Retailer Boots has announced that it will be eliminating all plastic bags from its stores by 2020 and replacing them with brown paper bags.
This move is estimated to remove from use 40 million plastic bags annually, equating to 900 tonnes of single-use plastic, said Boots.
The transition will begin today when 53 of Boots’ stores will no longer offer plastic bags, which will then be extended to all 2,485 outlets by early next year.
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Boots has said that it will charge customers for the new unbleached brown bags but will donate all profits to BBC Children in Need.
Charges will be 5p, 7p and 10p, depending on the size of the bag.
Boots managing director Sebastian James said: “Plastic waste is undoubtedly one of the most important issues around the world today with TV shows like Blue Planet highlighting the effects of plastic pollution. The move to unbleached paper bags is another pivotal moment in that journey. There is no doubt that our customers expect us to act and this change signifies a huge step away from our reliance on plastic.”