October 26th, 2017

Local London Drugs stores and What’s the Green Deal bring home a Surrey, BC Green City Award.

Store manager Elly Kurucz receives the Surrey Green City Award from Mayor Linda Hepner with (left to right) Lorne Craig, Sue Malloy and Susan Kellock. 
Photo courtesy The City of Surrey – Photographer: Brian Dennehy

Recycling is hard work, so when representatives from our Surrey stores got to step on stage and accept the Green City Award from Surrey Mayor and Council, they were both excited and a bit humbled.

“I have been with London Drugs for 28 years and I’m so proud tonight to be recognized for all we do at our stores and corporately,” said Guildford Town Centre Store Manager Elly Kurucz, “We care deeply for our communities and are wholeheartedly committed to the continued journey toward sustainability, reducing waste and providing greener shopping options.”

Surrey, BC London Drugs stores average a 94.65% diversion rate and in the last two years have diverted over 1.3 MILLION lbs of waste from landfill.

The waste diversion achievements of our 5 Surrey locations – #9 Guildford, #8 London Station, #42 White Rock, #81 Morgan Crossing and #75 Cloverdale, are a testament to the hard work of staff at each location.
The four pillars of London Drugs’ unique What’s the Green Deal program were also recognized, showing just how important corporate sustainability can be at the local level.

It was a gala night, honoring community leaders across the spectrum. Photo: Lorne Craig

“The caliber of award recipients we got to share this stage with was amazing.”

That was the general response among the London Drugs group as we watched other award winners like the New Hope Community Services Society, the Canucks Autism Network, and individuals like Alex Martel and Douglas Nickerson get recognized for helping refugees, supporting aboriginal youth and saving lives.

On behalf of our five Surrey locations, the whole London Drugs team would like to thank the City Of Surrey for this honour, and pledge that we will continue to work to make all of our communities as green as we possibly can.

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!

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!

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!

April 25th, 2014

Green Heroes Medals forged from recycled circuit boards, merging beauty and recyclability.

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When we decided to create some medals of recognition for our Everyday #GreenHeroes video and recognition campaign, we knew they had to be special. So we sent our Green Deal craftsman out to Sims Recycling, to source some actual recycled circuit boards for the medal bases. Each was hand cut and sanded, then mounted with a laser-etched Green Heroes disc.

Lorne Craig at Sims Recycling

Lorne Craig at Sims Recycling

The individual circuit boards came primarily from hard drives and computer motherboards, and each is unique and beautiful in its own way.

“My favourite is the one actually marked ‘Apple Computer’, coming from a 2001-era machine,” says Green Deal video host Lorne Craig, “I may have actually used one of these computers back in the day!”

Check out the Vine video below to see the metal jigsaw blade cutting through the boards in ultra-slow-motion. And watch as we hand out medals and gift cards in our Everyday #GreenHeroes contest for Earth Month 2014.


November 1st, 2013

London Drugs wins Airdrie Eco Edge Award

Glenna Hope stopped on the red carpet to talk to Mark Armstrong. (PHOTO - Christina Waldner)

Glenna Hope stopped on the red carpet to talk to Mark Armstrong. (PHOTO – Christina Waldner)

While it’s great to be recognized at the national level, it’s just as awesome to be recognized right in the community. Because that’s where London Drugs lives! On October 26th, we were extremely proud to be awarded the Eco Edge Business Award as “A business that promotes, supports and provides leadership in the environmental arena and that demonstrates a long-term commitment to sustainability.”

Assistant Manager Glenna Hope was on hand to receive the award at the James Bond themed Gala event.

The Green Deal team at our Airdrie store goes above and beyond the call, with recycling, waste reduction and other sustainability initiatives. You just have to watch their Green Deal staff video to see that they approach their sustainability commitments with dedication and a great fun attitude.

Congratulations, Genna and the whole LD Airdrie team. You are the real Green Deal!

September 24th, 2013

London Drugs wins Canadian Stewardship Award

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At the Conference on Canadian Stewardship, London Dugs took top honours in the ‘Business’ category for our ‘What’s the Green Deal’ program and our stores’ efforts to engage and promote stewardship programs.

The conference was attended by hundreds of delegates representing business, manufacturers, retailers, industry associations, municipalities, provincial and federal and territorial government representatives and stewardship programs from across North America and Europe.
LondonDrugs-stewardship-awardAdministrator of Retail Operations Maury McCausland accepted the award from Mark McKenney, Managing Director of the Conference on Canadian Stewardship, on behalf of the thousands of London Drugs employees and customers that have helped make ‘What’s the Green Deal’ a stewardship success story.

“As a regional retailer, we are proud to be recognized at the national level for our recycling programs,” McCausland said, “But the journey continues. So it’s back to work!”

The next Conference on Canadian Stewardship takes place in 2015. We plan to be there, too.

June 13th, 2013

Lights, Camera, Recycle!

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This year, for Earth Day, we decided to offer a contest for London Drugs staff to produce the most creative video about ‘What’s the Green Deal’ initiatives at their stores. Using an iPad (and more than a little ingenuity) our aspiring Directors put together some amazing cinematic epics, showing how they reduce waste, recycle and help customers shop a little greener.
 

The winning teams received cash for their store action committees, and bragging rights on the red – er, green carpet.
 

Below are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers – and here’s a link to all of our great entries.
Our staff are the real green deal, and now they have the critical acclaim to back it up!

June 6th, 2013

London drugs’ recycling efforts recognized with an Emerald Award

emerald-award-mccauslandThank you to the Alberta Emerald Foundation for recognizing our recycling efforts with an Emerald Award! We are truly honoured, and very proud of this award.

London Drugs received top honours for our ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ program and corporate recycling efforts at the 2013 Emerald Awards held June 6 in Edmonton, AB. Taking home the ‘waste wise’ prize in the large business category, London Drugs was one of 32 finalists out of a record number of nominations from across Alberta this year.

Maury McCausland, Administrator of Retail Operations, was in Edmonton to accept the award.

“London Drugs has stewarded environmental efforts for a number of years, and we have made strides through our waste diversion programs,” said McCausland. “It’s truly an honour to be recognized for these efforts. It’s not only a testament to our team of employees who all aspire to make a difference, but also our loyal customers who care to participate in the recycling programs we offer.”

Thank you to all our staff and customers who have worked hard to be waste wise. Your continued participation in the recycling programs is outstanding, and we proudly share this award with all of you.

April 20th, 2013

London Drugs is a 2013 Emerald Awards Finalist!

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The Alberta Emerald Foundation recently announced its 2013 Annual Emerald Award finalists, and London Drugs is pleased to be a finalist in the large business category for the ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ program.  London Drugs is one of 32 finalists – out of a record 123 nominations this year – across 11 awards categories.

Since the 2008 launch of ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ London Drugs now tallies more than 42 million pounds of materials recycled including: Styrofoam, batteries, computers, televisions, cell phones, paper, plastic, cardboard, and metals.

Our overall waste diversion rate rose from 67% in 2011 to 74% in 2012. And individual stores have advanced even further with a chain-wide goal for all London Drugs stores to achieve 95% waste diversion by 2015.

In Alberta, the Oliver Square West store in Edmonton posted an impressive 93% recycling rate.

The Emerald Awards recognize and reward the excellent environmental initiatives undertaken each year by youth, educators, corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups and governments. Winners of the 22nd annual Emerald Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 6, 2013 at the Shoctor Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta.
Albertans are passionate about balancing the development of this province’s rich resources with environmental stewardship, and London Drugs is happy to help.

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