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Boots UK backs pledge to reduce avoidable single use plastics in the NHS

16 October 2019
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Boots UK has today announced that it is backing a call by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens to dramatically cut the amount of single-use plastics in hospitals.

The pledge is part of a package of measures in the NHS Long Term Plan to reduce the environmental impact of the health service, and aims to cut up to 100 million single-use plastic items from NHS catering facilities each year.

For 170 years, Boots has demonstrated its commitment to reduce plastic and has committed to eliminate plastic straws and single-use cutlery from its 14 hospital stores with an on-the-go-food offering.

Sebastian James, Managing Director, Boots UK and ROI said: “Plastic waste continues to be one of the most important issues around the world today and for many years Boots has been actively working to reduce the impact we have on the environment. We’re pleased to support the NHS plastics pledge, which will massively reduce plastic waste and make hospitals healthier for patients and colleagues.”


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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.

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*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023