Well known high street retailer Boots UK has joined the war on single-use plastic waste with the introduction of brown paper carrier bags in their stores signifying a huge step away from their reliance on plastic and reducing their plastic usage as a company by over 900 tonnes per year.
Their first store in Wales to make this change has been the Cardiff city centre store and Boots UK aim to ensure that paper bags are available in all of their stores by early 2020. The impact of using different materials will be closely monitored and improvements made accordingly. In addition, all profits from the sale of the brown paper bags will be donated to their charity partner BBC Children in Need, helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across Wales and the UK.
Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies, a relentless campaigner in tackling the scourge of single-use plastics who called for an urgent Debate in the Senedd on the issue, was invited to visit the store to see the new system in action and learn about the company’s eco-innovations.
Following the visit, Mr Irranca-Davies said: “Well done to Boots UK who are taking action to eliminate problematic and unnecessary single-use packaging within their stores. It was good meeting with the staff and hearing about the company’s efforts to be eco-friendly.
Whilst many other well-known companies are also moving to eradicate single-use plastics in their stores, it is not enough. We need a cultural change where we all play our part with sustainable consumption to stop single-use plastic damaging the environment and killing animals.”