Buckingham Palace is going through a 10-year, £369 million – or around $510 million – refurbishment with a goal of improving energy efficiency in the royal residence. Electrical cabling and heating systems that haven’t been updated since just after World War II will be replaced. Solar panels will line the roof and an anaerobic digestion unit will create biogas from waste. Buckingham Palace has a web page devoted to the environment , which says the royal household “is working hard across operations in the Royal Palaces and Estates to reduce its impact on the environment, using everything from energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting to hydro-electricity generating plants to ensure efficient running of its sites.” Via The Independent and The Telegraph Images via Depositphotos and PublicDomainPictures.net

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Planet Earth nature documentary is returning for a second season this year

February 29, 2016 by  
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A full 10 years after its initial debut, Planet Earth will be returning to the small screen for a second season this year. Following in its own innovative footsteps as the first BBC nature documentary to be shot in high definition, the series will now be filmed in 4K. It is hoped the new spellbinding images will propel 4K technology, just as the initial series did for HD. Read the rest of Planet Earth nature documentary is returning for a second season this year

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Champion of The Natural World – Sir David Attenborough Wins Life Time Achievement Award at The Green Awards

December 3, 2010 by  
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Image via: www.lloydbuck.co.uk Last night in London the Green Awards put on a spectacular evening to celebrate the best creative sustainability communications work of the last year. There were many of the great and good from the world of design, branding and advertising present, but there was one man at the ceremony in whose presence we all felt small

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New Shark Sanctuary Encompasses Entire Island, is a First in Indonesia

December 3, 2010 by  
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Photo by danflo Sharks hanging out around Indonesia have a safe haven around the island of Raja Ampat in Indonesia, thanks to a new announcement that an incredible 17,760 square miles around the island has been declared a reserve. The reserve also encompasses one of the most biologically diverse marine areas in the world, so sharks aren’t the only animals who will benefit from the protections

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Transformer Furniture: A Bookshelf Hides Table and Chairs

December 3, 2010 by  
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Photos via muuuz From Japanese designer Sakura Adachi comes this marvel of space-saving design: “Trick,” the bookshelf that hides a table and two chairs. Featured by Italian manufacturer Campeggi at the 2010 Salone del Mobile in Milan , this is a great example of how simple design can change common conceptions of everyday things, and save construction material as well as space. So grab a book and pull up a chair!..

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