Jun 24, 2019

Boots rolls out paper bags after plastics row

BOOTS Health and beauty chain Boots has started to replace plastic bags with brown paper bags in an attempt to cut down on the use of single-use plastic. The new paper bags will initially be available in 53 of its 2,485 stores, with all of Boots' outlets using paper by early 2020. While paper bags require marginally fewer reuses than bags for life to make them more environmentally friendly than single-use plastic bags, they are less durable than other type of bags. Helen Normoyle, director of marketing at Boots UK, said the paper bags "Have been carefully tested to make sure that over their entire life cycle they are better for the environment, whilst still being a sturdy, practical option for customers who haven't bought their own bags with them when shopping". The change to paper bags - which are made from recycled brown paper and printed with water-based inks - is intended to remove 900 tonnes of plastic from Boots' store operations each year.

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