THE WHAT? Boots has written to its suppliers across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to remove all wet wipes that contain plastic fibres from its shelves and boots.com by the end of 2022.
THE DETAILS Boots is said to be one of the biggest sellers of wet wipes in the UK with over 140 different lines stocked across skincare, beauty, baby, tissue and health care categories.
According to Steve Ager, Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, Boots UK, “Our customers are more aware than ever before of their impact on the environment, and they areactively looking to brands and retailers to help them lead more sustainable lives.
“We removed plastics from our own brand and No7 wet wipe ranges in 2021, and now we are calling on other brands and retailers across the UK to follow suit in eliminating all plastic-based wet wipes. We all have a responsibility to protect our planet. By joining forces to inspire more positiveaction, we can collectively make a big difference.”
THE WHY? This is the latest move from Boots as part of its aim to become a more sustainable retailer and to help consumers more sustainable choices.
According to Boots the move follows the expansion of its ranges of reusable and refillable alternatives in the last two years, including offering reusable make-up remover pads, cleansing pads, baby reusable wipes and refillable cleansing products.