October 19th, 2016

Earth’s Choice Helps Tackle Waste With State-of-the-Art Omnidegradable Coffee Bags.

Earths Choice Biodegradable Coffee Bag

For coffee lovers, keeping beans fresh has always meant sacrificing some waste to the environment. Coffee bags must provide a shelf-stable barrier to oxygen and moisture, while providing a one-way valve to release naturally occurring CO2 from the roasted coffee.

That means most coffee bags are made from plastic that will last for thousands of years in our landfills – or worse, in the natural environment.

In line with their philosophy of offering sustainable products at a reasonable price point, Earth’s Choice wanted to make a better packaging choice.

So they selected a bag from TekPak solutions, made with Organic Compound Plastic (OCP) designed to break down in any environment where microbes are present – landfill, oceans, soil – eventually leaving only water, CO2 and a tiny percentage of organic matter.

Earths Choice Coffee London Drtugs biodegradable bag Green Deal Sustainability ProductEarth’s Choice says the bag is currently the only one of this type in Canada, and will decompose in less than 5 years in any post-consumer facility. (Standard coffee bags on the market can remain in a landfill for over 500 years, or multiple generations)

This packaging material complies with ASTM standards for biodegradability, and the TekPak website also has a lot of interesting information on different kinds of plastics, degradable and otherwise.

Unfortunately, the bag won’t yet break down as fast as the coffee grounds themselves, but it’s definitely a big step in the right direction. Add that to its organic and fair trade certification, and that makes Earth’s Choice a great choice when you are looking for your next green caffeine fix.

October 18th, 2016

Battery Salad? Don’t try this at home!


Of course no one should ever consider eating a battery. Though sometimes it is tempting to just throw old household batteries in the trash – after all they hardly take up any space.

Don’t let their size fool you! As this parody video illustrates, batteries (even the small watch-sized ones) contain toxins that we definitely do not want to bury in landfill. Because anything that goes into our environment can ultimately end up in our own food chain.

Recycling batteries is as easy as a trip to your local London Drugs.

We will accept alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries, button batteries, computer batteries, cell phone batteries, camera batteries – just not car batteries!

And all that battery recycling adds up. In an average year, our customers recycle about 43,000 kilograms of batteries.

That’s a lot of toxins saved from tossing.


October 3rd, 2016

London Drugs Medicine Hat diverts 666lbs of waste from landfill in one weekend, with an impactful car-seat recycling event.

London Drugs Kids Car Seat Recycling Event Waste Reduction

On October 1st and 2nd, the citizens of Medicine Hat and surrounding areas did their community proud, bringing a total of 74 car seats in to their Local London Drugs for recycling. It was all part of a special Kids’ Car Seat and Drug Round Up Event, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, The City of Medicine Hat, KidSeat Recyclers and Safety City.

London Drugs Car Seat Recycling Alberta Free Recycling EventThere is usually a $10 recycling levy to process the car seats, but this amount was offset with a $10 London Drugs Gift Card, rewarding those who made the effort to recycle beyond the blue box. (Some folks made the effort from as far away as Saskatchewan!) Safety City added even more value with free car seat safety inspections.

Driving more awareness of keeping old and expired medications out of our landfills and water systems is also extremely important. Remember that you can bring old medications in to your London Drugs Pharmacist for proper disposal and recycling at any time.

If you missed the event and still have an old car seat cluttering up your garage, visit the KidSeat Recyclers web page and find out how you can recycle it right.

The Medicine Hat team has shown us all how – they are the REAL Green Deal!

September 22nd, 2016

London Drugs’ Cory Muir takes to the TV airwaves to talk recycling and the Regina Grasslands Fall Recycle Event .

London Drugs Manager Cory Muir talks Recycling

We are always very proud and excited when one of our own dedicated LD team members takes their passion for ‘green’ to the next level. This week it was Store Manager Cory Muir making an appearance on CTV’s Morning Live Regina, with a table full of recycling sidekicks.

What you can recycle at London DrugsCory was highlighting some of the most important recyclables to keep out of landfill, including batteries, plastic bags and CFL light bulbs. He also wanted everyone in the Regina area to know about the first annual Fall Recycle event being held at our Grasslands store on September 24th.
“We are calling out to our customers to search the garage and basement for any item we recycle,” says Muir, “We will have a person from the city of Regina at our event to talk about the blue curb side recycle bins, specifically what can be placed in the bins and how customers can recycle other items at our store.”

That’s particularly important with some of the items people may not remember to recycle.

