Only days after The Queen announced that single-use plastics would be banned from Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles has followed.
In a statement posted on the Clarence House Twitter account, Highgrove Enterprises, announced the same ban by the end of 2018.
Christine Prescott, CEO at Highgrove Enterprises, said: “As a business we have always strived to operate as sustainably as possible. Since opening our first Highgrove shop we have only ever used FSC approved paper shopping bags and have always kept packaging to a minimum. We are continuously making improvements to our environmental practices and this latest step is an important one in reducing our environmental impact still further.
“Unfortunately, the use of plastic to protect goods from damage is systemic in manufacturing, with products often delivered already pre-packaged by the manufacturer. We will be working closely with our suppliers over the course of the year to ensure we achieve our goals and eliminate the use of non-recyclable single use plastic packaging from our product ranges.”
Prince Charles has long championed environmental causes, just last month giving a speech on the damage being done by plastics in the ocean.
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During a meeting at the International Sustainability Unit, the heir to the throne said: “The nightmare result of eight million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean every year is set to get worse rather than better…We cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue… I do fervently pray that you will all do your utmost to work together in the coming year to make real, substantial progress. It could not be more critical that you succeed.”
Continuing, he added: “Over the last few years, the awareness and science about the negative impacts of plastic waste in our ocean have grown significantly,”
Highgrove Enterprises operates garden tours at Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s private residence in Gloucestershire to raise money for The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. So far they have raised £6.6 million to date.