June 16th, 2016

YOU can help stop FOOD WASTE! Here are 5 things we can all do!

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Links:

Ontario-based consulting firm Value Chain Management International (VCMI) Study – http://vcm-international.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Food-Waste-in-Canada-27-Billion-Revisited-Dec-10-2014.pdf

Quest Food Exchange – http://www.questoutreach.org/

Alberta Food Bank – http://www.albertafoodbanks.org/

http://www.albertafoodbanks.org/london-drugs-partnership

 

Canadians waste $31 billion in food each year.* When that food decomposes in a landfill, it creates methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gasses. So our environment pays the ultimate price. It’s up to us all to do what we can to make food waste history.

Where food waste comes from:*

  • Consumers – 47%
  • Retail – 10%
  • On Farm – 10%
  • Processing, Transport & Distribution – 24%
  • Restaurants & Hotels – 9%

What YOU can do:

1. Compost your Food Scraps Vancouver treats food waste as “a resource,” says Carrie Hightower, a technical adviser in Metro Vancouver’s zero-waste implementation program, sending it to commercial composters like Harvest Power where an anaerobic digester converts organic waste into green energy.

2. Switch to smaller dishes and portions  The standard plate is up to 36% larger than it was 50 years ago!*** So while 6 oz of pasta on an 8” plate looks reasonable, the same 6 oz on a 12” plate may look more like an appetizer.

3. Give uneaten Food a second chance Put that old banana in a smoothie. Make vegetable soups, or try your hand at freezing & home canning!

4. Never waste water-intensive foods such as meat Throw away that burger and you’re wasting more than just food. Producing 1 kg of animal protein requires about 100 times more water than producing 1 kg of grain protein!**

5. Try the FoodKeeper App to help keep track of expiry dates This handy little app gives you information on food storage times, helping organize your meals to make the best of food you have.

What is London Drugs doing about Food Waste?

Every store has a program in place, with connections to multiple organizations across Western Canada.
In small rural communities or single markets we work with local charities, food banks or churches. If that’s not an option, items are returned to our distribution centre and forwarded to one of our larger partners.

In BC we partner with Quest Food Exchange, whose goal is ‘reducing hunger with dignity’. Unusable items are put into an organics recycling program.

In Alberta we partner with the Alberta Food Bank in Edmonton and Calgary. These fine groups also provide education and support, like nutritional seminars and kitchen classes.

More towns & cities are creating infrastructure for organics recycling. We are happy to share our knowledge and learning with any organizations or agencies involved in reducing food waste.

In the first quarter of 2016, we diverted or gave out over 72 Tons of food!

Learn more. Visit our website for blogs, videos, articles and products that help you live a little greener.
http://www.greendeal.ca

May 31st, 2016

This June, join us to learn more about green tech at the HP Partner for the Planet Workshops. And don’t forget your recycling!

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No one can be sustainable all on their own – making a difference takes partnership. And we are proud to partner with HP – a true leader in technology design and recycling – for some great in-store events in the London Drugs computer department. Workshops run from June 4 – 28. Check the store event listings here to find out when HP will be at your local London Drugs store.

When it comes to printer cartridges, few tech manufacturers match HP’s dedication to sustainability:

  • HP includes recycled plastic in products and designs up front for recyclability.
  • HP offers free take-back and recycling of printer cartridges in more than 50 countries worldwide.
  • In one year, HP has used more than 15 million lbs of recycled plastic as raw material for the manufacture of cartridges.
  • Since 1997 more than 210 million cartridges have been returned to HP for recycling.
  • 3.3 billion plastic bottles and 50 million plastic apparel hangers kept out of landfill through HP’s Canadian formulated closed loop recycling process.
  • Recycled plastic contained in HP cartridges has a 30% smaller carbon footprint than new plastic used in cartridges.
  • See how your printer’s carbon footprint compares! Try the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator.

Ever wonder how a printer cartridge gets recycled? See behind the green scenes in this HP video.

Join our computer techs to find out more, and bring your tech waste for FREE recycling.
If you have HP cartridges, that’s great. But remember, London Drugs takes back all cartridge brands, as well as printers, computers, TVs, DVD and VHS players, batteries and more.

