December 21st, 2017

10 Last-Minute Green Stocking Stuffers for Under $10

OK, just because you like to shop green, that doesn’t mean you are always on time! Nobody’s perfect. So here are 10 quick and sustainable gift ideas for your last minute Christmas shopping trip. (Just remember to ride your bike carefully through the snow…)

1. Wake them up with organic, Fair Trade coffee!
This week you can get 284g ground coffee from KickingHorse or 340g beans from Ethical Bean on sale for just $9.99 each. Both are certified organic, and for extra holiday fun you can scan the Ethical Bean bag and trace the origin of that exact batch.

2. Hippie Veggie Clusters
A great alternative to all the sweets under the tree, these snacks are Canadian made by Hippie Foods from real, simple, whole food ingredients. Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, B-Corp Certified and full of goodness! On sale for $5.99

3. London Drugs Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stop using disposable water bottles! Double-wall construction keeps liquids hot for 12 hours and cold for 24, while resisting sweat and condensation. It’s BPA and lead-free, and on sale right now for just $9.99

4. Burt’s Bees Skin Essentials Set
Two 100% Natural lip balms and a pack of 99.7% natural facial cleaning towelettes bundled up in a recyclable decorative seasonal gift pack. All from a company buzzing with a triple-bottom-line philosophy of People, Planet and Profit. Just $7.99

5. Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate
This is an annual Green Deal Christmas favourite (to give OR receive!) Choose from a whole range of flavours, certified Fair Trade, and at just $4.59 each you can get two. (What the heck, it’s OK to keep one)

6. Love Crunch Granola
This is what happens when 100% Organic, Non-GMO granola meets Fair Trade dark chocolate. Is it a snack or a breakfast? Who cares?? Share the love… just $5.99

7. Green Magazines
Give the gift of time to read over the holidays! Choose form a huge range of titles that will bring hours of relaxed enjoyment before being easily recycled. Or made into paper airplanes… or saved for wrapping next years presents… $9.99 – $11.99

8. London Naturals Organic Maple Syrup
Nature’s sweetener! Harvested towards the end of the season, this darker syrup offers a more robust maple flavour that improves everything from coffee to pancakes. And it’s Canadian, Eh! $9.99

9. Bora Bora Recycled Post-It Notes
These super-sticky notes are made with 30% post-consumer-recycled paper, with a plant-based adhesive that lets you stick them almost anywhere. Like on your teenager’s phone to remind them to take out the recycling…. Pack of three is just $8.99

10. CLIF Kid Organic Z-Bars
These certified Organic snacks are perfect for keeping kids fueled. Non-GMO, no artificial flavours and no high-fructose corn syrup either. Made by CLIF Bar, London Drugs’ Sustainable Vendor of the Year for 2017! Package of 5, just $4.99

BONUS – Wrap it all up in a 100% Natural Seagrass Basket.
Nature’s packaging! Looks great and is 100% biodegradable. On sale for just $9.99

However you choose to enjoy the holidays, remember to recycle your wrap, Bring Back the Pack and don’t waste a single moment! Merry Christmas from What’s the Green Deal!

June 24th, 2015

Announcing a better way to recycle your cleaner and air freshener waste, with London Drugs, Febreeze and Terracycle.

cleaner-triggers-smSpring cleaning has always been a messy job, and it can produce lots of garbage: plastic air freshener cartridges and the blister packs they come in; trigger heads on spray bottles; screw caps from bathroom and kitchen cleaners; used packages of disposable cleaning wipes, and more.
Now you can drop off your ‘cleaner waste’ at new drop boxes installed at 78 London Drugs stores stores across Western Canada, through a pilot program launched by Febreeze and Terracycle.
The items are technically recyclable, however, the high cost of separating mixed plastics means the infrastructure to recycle them isn’t available across the country.
This prompted Febreze (a Procter & Gamble brand) and TerraCycle to join together with London Drugs in an effort to make recycling easier for consumers.
Residents in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan will find clearly marked drop-off boxes at London Drugs stores, into which they can deposit their home cleaning and air-freshening waste.
Once full, the boxes will be picked up by UPS and shipped to TerraCycle, an independent recycling agency specializing in diverting from landfill what municipalities deem “non-recyclable.”
“We have seen a number of great successes in our partnership with TerraCycle, and we are proud to be able to expand upon the types of items our customers can recycle,” said Maury McCausland, Retail Operations Sustainability Specialist at London Drugs. “This program is a natural extension to our Bring Back the Pack and What’s the Green Deal? programs, so we expect to see great engagement from those who are dedicated to diverting waste from our landfills.”
“We’re thrilled to be working on this new in-store recycling program,” adds TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “Diverting home cleaning waste from landfill is a huge job, but with these drop-off boxes, it’s made easy — whenever you’re planning a visit to London Drugs, you bring your used trigger heads along and leave them at the store. We take care of the rest.”
The Air and Home Care Brigade contributes two cents for each item of waste toward a charity – all money raised from customer drop-offs to the London Drugs pilot program will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Air and Home Care Brigade accepted waste:

