Boots banning plastic-based wet wipes

By the end of the year, the retailer will not sell any in its stores

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Boots has announced it will ban all plastic-based wet wipes from its stores by the end of this year to help tackle plastic waste and mitigate climate change.

The pharmacy and beauty retailer has revealed these plastic wipes will be replaced with plant-based and biodegradable alternatives to slash its carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Last year, it sold more than 800 million wet wipes, offering more than 140 different options.

A report published last November revealed that wet wipe pollution in the River Thames alone has grown to the size of two tennis courts and more than a metre tall in the last six years.

Change has been called for throughout the retail industry, with Tesco making the decision to ban plastic-based wet wipes last month.

Boots UK Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Ager, said: “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.”

Rebecca Pow, Environment Minister, commented: “This is a really encouraging commitment from Boots to prevent the damaging plastics in wet wipes from entering our environment.”