In an effort to tackle the issue of hygiene poverty in the UK, Boots has officially partnered with The Hygiene Bank. Donation points will be placed in 25 of the high street retailer’s stores across the country, where customers can drop off personal hygiene products and toiletries, which will then be collected by The Hygiene Bank and distributed to local charities across the UK.
The Hygiene Bank says: ‘We are a movement of people who believe being clean is not a privilege or a luxury. Our network of hygiene banks exist to support people in crisis and those struggling on low income, while at the same time working to inspire social change.’
So what exactly can go in the collection bins? Anything goes in terms of brand, so it doesn’t necessarily have to have been purchased from Boots, and as long as it’s a personal care or toiletry item that is new, unused and in-date, it’s welcomed.
It’s useful to note the most in-demand products: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, deodorant, nappies, baby toiletries, shaving foam, and razors. But a wide range of products can also be helpful, from make-up and skincare items to period products and washing powders – you can get more information on what you can and can’t donate on The Hygiene Bank website.
‘According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, one in five people in the UK are living in poverty, two thirds are working families who just can’t make ends meet, having to regularly choose between eating, paying rent, heating the home, or buying the basics that many of us take for granted,’ said Lizzy Hall, founder of the Hygiene Banks.
‘The partnership with Boots — one of the UK’s best loved and trusted retailers — will not only give us a platform to raise awareness about the hidden issue of hygiene poverty, but will allow communities across the UK to easily get involved by donating the daily essentials.’
Whether you feel like picking up an extra item or two while stocking up your own bathroom cabinet or you find you have surplus toiletries at home, this is a great way to make sure everyone has access to basic hygiene and cleanliness, something many of us take for granted.
The bins will pop up in a selection of stores up and down the country during this initial trial period starting today, but if all goes to plan Boots are hoping to roll out the collection points to more stores. For now, here’s where you will be able to find participating stores.
Boots stores with Hygiene Bank donation points
- Ashford, Kent
- D90 Staff Shop, Nottingham
- Liverpool Street Station, London
- London, Covent Garden
- Nottingham Victoria Centre
- Sheffield Meadowhall
- St Albans