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Boots celebrates 365 days of eliminating plastic carrier bags

24 June 2020
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Today Boots UK is proudly celebrating the 1-year anniversary of its unbleached (brown) paper carrier bags.

On the 24 June 2019, Boots became the first national pharmacy, health and beauty retailer in the UK to move to unbleached (brown) paper carrier bags as standard, replacing the plastic bags across its 2,465* stores by early 2020. 

The brown paper carrier bags are made from unbleached, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified recycled brown paper, which is printed with water-based inks so the bags can be easily recycled at home. Sourced and manufactured in the UK, the bags display the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) standard, which helps consumers to recycle correctly and more often.

Customers can purchase a small, medium or large paper carrier bag for 5p, 7p, or 10p. Any profits are donated to Boots long-term charity partner, BBC Children in Need, to support disadvantaged children across the UK and so far, £129,928.47** has been raised for the children's charity.

Morag Punton, Head of CSR, Boots UK, said: “Plastic waste is an important environmental issue that the world faces today, and we recognise the active role that Boots can play in reducing its reliance on plastic. For 171 years, Boots has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to operating as a responsible business, so we’re delighted to have reached this important milestone.”



* Figures as of August 31, 2019 excluding equity method investments

** For the year ending 6 April 2020




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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024