Workshop Dates

April 22nd, 2016

London Drugs Earth Day Event Brings Recycling, Education and Great Green Deals to Courtenay BC, April 23rd 2016

#67 Earth Day for webFrom 11am to 3pm come on by the London Drugs at Driftwood Mall in Courtenay, BC,  and bring your old electronics – the Courtenay Return-It Depot will be helping to host an E-Waste collection in the parking lot. The first 30 customers will receive 1 Rialto Theatre movie pass and all participants in our National Challenge will receive 1 entry form for a chance to win a $150 pre-paid Visa card.* (*Visit driftwoodmall.ca/ewasterecyclingchallenge-2 for more details)

Gayle Bates from Comox Strathcona Waste Management Services will also be dropping by to share learning and tips on waste reduction and you can  check out the great Green Deals on a super selection of more sustainable products.

Happy Earth Day!

April 20th, 2016

What’s REALLY different about Burt’s Bees lipstick? You’ll have to pick one up to find out.

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The iconically green Burt’s Bees brand has been making natural personal care products since they launched their original beeswax lip balm in 1991. Now Burt’s is creating buzz with a new line of lipsticks, formulated and packaged with the same focus on sustainability that has made the brand a green household name. It offers 8-hour moisture, vibrant colour in 14 shades and is made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils.

But that’s not the most interesting difference.

Tulip_Tide_380What you’ll find when you pick up a Burt’s Bees lipstick is that it feels lighter than a traditional lipstick tube. That’s because most lipstick containers are WEIGHTED to give them more heft.

By dropping the weight, Burt’s Bees was able to make their packaging completely recyclable (#5 polypropylene) and the container is even made with 60% post-consumer-waste recycled content.

So not only will your lips feel (and look) naturally great, you can reduce your packaging footprint at the same time. And that’s got to put a smile on your face.

Shop for Burts Bees lipsticks here, and remember, when it’s time to recycle the tube, you can Bring Back the Pack from any purchase you make at London Drugs.

If you are curious to learn more about bees and sustainability, have a look at the Burt’s website. Their collaboration with the Pollinator Partnership began at the onset of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2007, creating the Honeybee Health Improvement Project. It awards annual research grants to scientists seeking solutions to improve honeybee health.

Burt’s Bees also managed to maintain their green standards when, in 2007, the company was purchased by Clorox. (They send zero waste to landfill, turning waste products into biomass-based fuel. electricity and even cement)

Burt’s Bees culture has even been credited with bringing a wider sustainability mandate to Clorox, and they represent a great example of a company and product line that we are proud to highlight in our Green Deal program.

April 18th, 2016

London Drugs Prince George Cleans Up Again With Spring Recycling Round-Up

Christian Schenk, Store Manager at London Drugs, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall

Christian Schenk, Store Manager at London Drugs, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall

It’s springtime, and that means getting rid of clutter. Once again, London Drugs helped citizens of Prince George avoid cluttering landfills at the same time, with a recycling drop-off event featuring some very green partners.

Saturday April 16th, The London Drugs parking lot was host to Tire Stewardship BC, Kidseat Recyclers and the Recycling & Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS). Polaris Montessori Elementary School students helped customers with free recycling of their tires, while old car seats could be dropped off for a recycling fee of $10.

Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall and Councillor Garth Frizzell also dropped by to lend a hand and add their support. Mayor Hall was quoted in a News 250 article on the event; “We’re striving to become a green community and environmentally this is a huge thing for us to undertake.”

LD-recycling-event1-PG-2016The London Drugs store team was also on hand to remind people of all the recyclables they can bring back to the store ANY day of the year.

“We had an opportunity to tell customers about the various programs we offer; Bring Back The Pack, battery recycling, electronics recycling, etc,” says Christian Schenk, store manager at London Drugs. “I had an opportunity to talk with the mayor and let him know about what we are doing to take care of the “footprint” that we create. He was quite impressed and even commented that he wished other larger businesses would do the same.”

Way to go, P.G. You are the REAL Green Deal!

For a look at last year’s recycling event, and an inspiring clean-up by College Heights Secondary students, check out our Green Heroes of the North video here.

From right, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, City Councillor Garth Frizzell, Polaris Montessori Elementary School PAC representative Melanie Noullett and students help recycle tires – photo 250News

From right, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, City Councillor Garth Frizzell, Polaris Montessori Elementary School PAC representative Melanie Noullett and students help recycle tires – photo 250News

Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner, Kidseat recyclers photo 250News

Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner, Kidseat recyclers photo 250News

March 29th, 2016

From your junk drawer to Zero Waste, our Green Deal sustainability story has it all!

London Drugs Green Deal Sustainability Overview Earth Month 2016

Once upon a time…

There was a lonely flip phone. One of millions of discarded recyclables looking for a better place to call home. Fortunately, London Drugs was launching a program to make recycling as easy as a trip to the store.  The year was 2008 Here’s our story.

