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Boots to turn 86,000* plastic bottles per year into its own brand, eco-friendly tights

26 February 2020
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Boots UK becomes one of the first retailers to bring tights made from plastic bottles to the high street. A fantastic example of innovative green technology, they are made from plastic bottles and are just as comfortable and durable as regular nylon tights.

Available to buy online now at and in select stores from the 16 March, the NEW black opaque tights will help customers find those everyday fashion buys that are a little kinder to the planet.

To make each pair of high quality and sustainable tights, around four plastic bottles are shredded into micro-particles, melted down and spun into yarn. The yarn is then knitted to produce comfortable and durable tights that stand the test of time and use no nylon.

This is just another step Boots is taking to become more environmentally friendly. Over the last year Boots has switched from plastic to paper bags, introduced refillable water stations in some stores and now stocks over 150 sustainable products.

The eco-friendly tights will be available in four different sizes (S,M,L,XL) in 80 denier and are priced at £8.50.

*86,000 bottles figure is based on number of bottles that go into each tight made and sales projection for the year


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 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 30 November 2023