Prince William Calls Single-Use Plastic Bottles ‘the Enemy’

Prince William has always been a conservationist at heart, but now the 37-year-old Duke of Cambridge is teeing off against the single largest “enemy” to our environment.

Yesterday, during his three-day tour of Kuwait, Prince William visited the Jahra nature reserve in Kuwait City. There, he met young volunteers from a group called Trash Tag Kuwait, who join together to pick up trash and plastic around the city. During their chat, the group informed Prince William that they once collected 57 bags of trash from a beach in a single day. That’s a lot.

According to the Daily Mail, the Duke of Cambridge told them, “It must be quite demoralizing for you to be out there all day and then come back and find it all full up again.” He added, “It’s amazing you guys are doing what you do but we need to do more to stop [the pollution] in the first place.”

He went on to explain how he really feels about single-use plastic water bottles, saying, “I hate plastic bottles now and I look at them and I literally think it’s the enemy.”

William noted that his staff is officially plastic-free and he and his family, including his wife Kate Middleton and their three children, Prince George (6), Princess Charlotte (4) and Prince Louis (1), recycle as much as they can.

Impassioned, the prince also said, “We have made a difference to the way we live. We’ve made sure when traveling here we only take our metal bottles with us. Lots of metal bottles…You see a plastic bottle and I'm like ‘Ugh!’ Horrible, isn’t it?”

Together, Prince William and the Trash Tag Kuwait group suggested that a world-wide cleanup day be instituted so everyone can pitch in.

If anyone can make it happen, it’s definitely the royals.

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