The Queen declares war on plastic after David Attenborough documentary: Buckingham Palace outlined new waste plans and said there was a ‘strong desire to tackle the issue’ at the highest levels of the Royal household.

The Queen declares war on plastic after David Attenborough documentary: Buckingham Palace outlined new waste plans and said there was a ‘strong desire to tackle the issue’ at the highest levels of the Royal household.

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21 thoughts on “The Queen declares war on plastic after David Attenborough documentary: Buckingham Palace outlined new waste plans and said there was a ‘strong desire to tackle the issue’ at the highest levels of the Royal household.

  1. NihilsticEgotist February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    If there’s any 92 year old man who can somehow save the world, it’s David Attenborough.

  2. the_dollar_bill February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    oh my god you can’t start a headline with “the queen declares war”

  3. 49orth February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    If you want to experiment, after you have removed recyclables separate your non-recyclable garbage into non-plastics and plastics (wraps, packaging, styrofoam, bags, etc.)

    Its an eye-opener.

  4. BinchesBAnthony February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Some ideas if you want to tackle this issue in your own household:

    * Bring reusable bags to the supermarket.
    * Shop the bulk section with your own cloth bags/glass jars.
    * Choose produce without plastic packaging and stickers (easiest at the farmers market).
    * Switch to a simple personal care routine with solid, package-free products and durable utensils (bar soap and shampoo, deodorant block, safety razor, menstrual cup in case of uterus).
    * Clean with washable cotton racks and simple cleaning solutions (Vinegar and baking soda take care of almost anything.)
    * Avoid single use items like plastic cutlery and to go coffee cups. Baristi are happy to refill a clean reusable cup for you.
    * Ditch your Keurig or get a refillable Kcup.
    * Use a fountain pen with a piston or converter and refill from an ink bottle (/r/fountainpens).
    * Don’t accept unnecessary freebies, don’t buy shit you won’t use.

    Groceries, personal care and cleaning make up most of my household’s plastic waste but you can take a look at your trash to see where you personally can do better. /r/zerowaste is a good resource. You don’t need to go 100% plastic-free but every bit helps and lots of it will save you money in the long run.

  5. badassmthrfkr February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Good, but the term “declares war on” automatically makes me want to hate this.

  6. acepein2 February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Why wasn’t this issue focused in decades ago? Why so late? Plastic buildup has been an issue since before I was even born.

  7. 21tonFUCKu February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Having worked in a plastics factory, its about damn time this is getting some recognition!

  8. Compl3t3lyInnocent February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    This is good, but I don’t know if it is going to be sufficient.

    Plastics by and large are so cheap to produce that if the market is allowed to decide what is profitable to recycle then they would only recycle a few types and dump the rest and this is exactly what it is doing.

    Even if all plastics must be recycled there is still the problem of mixed and unidentifiable plastics. All consumer plastics and many industrial (not all) have identifiers molded on the plastic. This allows recyclers to identify the plastic for sorting, sale and eventual reuse. Without these identifiers recyclers WILL NOT ACCEPT THEM. We can’t just scoop a bunch of unknown plastics out of the ocean and make things out of them. Different plastics have different properties: melting points, strengths, brittleness, etc. Producing products from unknown mixed plastics is a waste of effort since the product would quickly fall apart or fail if it could be successfully molded in the first place.

    So what do we do with all that plastic? Well we can put them in landfills where they will sit. Even biodegradable plastics require industrial produced conditions to degrade and guess what you can’t do if you can’t identify them? You can’t degrade them. So they will sit there.

    What can we do with plastics that are too cheap to recycle but we can identify them? The west has been exporting waste plastics to southeast Asia where they can be “recycled” more cheaply. I put “recycle” in quotes because it’s no surprise why several of those importing countries, including China, are among the biggest plastic pollution emitters. China has recently announced it will stop importing plastic waste. That doesn’t mean other countries will stop though.