“A lot of people forget to recycle the small things, small appliances, batteries, light bulbs and Brita water filters to name a few, and unfortunately these end up in landfills,” Muir continues. He encourages everyone to gather up their recyclables and come on down. “We have had all sorts of items come in; old wooden console TV’s; VCR tapes; and from what we understand we are also one of the few places in Saskatchewan that takes microwaves for recycling.”
So if you live in the Regina area, come say hello. And bring down some recyclables of your own.

1st Annual Fall Recycle Event

Saturday September 24th, 1-4PM

London Drugs Grasslands – 4800 Gordon Rd, Regina (306) 949-1986

What to Bring:

  • TV’s
  • VCR’s
  • Computers
  • Small appliances
  • Printers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Light Bulbs
  • Plastic Bags
  • Cell Phones
  • Small Electronics
  • Wires, Cords & Chargers
  • Hard plastics
  • Coat hangers
  • Printer cartridges
  • And more! Here’s a complete list of what we recycle


September 22nd, 2016

LD Gibsons Blue Crew Hits The Backroads to Tackle Illegal Trash.

London Drugs Gibsons Cleanup

On Saturday, September 17th the LD Gibsons ‘Blue Crew’ again participated in the annual  ‘Backroad Trash Bash’ hosted by the Sunshine Coast Regional District. This is a community event where groups of volunteers get together to clean up illegal dump sites in our local forests. It’s a great opportunity for us to get out in the outdoors, do something good, and to demonstrate how we ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to our commitment to the environment.

London Drugs Gibsons CleanupWe had a much bigger crew this year thanks to some family of some of our staff coming out (one of our families had three generations out for the event!)

The Blue Crew team removed a total of 870 kg of illegally dumped waste from our forests! Overall the Trash Bash event cleaned up 2.7 tonnes of garbage from 19 illegal dump sites.

London Drugs Gibsons CleanupHUGE thanks to all the intrepid Trash Bashers that braved the downpour to participate in this worthy cause. Also, a shout-out to the Gibsons Lions Club for providing lunch for the volunteers. (On reusable plates too! Bonus points for #ZeroWaste!)

September 21st, 2016

Congratulations to our own Cedric Tetzel for his Clean50 award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to sustainability

tetzel-cedricclean50_20151_main_logo-300x92Cedric Tetzel, Computer Merchandise Manager for London Drugs, has been pivotal in creating positive change and policies that benefit the environment and our customers, and was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean 50 – a Canadian leader in sustainability.

London Drugs is celebrating a record 93% reduction in waste going to landfills chain wide and the environmental journey continues. Cedric must be applauded for his exemplary contributions to London Drugs’ four-pillar sustainable strategy encompassing waste reduction, sustainable energy and operations, upstream buying and education and communication.

Cedric is also responsible for the leading position London Drugs takes on its electronics purchasing, ensuring that components sourced for our Certified Data line and other London Drugs products meet the RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) designation even though they are not required by law to do so. (Learn more in our ‘Better Choices’ video below, starring Cedric himself!)

Thank you to Clean50 for recognizing Cedric for his work at London Drugs as well as at the Alberta Recycling Management Authority, where he has served as a Director for the past eight years. Clean50 will be honouring Cedric for his thought leadership and actions at an event later this month where he will also receive a coveted “Maple Leaf forever tree” plaque.

Congratulations, Cedric! You are the REAL Green Deal!

September 15th, 2016

Looking for a more soothing natural remedy? Traditional Medicinals might be your cup of tea.

Traditional Medicinals tea natural remeby

Wisdom of the ages says that a good cup of tea can cure what ails you. Traditional Medicinals tales that a step further, with tea blends that are actually licensed Natural Health Products – meaning they’re recognized as safe and effective over-the-counter remedies.

Here are just some of the health issues these teas are designed to help with:

  • Insomnia
  • Lactation
  • Detox
  • Digestion
  • Relaxation
  • Appetite
  • Regularity
  • Sore Throat
  • Cold & Flu Symptoms

When looking for a tea with verified health benefits, look for a Natural Product Number (NPN) prominently displayed.

According to the Traditional Medicinals website, the health claims on their tea boxes are supported by evidence, which may include evidence of traditional use, clinical trial data or published studies.

ChamomileTo meet the strict Natural Health Product  licensing requirements, they must ensure that herbs used meet the high standard of pharmacopoeial grade – ensuring the quality and the correct effect for their intended purpose.

Each herb has its own quality standard to ensure optimal activity, such as high essential oil content, the right amount of bitterness, or a specific level of active compounds. The result is tea that has power.

Sustainability is continuously brewing.

