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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 UK is the largest pharmacy-led health and beauty chain in the UK and its purpose is to champion everyone’s right to feel good. With over 2,200 stores and a team of around 51,000 colleagues, of which approximately 5,600 are registered pharmacists, the Boots brand has been at the heart of local communities across the UK since 1849. Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care and being the first choice for pharmacy, beauty, healthcare and wellness, alongside offering its innovative portfolio of product brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin.

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