The new Nose took over 18 months to develop, following extensive research and testing into suitable plastic-free alternative materials.

The Backstory

In early 2019, Comic Relief received letters and emails from hundreds of school children from across the country, asking them to create a plastic-free Nose to help reduce single-use plastic waste and protect the environment. Hearing their voices encouraged the charity to step up a gear with their sustainability plans.

One school, Fourlanesend Community Primary School in Cornwall, received the backing of Sir David Attenborough when they wrote to him and shared their alternative Red Nose suggestion. Sir David sent them a handwritten letter which said, “you are perfectly correct to revise the question of replacing plastic products wherever we can, and I hope you get an adequate answer from Comic Relief.



Selling Red Noses is a fantastic way to raise money at your school. Pre-order a box now so you’re all set for Red Nose Day.


Buying a Red Nose is a simple and easy way to help change lives here in the UK and around the world. And because of Covid-19, we want to make sure everyone can enjoy their Nose in the safest way possible.

Here are some tips on how best to enjoy your Nose safely:

  • Wash your hands regularly – especially before and after using your Nose.

  • Ensure the Nose is kept in a safe and clean place when not in use.

  • Follow a one nose per Nose rule.

  • There are lots of ways to enjoy your Nose if you don’t wish to wear it on your nose.

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