Boots to remove 149 tonnes of plastic from Christmas gift ranges

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With just 10shopping days left until Christmas, Boots has announced that they have removed 149 tonnes of plastic from their own-brand gift ranges this year, which is the equivalent to 11 double decker buses.

With many shoppers planning to order presents online this Christmas, Boots will also be reducing the plastic packaging used in deliveries by 76% as of 4th November by removing bubble wrap, plastic parcel tape and delivery bags, saving 136 tonnes of plastic every year. Boots will endeavour to be 100% plastic free in online deliveries by the end of 2020.

Earlier this year, Boots also became the first national pharmacy, health and beauty retailer in the UK to move to unbleached (brown) paper carrier bags as standard.

Liz Hewitt, senior seasonal buying managing at Boots UK, said: “Sustainability has always been important to us and we’re always listening to our customers who really care about the environment and the impact products can have on it. We signed up to the UK Plastics Pact back in 2018 to help further tackle plastic waste and make a fundamental change in the way we design, produce, use, re-use, dispose and reprocess plastics. We’ve also introduced more sustainable Christmas gifting ranges, such as Fearne Cotton Happy Place; it’s vegan-friendly, completely free of secondary plastic, and the outer packaging is 100% recyclable. We’re already working closely with our brand and supplier partners to make sure we’re in an even better position next year too.”