Sustainability & The Environment at Booths
Responsible business practices are integral to Booths and we’re constantly striving to be a more sustainable and environmentally friendly retailer. You can find out more information about what we’re doing right now, how you can help us, and our plans for the future below.
We are currently in the process of phasing out plastic cutlery in store, both for takeaway counter products and inside our Booths branded pre-packaged food to go options such as salads and prepared fruit, with the aim of the end of April 2019 for completion. Instead, customers will be able to request 100% compostable wooden cutlery if required from our kiosks in store. This change will prevent over 500,000 pieces of plastic cutlery from being used each year within Booths.
How can you help? Carry your own reusable cutlery with you, or request wooden cutlery from our kiosks in store.
We are phasing out our plastic loose produce bags and replacing them with compostable loose produce bags at all stores. Once stock of the plastic ones is gone it’s gone. The switch will see us reduce the amount of plastic bags used in produce by 6.7million bags per year.
We’re in talks with our suppliers to change our pre-packed options to include less plastic waste and more recyclable materials.
We’ve introduced a 100% cotton reusable fruit and veg net, which customers can purchase in store and reuse time and time again for loose produce.
How can you help? Bring reusuable loose produce bags with you each time you visit, or choose to use no bags at all (we just ask that you keep your items in separate piles, to help our checkout colleagues).
We’ve switched our soft drink options in the café fridges over to glass bottles and cans rather than plastic bottles, both of which are easily recyclable. Some key reasons for our switch are that glass and aluminum are 100% recyclable and can be recycled almost indefinitely. They also do not release small particles into the environment as plastic does.
As of April 2019 we are phasing out plastic straws in our cafes, these will be replaced with paper ones.
We are phasing out the 5p plastic carrier bags from sale in our stores, once our stock has gone, they will no longer be on sale. This will save at least 3 million plastic bags per year from going into the environment.
You can buy fabric reusable bags in store at a Booths cardholder discount, and you can also buy our new plastic bag for life, made from 90% recycled plastic and manufactured here in the UK.
How can you help? Bring your reusuable carrier bags with you each time you visit.
We’ve changed our Booths cardholder hot drink benefit so that free takeaway hot drinks are only available to cardholders who bring a reusable 12oz cup with them, to discourage use of disposable cups. Based on 12 months previous usage this will see a reduction in the number of non-recyclable cups by more than 2.5million per year. We are working on a more sustainable disposable cup solution, including providing recycling collection points in stores for the cups after use and facilitating their collection and transportation to the right recycling facility. We want to find the most effective long term solution both for the environment and for Booths which unfortunately takes time.
How can you help? Bring your 12oz reusuable hot drink cup with you each time you visit.
Questions? Tap here for a full hot drink FAQ.
We have entered into a partnership with Bio Bean, who collect used coffee grounds from our cafés and coffee machines. Bio Bean then recycle the grinds and turn them into ‘coffee logs’ which are eco heat logs used for wood burners, stoves and open fires. Soon we will be buying back the coffee logs to be sold in Booths stores.
Currently Bio Bean collect from a select number of stores and since August 2018 we have returned 6.6 tonnes of coffee which previously would have gone into ground fill. The plan is to roll this out to all stores over the next 12 months.
Booths Branded Products and Palm Oil
Booths introduced a new brand standard in 2017 on the use of palm oil within their Booths branded product range. All of our Booths brand products containing palm oil must be accurately labelled as such and Booths Brand requires suppliers who use palm oil or derivatives of in products to source material from RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) members. Oil must only use fully traceable RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.
We are working to a target of 2020 for all products to be in line with this policy.
Is That All?
It certainly isn’t! We’re currently hard at work pulling together our plans for the future, and more information about what we’re doing right now to make Booths a more sustainable retailer. As we have more information for you, we’ll update this page, so keep checking back.