The London Drugs philosophy is to support the communities we serve. Years before 2008, our stores had offered recycling, our photo labs treated their water and our operations reduced their impacts. But it was time to take our sustainability journey further.
What’sthe Green Deal? began as a question, because we always want to seek better sustainability answers.

Our 4 Pillar Strategy:

1. WASTE REDUCTION – Over 93% Of all store waste is diverted from landfill by our employees.

2. ENERGY & OPERATIONS – Better warehouse design & lighting, biodiesel in our trucks and more.

3. UPSTREAM BUYING – Our  Responsible Purchasing Policy helps show vendors exactly what we expect when it comes to their supply chain standards.

4. EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION – Our outreach events, sponsorships, Twitter feed @WTGreenDeal and our greendeal.ca website & blog help share greener living tips with the whole community.

What can customers recycle at London Drugs?

  • Electronics
  • Small Appliances
  • Packaging from our products including Styrofoam
  • Plastic Bags
  • Insurance Plastic Folders
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Cell Phones
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs & Fluorescent Light Tubes (up to 48”)
  • Disposable Cameras
  • Ink jet Cartridges
  • Laser Cartridges
  • Metal Film Canisters

WHERE does our recycling go?

  • Global Electric Electronic 
Processing (GEEP)
  • e-Cycle
  • FOAM ONLY
  • Cascades Recovery
  • Call2Recycle
  • Light Recycle
  • Various Recycling Partners

Responsible Recycling

Our recycling partners are certified and reviewed to ensure no unprocessed material is sent to substandard offshore facilities
London Drugs will take back all of your packaging from our products. 
Including the Styrofoam!

Don’t dump drugs!
 Our pharmacists take back all unused or expired medications, so they don’t pollute lands and waters.

Thanks to our customers and employees, our average yearly recycling totals over 11 MILLION lbs !

For those who like to shop a little greener… We identify Green Deal products with environmental benefits at the shelf and online.

The Zero Waste QUESTION – Can we create NEW products from  the ‘waste’  material streams that come from our recycling?

We already have one closed-loop product on our shelves. Cascades recycled paper products are made from cardboard and paper partially sourced from our waste recycling streams. And we’re still looking for even more ways to get to Zero Waste.

LEARN MORE Visit our website for blogs, videos articles, and products that help you live a little greener.  greendeal.ca

The story continues…

March 16th, 2016

Recycle at London Drugs and you could win one of 40 pairs of free tickets to Eco Fashion Week.

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Clear out your recyclables and green up your fashion sense at the same time. Drop off accepted recycling items to Customer Service at any Lower Mainland London Drugs location between March 25th and April 1st  and you will receive a ballot* to enter to win a pair of tickets for Eco Fashion Week.(*1 ballot entry per day, per person – see full location list below)

Its the 10th edition of this industry-leading event, where you can learn about ethically-sourced clothing, up-cycled fabrics, natural fabrics, stunning sustainable design and more. Visit the Eco Fashion Week website for full details about this year’s exciting events.

So what can you recycle at your local London Drugs? Bring in any of the following recyclables to Customer Service and ask for your ballot:

  • Small Appliances
  • Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  • Insurance plastic folders

Want to know more about what you can recycle with us and where it goes? Check out the recycling section on greendeal.ca.

Last year, London Drugs customers who dropped off their recycling contributed to over 11.5 million pounds of waste being diverted from landfills. That’s good green style!

Participating London Drugs Locations:

  • West Broadway – 525 West Broadway
  • Broadway & Vine – 2230 West Broadway
  • Olympic Village – 1622 Salt Street
  • Granville & Georgia – 710 Granville St.
  • Robson Street – 1187 Robson Street
  • Davie Street – 1650 Davie Street
  • Hastings & Abbott Street – 351 Abbott Street
  • Kerrisdale – 2091 W 42nd Avenue
  • 41st & Victoria – 5639 Victoria Drive
  • East Hastings – 2585 East Hastings St.
  • Park Royal North – 875 Park Royal North
  • Wessex – Kingsway – 3328 Kingsway Avenue
  • North Vancouver – 2032 Lonsdale Ave
  • Brentwood Town Centre – 4567 Lougheed Hwy
  • London Plaza – 5971 No.3 Road
  • 5000 Kingsway Plaza – 4970 Kingsway Avenue
  • Marine Way and Byrne – 7280 Market Crossing
  • Ironwood Plaza – 11666 Steveston Hwy
  • Westminster Centre – 555-6th Street
  • Lougheed Town Centre – 9855 Austin Avenue
  • Trenant Park Mall – 5237 – 48th Avenue
  • London Station – 10348 King George Boulevard
  • Scott 72 Mall – 7303 – 120th Street
  • Coquitlam Centre – 2929 Barnet Highway
  • Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street
  • Cloverdale – 17685 – 64th Avenue
  • Peninsula Village Mall – 15355 – 24th Avenue
  • Morgan Crossing – 15850 26th Ave.
  • Valley Fair Mall – 22709 Lougheed Hwy
  • Garibaldi Village Squamish – 40282 Glenalder Place
  • Langley – 20202 – 66th Ave.
  • Gibsons – 900 Gibsons Way

