Boots cuts down on plastic prescription bags

Latest

Boots cuts down on plastic prescription bags

In Latest

Boots UK has begun phasing in compostable pharmacy bags for repeat prescription deliveries as part of a drive to drastically cut back on its reliance on plastic.

The company began using the bags, which are made with potato starch and can be used as a bin liner for food waste, at its Preston dispensing hub in early November. It said that by next March more than 10 million prescription bags a year would be made with the new material.

The company said earlier this year that the Preston facility currently dispenses roughly 10 per cent of its 220 million annual prescriptions.

Criticism of Boots’ continued use of plastic prescription bags was widely reported earlier this year.

Moving towards plastic-free deliveries

The introduction of compostable bags forms part of a Boots initiative to reduce plastic use by around 1,300 tonnes each year.

Measures to date have included switching to brown paper bags as standard in its stores, removing 149 tonnes of plastic from its own-brand Christmas gift ranges and reducing plastic packaging used in deliveries by 76 per cent as of early November.

The company said its ambition was to be completely plastic-free in its online deliveries by the end of 2020.

Boots UK director of pharmacy Richard Bradley said: “At the start of this year, our customers told us they didn’t want to receive their medicines in plastic bags and we have been testing alternative materials for some time.

“So, we are thrilled that our new compostable bags allow us to continue to deliver medicines to patients in a way that is safe, clean and dry, while helping to reduce our reliance on conventional plastic.”

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Boots opens flu jab bookings as demand soars

Boots says it has opened bookings for its winter flu jab service amid reports of soaring demand. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

E-cig loophole puts minors at risk, Government told

A charity criticises the government for failing to close a loophole allowing companies to hand out free e-cigarettes to under-18s. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Drug companies fined £260m for "excessive and unfair" price hikes to hydrocortisone tablets over a 10 year period.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

RPS calls for action on women's health inequalities

Action is needed to reduce the inequalities faced by women when accessing health services, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

IBS sufferers worried about return to workplace

People with irritable bowel syndrome are anxious about lockdown easing and the prospect of going back to the workplace contributing to their symptoms.

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Locate a Locum Learning launched

Locate Learning launches today, increasing members access to extensive learning library.

1 Min Article

Recommended Learning

Sponsored education

The person behind the patient

This interactive video will introduce three patients with erection problems (EPs) and ask you to work out what the causes might be and how you can help.

4 Min Module

Sponsored education

Acute diarrhoea: effective symptom management

This module busts the myths surrounding diarrhoea treatments and explores the products available OTC so you can recommend the right treatment.

10 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Indigestion update

Update your knowledge on indigestion with this short video and discover a new dual-action product you can recommend.

3 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Treating acid reflux and heartburn in the pharmacy

Understand how omeprazole 20mg works to treat heartburn and acid reflux symptoms

2 Min Module

Sponsored education

7 steps to tackling children's allergy

Work through this new-style module to increase your confidence in reassuring parents of children with allergies, and know what advice and products to recommend

8 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Oral rehydration: a pharmacy guide

Understand the important role oral rehydration products play in helping prevent dehydration after illness

5 Min Module