Boots to ditch plastic bags in all stores by next year. In a bid to tackle single-use plastic pollution and become more sustainable, Boots are removing their use of plastic bags and swapping them for paper ones.
The new initiative means that Boots will become the first pharmacy in the UK to move to using unbleached brown paper bags.
Seb James, Managing Director of Boots UK, said in a statement: “Plastic waste is undoubtedly one of the most important issues around the world today with TV shows like Blue Planet highlighting the effects of plastic pollution. This year, we are transforming Boots as we celebrate 170 years, and the move to unbleached paper bags is another pivotal moment in that journey. There is no doubt that our customers expect us to act and this change signifies a huge step away from our reliance on plastic.”
The brand said the change will remove over 900 tonnes of plastic from Boots stores each year.
The move has already started in 53 Boots stores across the UK, with a roll out to all 2,485 stores by early 2020.
The bags are printed with water-based inks, making them easily biodegradable.
Director of Marketing at Boots, Helen Normoyle said: “We have seen a significant shift in our customers’ attitudes towards plastics and recycling in recent years – there’s never been a more important time to show our customers that we’re taking action to reduce our impact.
‘Our new paper bags have been carefully tested to make sure that over their entire life cycle they are better for the environment, whilst still being a sturdy, practical option for customers who haven’t bought their own bags with them when shopping.
Boots to ditch plastic bags in all stores by next year