Now Wil­liam wages war on his ‘en­emy’... plas­tic bot­tles

Scottish Daily Mail - - Daily Mail Campaign - From Re­becca English

PRINCE Wil­liam de­scribed sin­gle-use plas­tic bot­tles as ‘the en­emy’ yes­ter­day in a broad­side against throw­away cul­ture.

On a three-day visit to Kuwait, he said he and his fam­ily re­cy­cled as much as pos­si­ble and his staff had be­come ‘plas­tic free’.

‘I hate plas­tic bot­tles now and I look at them and I lit­er­ally think it’s the en­emy,’ he said at the Jahra na­ture re­serve on the out­skirts of Kuwait City. ‘We have made a dif­fer­ence to the way we live. We’ve made sure when trav­el­ling here we only take our metal bot­tles with us. Lots of metal bot­tles. You see a plas­tic bot­tle and I’m like “eugh!” Hor­ri­ble, isn’t it?’

The prince met young vol­un­teers from a group called Trash Tag Kuwait, who pick up lit­ter – par­tic­u­larly plastics – from the re­serve and other ar­eas. They told Wil­liam they had col­lected 57 sacks of de­tri­tus from one Gulf beach in a day.

‘It must be quite de­mor­al­is­ing for you to be out there all day and then come back and find it all full up again,’ said Wil­liam, 37. ‘It’s amaz­ing you guys are do­ing what you do but we need to do more to stop [the pol­lu­tion] in the first place.

Yousef Al-Shatti, 32, a ge­ol­o­gist replied: ‘It’s a global prob­lem and we were fed up of talk­ing about it and wanted to do some­thing about it.’

The prince ex­am­ined some of the rub­bish, in­clud­ing aerosol cans, col­lected by the vol­un­teers. He told the vol­un­teers about a na­tional lit­ter pick­ing day he had heard about in Malawi, adding: ‘We need a world­wide one, one that hap­pens in ev­ery­one’s coun­try.

‘A lot of peo­ple lead busy lives, we have a quick, fast-paced life but we need to be more con­scious about it in the fu­ture. We all need to shift our mind­set and you guys are part of the so­lu­tion. We’ve got to get on top of it and find solutions to these chal­lenges.’

On the first day of his visit Wil­liam had an au­di­ence with the 90-yearold Emir of Kuwait, with a five­course feast in his hon­our.

Wil­liam in Kuwait yes­ter­day

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