November 22nd, 2016

HP Named 2017 Sustainable Vendor Partner of the Year, for Ink Cartridge Recycling and More.

We have SO many great GreenDeal vendors at London Drugs, it’s always a near-impossible choice to pick just one to recognize. But HP has really gone above and beyond in the electronics sustainability world.

The Best Ink Cartridge Recycling Program

HP has developed a mechanized process to disassemble their ink cartridges and  recycle the material, so that plastic from every HP cartridge returned gets included in new cartridges. Watch the video below as London Drugs Computers Merchandise Manager Cedric Tetzel explains how the program works.

Design for Recycling and ‘Closing the Loop’.

HP puts extra effort into the design of their electronics, so that they use recycled plastic in their manufacture, and are easier to disassemble and recycle at the end of their usable life. 48% of new commercial desktop products contained greater than 10% post-consumer recycled plastic content.

HP does a great job of measuring and reducing their impact world-wide.

The company has already achieved their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 20% by 2020, (compared to 2010) They also scored 100/A for the second consecutive year in the CDP Climate disclosure and performance scores – the highest possible rating. HP scored a ‘Perfect 10’ for corporate social responsibility in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2016. They also have initiatives to benefit communities, workers and reduce deforestation.

Congratulations, HP – you are the REAL Green Deal!

November 16th, 2016

Kidseat Recyclers visit London Drugs in Saskatoon November 19 and 20 – Saskatoon residents can recycle their children’s car seat this weekend at both locations!

Kid Seat Recyclers Poster

London Drugs in Saskatoon will be hosting a children’s car seat recycling event with Kidseat Recyclers at both locations. On November 19 and 20 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. residents can bring their used and expired children’s car seat for proper recycling to London Drugs.

“We are excited to be working with Kidseat Recyclers as companies like this align with our core values of providing customers with the best in terms of services,” said Andy MacDonald, London Drugs store manager. “I encourage everyone to bring their old and expired seats to our locations this weekend. We are also raising awareness of our Green Deal program while providing residents with this opportunity to recycle their children’s car seats.”

The weekend program aligns with London Drugs commitment to recycling through their What’s the Green Deal? program. The program is an extensive recycling and sustainability commitment carried through all London Drugs stores.

“London Drugs has been instrumental in helping us bring this service to other cities and I am happy to be bringing this to Saskatoon,” says Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner and director of Kidseat Recyclers Inc. “Without recycling, thousands of pounds of plastic and metal will hit Saskatchewan landfills every year. That’s mountains of car seats. We are looking forward to helping Saskatoon residents keep car seats out of the landfills for the first time ever at our upcoming roundup.”

There is a $10 levy to recycle children’s car seats and London Drugs will be giving a $5 gift card for every car seat recycled. Please strip material from car seat before recycling. For further information about the What’s the Green Deal? visit www.greendeal.ca. Full information about Kidseat Recyclers can be found on their website.

Kidseat Recyclers is Canada’s first car seat recycling company, servicing Alberta and beyond since 2010. To date, Kidseat has diverted nearly 52-thousand lbs. of plastic and metal from our landfills (5766seats). With over 14-thousand children born in Saskatchewan every year, the amount of car seats hitting our landfills is staggering. Their goal is to expand and offer car seat recycling across Canada.

November 10th, 2016

London Drugs Named Quest Food Exchange Most Valuable Partner, Reducing Food Waste by 389,000 lbs This Year!

London Drugs Quest Food Exchange Partner Trucks

Kevin Sorby, London Drugs General Manager, Retail Operations, proudly received this recognition from Quest Food Exchange at their partnership event November 3rd.

London Drugs Food Waste ReductionQuest Food Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing hunger with dignity. They redirect food from local food industry that might otherwise go to waste. Food is then sorted, processed, and distributed to organizations and people who need it most.

In partnership with London Drugs, Quest takes food products that are at or near expiry, or that would otherwise be wasted, and ensures they get used, safely and with dignity, by people that need them most.

In the last year, that amount totaled over 389,000 lbs.

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-9-02-37-amAs part of our commitment to reducing our overall waste, we realize food waste is an critical issue, and we are pleased to work with Quest Food Exchange in BC to make a difference.

Want to know more about our food waste diversion, and how YOU can make a difference? Check out our blog.

Or better yet, visit the Quest Food Exchange website and learn how you can help.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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