    Plastic waste is affecting all animal life from the tops of the food chain to the very bottom on land, in the sea and in the air. Even plankton are consuming the stuff. Plastics do break down, but they just break down into smaller and smaller pieces until you’re left with the long chain hydrocarbon molecules that still retain all the properties of plastics. It’s tough stuff which is why it’s so useful. But, it’s absolutely devastating to the life it is accumulating inside of their digestive systems or entangling them or maiming them and eventually killing them. When it gets into an animal’s digestive system it may or may not be passed through. If not, it will stay there acting as a barrier until it accumulates to the point that the animal can’t eat enough or digest the food they’re consuming.

    So what is the west going to do since if may not be able to export it’s plastic wastes to other countries for much longer? Well, identifiable plastics can be recycled. This may require surtaxes to make it profitable enough to recycle plastics that have no value beyond their first use. That still leaves us with the problem of unidentifiable plastics. These plastics have absolutely no value for recycling that I’m aware of. Our best and only solution right now is putting them in landfills. There are some techniques using bacteria to break them down, but there is a problem of scale. If you’ve ever dealt with plastics, and I’m sure you have, every piece that breaks off is unidentifiable at your local recycling plant. And every piece that breaks off and doesn’t get put in the trash is a potential problem for every form of animal life on the planet down to the smallest and therefore up to the largest.

    Personally, I believe plastics are a looming problem that is entirely understated and much more imminent than climate change. The only real solution we have right now is to limit usage and incentivize corporations who produce them to own the product for the entirety of its life cycle and that still doesn’t do anything for unidentifiable types of plastic waste or the tiny little bits that break off everywhere from parts, to wrapping, to bags that aren’t worth paying a person to chase down. Fuck, I don’t pick up pennies they’re so worthless. Who the hell is going to pick up that 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch piece of plastic they see on the ground?

    It’s going to be interesting to watch this story develop over the next few years because I think it’s going to have major implications for us in the long run.

  9. wirecats February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Which documentary would that be?

  10. dorkmax February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Honestly, nothing can rally the Commonwealth like a call from the Queen. I always found it interesting, as an American, that from Canada to Australia and back- There still exists a strong allegiance to the Queen.

  11. hellsfoxes February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Man creates plastic. Man declares war on plastic. Classic.

  12. GAZAYOUTH93X February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    **”The Queen Declares War-“** I was like **”Holy Shit! Is She Finally Exercising Some Of Her Power!? On What Country!?”** then I read **”On Plastic”** and I’m like… **”….Oh.”**

  13. Morphie12121 February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    I must admit, beginning the title with “the queen declares war” was a damn good choice by them. Fucking clickbaity bastards.

  14. _sinon_ February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    >Buckingham Palace is currently undergoing a 10 year, £369 million, refurbishment programme which will make the royal residence far more green as well as replacing electrical cabling and heating systems which have not been updated since shortly after the Second World War.

    >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 unito 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.

    Yes! This is awesome. I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of plastic I buy – buying in bulk with my own containers, avoiding processed food, and only going to grocery stores where the produce isn’t wrapped in plastic. I also was at the mall today and noticed that everyone in the food court area was drinking their drinks without straws or plastic tops. The other mall I usually go to also changed the entire food court area so that you can use reusable plates/forks/glasses so that it’s more sustainable. I feel like things are slowly changing. So many people focus on recycling, but I think reducing and reusing is way more valuable.

  15. lolzycakes February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Thank fucking God some government is finally taking this seriously. Plastic is destroying our oceans, and will in turn destroy our planets greatest food resource. Plastic is insanely useful now, but I think our grandkids will be appalled by our irresponsible use of it.

  16. LevyMevy February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    The readers of the Dailymail are going to lose their fucking minds

  17. SpinozaTheDamned February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    When is that lady going to finally dissolve the useless parliment, reestablish the monarchy, and move her country into the future?

  18. engakuis February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Interesting to see royals actually trying to impact on policy!

  19. TOGTFO February 12, 2018 / 6:05 am

    This isn’t surprising in the slightest, [Prince Charles]( is a massive conservationist. He’s the [president of the WWF]( (not the wrestling one) and has done tremendous amount so of work and using his position to promote his ideals in [protecting wildlife and the environment.](

    The only thing about him I don’t like is the [homeopathy bullshit.](

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