The variety of plants used in Traditional Medicinal blends is fascinating. Beginning with Chamomile (good for calming the nervous system and indigestion) you can scroll through 11 of the most popular plants on the Traditional Medicinals website and learn more about where each is grown and what its properties are.(Here’s a link to learn more about the harvesting of Slippery Elm Bark for the Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat blend)

So next time your throat tickles, you can’t sleep or you’ve eaten too many kale chips, consider a warm cup of tea. Or just drink it for the pure taste of it all. Either way, Traditional Medicinals is the REAL Green Deal.

August 10th, 2016

London Drugs and MMBC Launch Expanded Soft Plastic & Styrofoam Recycling Program in Vancouver

Kevin Sorby, General Manager, Retail Operations, London Drugs, Allen Langdon, Managing Director of MMBC

Starting August 1, recycling plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging in Vancouver will be as simple as a trip to London Drugs.

This expands our usual Bring Back the Pack program, where customers can bring back packaging from any purchases they make at London Drugs (this is available at ALL London Drugs Stores) Now, for the next year, no matter where the material came from, anyone can return the following soft plastics and foam packaging to 11 Vancouver stores:

  • Plastic bags and overwrap, including grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, outer bags for diapers etc.
  • White and coloured plastic foam packaging, (Styrofoam™) including foam meat trays, foam egg cartons and foam cushion packaging for electronics etc.

This MMBC Soft Plastics Recycling Program will be available at the following stores:

    • London Drugs Store #2, Granville & Georgia
London Drugs Store #4, Broadway & Cambie
    • London Drugs Store #7, East Hastings
London Drugs Store #10, Kerrisdale
London Drugs Store #19, Robson St
    • London Drugs Store #28, 3328 Kingsway
London Drugs Store #50, Davie St
London Drugs Store #53, 41st & Victoria
    • London Drugs Store #74, Broadway & Vine
London Drugs Store #78, Hastings & Abbott
    • London Drugs Store #82, Olympic Village.

So if you live in Vancouver, go through your closets, save up that plastic and Styrofoam and bring it back to your local London Drugs. Let’s show the rest of BC what a difference we can make!

Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is partnering with London Drugs to offer this convenient option, and this one-year pilot program will be evaluated for potential introduction in other parts of the province in the future.

“MMBC’s partnership with London Drugs will increase access to consistent and convenient recycling of plastics and packaging for Vancouver residents,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director of MMBC. “Our aim is to make recycling easier and ensure we divert more material away from landfills to be recycled into new products.”

Plastic bags and overwrap are recycled into new grocery bags, plastic pallets, containers, crates, pipes, decking and park benches. Plastic foam packaging is recycled into picture frames, construction trim, moulding, park benches and fence posts.

“At London Drugs we are always looking for ways to enhance our retail-leading sustainable programs with the goal of providing our customers with new opportunities and channels to reduce waste and recycle more,” said Kevin Sorby, General Manager, Retail Operations, London Drugs. “This new pilot program provides the citizens of Vancouver with the opportunity to go beyond their regular recycling and waste reduction habits with the ability to now be able to recycle ALL clean household foam packaging and soft plastics at London Drugs. This partnership with MMBC is our further commitment to sustainability and we look forward to seeing the results of this year-long pilot program at our 11 Vancouver London Drugs locations.”

About Multi-Material BC

Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is a non-profit organization that is fully financed by its member businesses, with a mandate to manage residential packaging and printed paper recycling programs in communities across British Columbia. MMBC provides recycling services either directly to communities or by working in partnership with local governments, First Nations, private companies, and other non-profit organizations to ensure households across BC are receiving best-in-class recycling services.

July 5th, 2016

Paper? Plastic? Reusable? The Great Bag Debate

London Drugs Shopping Bag Debate Graphic


Washington Post Article

Paper Bags Article – http://life.gaiam.com/article/plastic-bags-get-boot-paper-any-better

Wikipedia Lightweight Plastic Bag Article –

All about bags article http://www.allaboutbags.ca/irelandandlitter.html

 National Post Poll page – http://news.nationalpost.com/news/more-than-half-of-canadians-think-banning-sale-of-plastic-bags-a-good-idea-poll

Lifecycle Assessment Bag Comparison Chart

Bag Comparison Chart


Canadians use between nine- and 15-billion plastic bags a year, enough to circle the Earth more than 55 times. These lightweight plastic bags can have negative effects on cities, animals and ecosystems. But finding the best solution may not be as simple as it appears.

