As part of its “Green Foreign Ministry” climate initiative, which has been in place since 2010, the ministry has decided that disposable cutlery, such as forks and cups, will be discontinued in their offices. The ministry will also limit the use and distribution of plastic water bottles, opting to distribute insulated water bottles to their staff.
The “Green Foreign Ministry” project initiators, Yaron Reuveni from the Director’s Division and Special Envoy for Climate Change and Sustainability and Ambassador Gideon Bachar, appealed to Israeli embassies around the world to adopt the principles and act on the changes spearheaded in the Israel office.
“We are drowning in disposable plastic and we all see its problematic effects on the cleanliness of the land and our quality of life,” Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg said.
The move comes ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference slated for early November. It will be held in Glasgow, Scotland and is the 26th annual conference thus far.
Plastic waste can take thousands of years to disappear compared to more natural materials that are far less harmful to the environment.