Boots is set to ban plastic bags and replace them with brown paper carriers, these bags will have strong paper and will be used across 53 stores this week.
As reported by Mailonline the retailer will no longer offer plastic bags at its till in an effort to remove 40 million plastic bags from circulation which will save 900 tons of single-use plastic.
Recycled Brown Paper Bags
The retailer is reportedly set to have brown paper bags in all its 2,485 store by early next year.
All proceeds from the brown paper bags will go to the firm's charity partner BBC Children in Need, with small, medium and large bags sold for 5p, 7p and 10p.
Forest Stewardship Council have certified the recycled brown paper bags and will be printed with water based inks so they can be recycled along with other waste.
Mailonline reported that recent research from Boots customers found that out of the 6,000 surveyed, 92% are concerned about the amount of plastic bags used in the UK.
It also revealed that 94% of the respondents agreed that it is a good idea to move to paper bags.
"We have seen a significant shift in our customers’ attitudes towards plastics and recycling in recent years – there’s never been a more important time to show our customers that we’re taking action to reduce our impact." said Helen Normoyle, marketing director, Boots.
"Plastic waste is undoubtedly one of the most important issues around the world today." said Seb James, chief executive, Boots.
Although Boots do currently stock white paper bags for its healthcare services, made from virgin paper pulp, the company reportedly wants to improve their sustainability by using more recycled content.
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