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Boots is ending the sale of facial tissues by the end of the year as part of the latest plastic ban

The pharmacy chain, which sold more than 800 million wet wipes last year, said it will replace plastic-based wipes with plant-based, biodegradable alternatives

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Boots is one of the UK’s largest retailers of wet wipes

By the end of the year, Boots will stop selling all wet wipes that contain plastic fibers.

The pharmacy chain, which sold more than 800 million wet wipes last year, said it will replace plastic-based wipes with plant-based, biodegradable alternatives.

The move follows Boots, which has reformulated its own range of wipes to remove plastic.

According to the Marine Conservation Society, a large proportion of the 11 billion wet wipes used in the UK each year still contain some form of plastic, and evidence suggests they are the cause of more than nine out of ten blockages in UK sewers .

Boots is one of the UK’s largest sellers of wet wipes, with over 140 different product lines in the skincare, baby, tissue and healthcare categories.

Steve Ager, Chief Customer and Commercial Officer at Boots UK, said: “Our customers are more aware than ever of their impact on the environment and are actively looking for brands and retailers to help them lead more sustainable lives.







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“We removed plastic from our own branded and No7 wipes ranges in 2021 and now we are calling on other brands and retailers across the UK to follow suit and eliminate all plastic based wipes.

“We all have a responsibility to protect our planet. By joining forces to inspire more positive action, together we can make a big difference.”

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Environment Secretary Rebecca Pow said: “This is a really encouraging commitment by Boots to stop the harmful plastics in wet wipes from entering our environment.

“We have already conducted a hearing of evidence on wet wipes, including the possibility of banning those containing plastic.

“In the meantime, our message is clear — you should discard wet wipes, not flush them.”

Sandy Luk, Chief Executive of the Marine Conservation Society, said: “It’s a fantastic step in the right direction for retailers like Boots to remove plastic from their own branded wipes and require all the brands they stock to do the same.

“Our volunteers found almost 6,000 wet wipes during the Great British Beach Clean in September 2021, that’s an average of 12.5 wet wipes per 100 meters of beach surveyed.

“The fact that we still find so many wet wipes on beaches shows that we need to remove plastic from wet wipes and switch to reusable options wherever possible, and it’s great that Boots is committed to this.”

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