Prince Harry urges recycling firms to ‘put more pressure’ on big companies to help end plastic waste

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Prince Harry urges recycling firms to ‘put more pressure’ on big companies to help end plastic waste as Meghan praises Moroccan market vendor for not using exotic skins for her purses

  • Duke of Sussex urged recycling firms to put more pressure on big companies
  • Encouraged the end of single use plastic bottles during meeting in Rabat
  • Harry and Meghan were pictured taking a tour of local arts and crafts market
  • They attended event at National Museum of Jewellery in the Andalusian Gardens

Jessica Rach For Mailonline

The Duke of Sussex urged recycling firms to put ‘more pressure’ on big companies to end the manufacture of single-use plastic bottles, during his visit to the Moroccan capital today.

Prince Harry, 34, joined Meghan, 37, for a look around an arts and crafts market in Rabat for the final day of their three-day tour, where they praised a market vendor for not using exotic skins to make her shoes and purses.

The royals then spoke to the boss of a Moroccan company that recycles household products and cooking oil, and Harry said the problem of avoidable waste needed to be tackled at its source.

The duke’s comments came when he and the duchess met entrepreneurs in Morocco, who have started companies aimed at tackling the country’s social, economic and environmental problems.

The event was held at the National Museum of Jewellery in the Andalusian Gardens in the capital Rabat before the couple walked through the green spaces to look at local arts and crafts.

The Duke of Sussex urged recycling firms to put 'more pressure' on big companies to end the manufacture of single-use plastic bottles, during his visit to the Moroccan capital today. Harry and Meghan are seen, above, attending a cooking demonstration in Rabat

The Duke of Sussex urged recycling firms to put ‘more pressure’ on big companies to end the manufacture of single-use plastic bottles, during his visit to the Moroccan capital today. Harry and Meghan are seen, above, attending a cooking demonstration in Rabat

Talking to Youssef Chaqor, who runs a recycling company called Eko-Geste, Harry asked if recycling in Morocco was like other parts of the world, ‘where they think they are recycling but they are not – it ends up being dumped’.

He went on to tell Mr Chaqor: ‘You need to put more pressure on the big companies.’

He said that while big companies might give money to environmental projects, ‘they are still producing single-use plastic bottles’. He added: ‘Go to the source.’

Mr Chaqor’s business recycles used cooking oil into biofuel, and also has a mobile app which helps people recycle household products. The recycling is sold, and the money split between the collector, the company and the household.

Prince Harry, 34, joined Meghan, 37, for a look around an arts and crafts market in Rabat for the final day of their three-day tour, where they praised a market vendor for not using exotic skins to make her shoes and purses

Prince Harry, 34, joined Meghan, 37, for a look around an arts and crafts market in Rabat for the final day of their three-day tour, where they praised a market vendor for not using exotic skins to make her shoes and purses

Prince Harry, 34, joined Meghan, 37, for a look around an arts and crafts market in Rabat for the final day of their three-day tour, where they praised a market vendor for not using exotic skins to make her shoes and purses

Later, the couple toured stands and stopped at a display featuring wallets and shoes made from cured fish skin.

Meghan asked what happened when it got wet, and PhD student Nawal Allaoui replied: ‘It’s waterproof.’

Harry congratulated her on moving away from snakeskin and crocodile skin, while Meghan said: ‘It’s really amazing not to use exotics like that, and instead use something sustainable that would otherwise go to waste.

‘But they still have a fashionable impact.’ 

Harry and Meghan are greeted by Chef Moha Fedal at a cooking demonstration, where children from under-privileged backgrounds learn traditional Moroccan recipes

Harry and Meghan are greeted by Chef Moha Fedal at a cooking demonstration, where children from under-privileged backgrounds learn traditional Moroccan recipes

Harry and Meghan are greeted by Chef Moha Fedal at a cooking demonstration, where children from under-privileged backgrounds learn traditional Moroccan recipes

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex try the food as they attend a cooking demonstration at the Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex try the food as they attend a cooking demonstration at the Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex try the food as they attend a cooking demonstration at the Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat

During their stay in Morocco, Harry and Meghan have already met the couple’s son Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, 15, who is one of the ‘richest teenagers in the world’. It is thought to be the first time that the British royal family have met the future monarch of Morocco. 

Concluding day three of their tour, the parents-to-be then headed to meet Morocco’s King at the monarch’s residence in Rabat on Monday evening.

The Duchess of Sussex stunned in a custom Carolina Herrera gown as she joined her husband for a meeting with King Mohammed VI on the last night of the couple’s Morocco tour. 

Harry and Meghan tried the local pancakes during a tour of the arts and crafts market in the capital Rabat

Harry and Meghan tried the local pancakes during a tour of the arts and crafts market in the capital Rabat

Harry and Meghan tried the local pancakes during a tour of the arts and crafts market in the capital Rabat

The Duchess of Sussex stunned in a custom Carolina Herrera gown as she joined her husband for a meeting with King Mohammed VI on the last night of the couple's Morocco tour

The Duchess of Sussex stunned in a custom Carolina Herrera gown as she joined her husband for a meeting with King Mohammed VI on the last night of the couple's Morocco tour

The Duchess of Sussex stunned in a custom Carolina Herrera gown as she joined her husband for a meeting with King Mohammed VI on the last night of the couple’s Morocco tour

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