The Contenders

Lightweight Plastic (LDPE)

(Thumbs Up)
Cheapest to manufacture
Easy to re-use for kitchen or pet waste
Easy to Recycle (Downcycle)

(Thumbs Down)
Made with non-renewable resource (oil)
Improper disposal can have major environmental effects
Non biodegradable


(Thumbs Up)
Made with renewable resources

(Thumbs Down)
Contributes to deforestation
Requires more water & energy to manufacture
Has a greater emissions footprint


(Thumbs Up)
Can replace hundreds of single use bags
Can be recyclable (#5 PP) or biodegradable (cotton & canvas)

(Thumbs Down)
Most expensive
Need to be cleaned regularly
Easy to forget!
The HOT issues

Resources: Plastic and many reusable bags are made from non-renewable oil, (an estimated 12 million barrels in North America alone) using processes that require toxic chemicals. On the other hand, some 14 million trees are cut down each year to make paper bags* and the manufacture of pulp uses large amounts of water and energy.

Pollution: Though they are recyclable, most plastic bags end up in the landfill or the environment, where they can clog waterways and sewers, and kill animals that ingest them. Plastic bags break down, but they never biodegrade. As a result, any toxins they contain—including flame retardants, antimicrobials, and plasticizers—will be released into the environment.

Recycling: Paper, plastic and reusable bags can all be recycled or downcycled, but recycling rates remain low.

Cleanliness: Single-use bags can provide a more sanitary carrier for items like meats and vegetables. Reusable bags need to be properly cleaned regularly to avoid unwanted microbial build-up.

Security and Privacy: Some shops in areas with plastic bag bans report increased shoplifting when customers use reusable bags or just carry items around. Single-use bags also allow services like pharmacies to offer more privacy to their customers for their purchases.


BAN the bag?
Lightweight Plastic Bag Bans are one solution that is being implemented in numerous cities and countries around the globe. Here is a partial list:***

Bangladesh – Country-wide ban, 2002
Eritrea – Country-wide ban, 2007
Kenya – Country-wide ban, 2011
Mauritania – Country-wide ban, 2013
Tanzania – Country-wide ban, 2006
China – Total ban on ultra thin plastic bags and a fee on plastic bags, 2008
Netherlands – Comprehensive Ban 2016
Australia – Three states and some cities have bans
Italy – Ban on lightweight bags that are not biodegradable
California – Local bans in 31 cities and 11 counties including San Francisco and Los Angeles
15 Other US states, including Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado, Washington and Texas, have various levels of city and county bans

Can a fee backfire?

Many people use single-use plastic bags for multiple uses, such as lunch bags, kitchen catchers, and picking up after dogs. When Ireland implemented their tax, sales of thicker kitchen catcher bags increased +77%****

What do YOU think?
Canadian public opinion varies.
It’s a good idea to forbid retail stores from handing out single use plastic bags:
YES – 59% NO – 39%
Stores should charge a fee for plastic bags
YES – 53% NO – 46%
Angus Reid Poll 2012*****

What’s London Drugs doing?
London Drugs has debated, researched and talked about the use of plastic bags over the years and we continue to regularly discuss the use of plastic bags in our stores. in the meantime, we offer reusable bags and easy plastic bag recycling.

Would you like a bag with that?
We are currently in the process of implementing a process in our stores where our staff ask if customers would like a bag instead of automatically using a plastic bag, and at the same time suggesting a reusable option.
What about biodegradable plastic?
London Drugs has used and experimented with degradable bags or compostable bags and have found these to contaminate the recycling stream and create bigger problems for the environment.

We have made a commitment to reduce the number of bags being given out and have seen a 50% decline from previous years. We are always on the lookout for better options and we always take into consideration the impact of our decisions.

July 3rd, 2016

Made from Milk Jugs! Play a Little Greener This Summer with Green Toys

Looking for some more sustainable toys that can also teach the little ones a thing or two about recycling? Take a look at the Green Toys line. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, these great looking vehicles are bright, durable and perfect for the beach or playground.

Green Toys ScooperThe toys are made from recycled milk jugs (#5 PP plastic) and packaged in recycled (and recyclable) cardboard cartons printed with soy inks. They also contain no glues, screws or paint.

According to their website, every pound of recycled milk jugs used to create a Green Toys product saves enough energy to power 3,000 AAA batteries, a TV for 3 weeks or a laptop computer for a whole month.

The Recycling Truck is the star of their video, but the line also includes the Dumper, Scooper, Tug Boat and Helicopter.

So grab some Green Toys and head for the sandbox. And don’t forget to recycle your milk jug!

Green Toys Recycle Truck

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