National Trust calls time on single-use plastic

National Trust litter-pickers

The National Trust is all about conservation, so it's great to see the charity making a commitment to sustainability: it has announced it will phase out all single-use plastics at its historic sites by 2022.

All 'throwaway' plastic bottles across its 343 caf├ęs and tea rooms will be replaced with glass, single-use plastic will be removed from its shops, and alternatives sought for its plant nurseries and plant sales areas.

"As an organisation committed to creating and maintaining a healthy and more beautiful natural environment, we are committed to using every opportunity to minimise our use of non-renewable resources and cut down our waste," says Lizzy Carlyle, Head of Environmental Practices at the National Trust.

"The impact single-use plastics have on the natural world is particularly alarming."

The charity says it has already taken action against plastic waste, by swapping 'disposable' cups and cutlery for plant-based biodegradable products, supplying free drinking water as standard in its eateries, using paper and jute bags in its shops and even posting out its members' magazine in a home-compostable potato starch wrap instead of plastic.

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