Boots to ban plastic-based wet wipes

by Amy Rohu
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Boots Ireland has committed to remove all wet wipes that contain plastic fibres from its shelves, replacing them with plant based biodegradable alternatives, by the end of  this year, writes Amy Rohu.

 As one of the biggest sellers of wet wipes in the country with over 140 different lines stocked across skincare, baby, tissue and health care categories, this move sends a huge message to suppliers.

With 48 million wet wipes sold every year in its stores and online, Boots Ireland is taking action to eliminate unnecessary plastic and it is calling on others to follow suit.

Last week the company wrote to its suppliers, pledging to remove all wet wipes that contain plastic fibres from its shelves and online by the end of the year. This is the latest move from Boots in its mission to be a more sustainable retailer and to help its customers to make simpler and more sustainable choices.

Andy McQuade, Head of Trading at Boots Ireland, said: “Our customers are more aware than ever before of their impact on the environment, and they are actively looking to brands and retailers to help them lead more sustainable lives.

We removed plastics our own brand and No7 wet wipe ranges in 2021, and now we are calling on other brands and retailers across Ireland 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 positive action, we can collectively make a big difference.”

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