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World Environment Day 2023: Making sustainable shopping second nature for customers

05 June 2023
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This World Environment Day 2023we are celebrating the progress made since we launched ourBe More sustainable edit on two years ago, helping more customers to easily shop with sustainability in mind with a curated edit of products with one or more of the following attributes: plastic-free, recycled, re-usable, vegan and cruelty free. 

Sustainability is an important shopping criterion for many, with the sustainable edit seeing an increase of 37% more visits year on year. The five-category edit offers over 1,000 environmentally friendly beauty and everyday bathroom sustainable swaps with prices starting from just £1, including Boots’ cotton wool range which has been replaced with a 100% GOTs Certified organic alternative, and bio-degradable, plastic free wipes, at no extra cost to customers. 

Natalie Gourlay, Head of ESG at Boots UK, said:“At Boots, we believe that a healthy community needs a healthy planet. We strive to help our customers to make decisions that are informed, and the five category Boots Be More Edit helps them to make their decisions with ease. We’re always looking for more sustainable product options and ways of reducing our impact on the planet and together with our customers, we hope to inspire positive action and encourage little swaps that make a big difference. 

Boots has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to operating as a socially responsible business and reducing the impact on the environment for over 170 years, however providing sustainable beauty options isn’t the only way Boots is helping customers do their bit for the planet.  

The Recycle at Boots scheme which launched in 2021, encourages customers to bring back their empty, hard-to-recycle health, beauty and wellness products, in return for a reward. Simply by recycling five hard-to-dispose of beauty products such as mascaras and lipstick tubes, whilst spending £10 in a participating store, they receive 500 Advantage Card points, worth £5. 

So far, customers have recycled over 1.5 million products through the scheme equating to 54 metric tons of plastic. 

The Be More sustainable edit is a permanent feature which can be found on 

Top picks of the ‘Be More’ edit include: 

Be More… Plastic-free 

Meets Boots zero plastic packaging criteria for primary and secondary packaging. Packaging is recyclable. 

Beauty Kitchen Raw Inventions 0% Plastic Eco Glitter Balm, £9.50 
The sustainable sparkle: Plastic-free shimmer and sparkle for face, lips, body or hair. 


Be More... Recycled 

Contains at least 30 percent recycled plastic content and/or are recyclable via most kerbside recycling collections. 

Beauty Kitchen The Sustainables Citrus Burst Organic Vegan Soap Bar 120g, £7  
This 99% naturally derived conditioner will leave your hair nourished and your mind relaxed, whilst knowing the bottle is 100% recycled and recyclable.  


Be More… Re-usable 

Designed for re-use or re-fill.

Face Halo Make Up Remover Pad - Original - Single Pack, £7 
The award-winning cult makeup remover that just requires water, replacing up to 500 traditional make up wipes.  


Be More… Vegan 

Vegan-friendly, meaning they don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients. 

Weleda Lavender Bath Milk Vegan 200ml, £15.75

The multi-award-winning Weleda Lavender Bath Milk is the ideal therapy for depletion, over-stimulation and restlessness. Free from synthetic fragrances and suitable for vegans. 

Be More… Cruelty-free
Don’t test any ingredients on animals at any point during the development process. Certified by Cruelty Free International. 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 100ml Starter Kit, £19.50 
The iconic cleanser – enriched with sustainably sourced cocoa butter – deeply cleanses to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make up. Use with the sustainably manufactured reusable cotton cloth. 




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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