March 8th, 2016

As GLOBE 2016 moved the world toward a more sustainable future, London Drugs was there.

Participating in the GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit, March 2,3,4, was inspiring, reassuring and motivating.

The London Drugs What’s the Green Deal team was inspired by Prime Minister Trudeau and our Premiers, reaffirming a commitment to policy and business that will help lead Canada to the low-carbon economy of the future.

We were inspired by the many clean-tech innovations on display at the Innovation Expo.

We were reassured that London Drugs and What’s the Green Deal are on the right track with our sustainabilty and waste reduction work. Through the business cases of Interface, Unilever, Seventh Generation, Philips Lighting and other brands, we learned more about supply-chain transparency and sustainability on a global scale.

And we were motivated to take our What’s the Green Deal program even further – to every London Drugs customer and employee in every market, sharing best practices, products, recycling efforts and reducing our impacts in the communities we are so proud to serve.

As Prime Minister Trudeau said, “The business of building clean economies has gone mainstream.” We will be using this momentum from GLOBE 2016 to take our sustainability goals and practices even further.

March 8th, 2016

London Drugs RecycleBag helps spread the Green Deal word to big crowds at the Healthy Family Expo 2016.

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It was a happy herd of moms, dads, toddlers and tots (and the occasional stroller gridlock) that descended on the Vancouver Convention Centre East Sunday March 6th. Some of our favourite Green Deal brands were also there, including Nature’s Path, Seventh Generation, New World Natural Foods and our booth-mates, Earths Choice, serving up delicious organic coffee all day long.

It was a great way for families to sample tasty treats, look for healthier, greener product alternatives and enter to win some great prizes.

Family-expo-RecycleBag-LCBut one of the most popular items was our recycled (and recyclable) What’s the Green Deal RecycleBag, which lists the things you can recycle at London Drugs. We gave every single one of them out, and it was gratifying to see so many families taking home our message of recycling.

Big thanks to Maria and Kevin from our Olympic Village location and Tracy and Ty, from our Davie Street Store for hanging out and handing out all day long. Bonus points for Ty who was our official spokes-voice, starring on the Healthy Family Expo video!

If you want to know more about the Healthy Family Expo, have a look at some of the photos below and check out their website. It was a great day of activities, music and green goodies!

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Ray from Earth’s Choice was the all-day organic coffee guy who kept us going!

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Ty puts on his interview face.

 

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The London Drugs Green Deal RecycleBags were everywhere at the show!

 

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Natire’s Path was serving up their EnviroKidz organic cereals. Mmmm!

 

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Climbing walls, concerts, free healthy snacks – lots to keep the kids busy!

March 1st, 2016

London Drugs networks with the Green Business World at Globe 2016, March 2,3,4.

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The GLOBE Leadership Summit is North America’s largest and most influential sustainable business leadership summit. As part of our retail leadership journey in sustainability, London Drugs will be there – to learn, connect and share inspiration.

It’s a high-level forum for inspiration and collaboration between business, government, and civil leaders, to turn environmental challenges into business opportunities, taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

London Drugs is no newcomer to GLOBE – in 2012 we were a finalist for Canada’s Greenest Retail Practices Award.  The 2016 event promises to be very inspiring, indeed.

Among other leaders, there will be speakers from Seventh Generation, GE and BMW. Your What’s the Green Deal team will be attending seminars on supply chain innovation, brand sustainability, sustainable products and transformational companies.

And the whole show will be kicked off with an opening speech from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Watch this blog, and follow us on Twitter for updates as we search for inspiration and innovations to make our London Drugs What’s the Green Deal products, recycling and communications even better for YOU.

To the GLOBE and beyond!

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