The Prince of Wales Attempts to Save the World’s Resources
The Prince of Wales is often in the news. He’s an outspoken critic of modern architecture, but he’s also passionate about the environment.
Prince Charles has a long record of supporting all things green. In 2007, he was included in Time magazine’s list of Heroes of the Environment. He has his own organic farm, Duchy Home Farm, which he started in 1986. And he’s set up a firm called Duchy Originals which sells organic food (including biscuits and soups) made with produce from his farm. All profits from the company are given to charity. “He is, in private, really one of the most forwardthinking, radical humanitarians I have ever talked to,” said Alice Waters, an organic food supplier.
The prince’s latest project is START. The aim of START is to help people lead more sustainable lives, and to show what a more energy-eficient, cleaner and healthier future could look like. As part of the project, the prince went on a train journey around Britain to promote it, travelling on the bio-fuel powered Royal Train, taking his message to communities from Glasgow to London.
As part of the launch for START, the prince also held a garden party at Clarence House – his residential home. The 12-day festival, focused on sustainable living, energy eficiency and innovative eco-architecture. There were more than 100 exhibits with tips on growing fruit and vegetables, sewing your own clothes, and building an eco-house. Some of the other ideas were unusual to say the least. One company with a stand at the party was offering woollen cofins.
They are all made from British wool, sourced from sheep farmers across the country; and they cost between £600 and £800. Prince Charles is said to support the idea because wool is a natural, sustainable and biodegradable material, and also because the material comes from British sheep, so it’s supporting local farmers.
The prince is also promoting the use of second-hand clothes. In a recent interview with Vogue magazine, he urged readers to wear more recycled clothes and natural fabrics to reduce waste and conserve the world’s resources. He wrote, “On the whole, the older some things are, the more comfortable and familiar they become; they can even be adapted to look new in a different context. For example, someone has been imaginative enough to make sets of cuff links out of the previous engine from my 40-year-old Aston Martin and to sell them in aid of my Trust for young people. I even have a pair of shoes made from bales of leather salvaged from an eighteenth-century wreck of the southwest of Britain. They are totally indestructible and will see me out.”
What a green prince!