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Boots switches to organic cotton products

Sophie Smith
15 November 2022

Boots has switched its own-brand cotton wool products to organic alternatives to help customers make "simpler, more sustainable choices at no extra cost".

The Global Organic Textiles Standard certified material means that the organic cotton is farmed without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilisers, sustaining the health of soils and the environment. This supports cotton farmers, allowing them to grow additional crops alongside cotton.

Organic cotton farming can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as delivering a number of other environmental, human health and social benefits.

John Sweeney, Head of Product Sustainability at Boots, said: “In total, Boots sells over 10 million cotton wool products across its beauty and baby ranges each year, so this is a really important move.

"It takes into account the entire supply chain and ultimately benefits the cotton farmers and in turn their families and the local community. What’s even better is that we’re doing this at no extra cost to our customers, helping make organic cotton wool easily accessible for anyone who wants to make this sustainable switch for the good of others and the planet.”

The move marks Boots’ latest sustainability commitment after pledging to remove all wipes containing plastic fibres from its shelves by the end of 2022 and removing all unnecessary plastic from its 2022 Christmas gifting range. Boots' Christmas range is also the retailer's most affordable ever, introducing a series of initiatives to help consumers amid the cost-of-living crisis.

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