  • All brands and sizes of plastic air fresheners, plastic electronic (i.e. plug in) air fresheners and plastic air freshener cartridges (including plastic car air freshener products).
  • All brands of plastic bottle trigger heads and pumps (used for air care and home cleaning products such as kitchen / bathroom cleaner sprays) and flexible cleaning wipe packaging (intended for home cleaning.
  • All related flexible plastic air care and home care product packaging of any brand (please remove any cardboard (usually the back) or other recyclable components first and recycle these with your household collections).
  • Please check with your local council to see if plastic bottle caps (for air care products, and washing up liquid bottles) can be recycled locally – where a solution is available please recycle the caps locally – if no local solution is available these can also be sent in for recycling

For more info on the Brigade, see http://www.terracycle.ca/en-CA/brigades/air-care-brigade.html

August 22nd, 2014

GUEST POST: 3 Green Reasons to Eat More Plant-based Foods

 ‘Guest Posts’ are blog articles written by people outside London Drugs. These may be independent authors or companies who are featured in our GreenDeal Product Program. We review the content before posting and provide this space as a forum to offer information and discuss sustainability issues. So please let us know what you think!  

Photo: Romariolen - iStock

Photo: Romariolen – iStock

by VEGA – You’re already bringing reusable shopping bags to London Drugs, recycling everything under the sun and biking to work to tread lighter on the planet. But have you ever thought about the impact diet has on your carbon footprint? When you fuel your busy life with more whole, nutrient dense, plant-based foods on your plate, your carbon footprint goes down. At Vega, our passion for plant-based nutrition is as much about empowering health as it is about supporting the health of our planet. Here are three reasons to add more plant-based foods to your diet today:

  1. Plant-based foods require fewer precious resources

The consumption of plant and animal products has very different effects on the planet. While plants “breathe in” harmful carbon dioxide and release life-giving oxygen into the world, animals do the opposite. Cows not only breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, they also release methane gas—a large contributor to climate change. So in just the farming, from seed to harvest, plants take up less land, energy, water and resources than animals—and combat the emissions animals farmed for food release.

  1. Higher nutrient-to-resources ratio

Plant-based foods provide a bounty of nutrients, without taking up the resources required of animal foods. Take a look at your standard Canadian breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausage links, a slice of toast, and hash browns requires 824 g of CO2 emissions. A plant-based smoothie made with ¼ cup of blueberries, ½ a banana, 1 cup of hemp milk and a scoop of Vega One emits only 155 g CO2 emissions. Choosing to start your day with a smoothie isn’t only nutrient dense, but it also lowers your carbon footprint.

  1. Plant-based Foods are good for your health

You need to stay healthy to save the environment. Besides requiring fewer resources, plant-based foods are more nutrient dense than many other foods found in a typical diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts all provide a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, with relatively low calorie counts. Adding more plant-based foods to your diet can help your health—those who eat mainly plant-based tend to have lower BMIs and less risk of cardiovascular disease.1

Start with small changes

VEGA-ONEOne of the easiest ways to reduce your food-related emissions is to add in more plant-based meals. Focusing on plant-based foods means less CO2 emissions, water and energy consumption. Don’t worry–this isn’t an all-or-nothing type of situation. Even if you’re not eating 100% plant-based, every plant-based food choice makes a difference. Why not start first thing in the morning? Blend fresh and frozen fruit, non-dairy milk, nuts, seeds and Vega One to start your day with fewer carbon emissions.

Even better, as you reach for a scoop of Vega One, you’ll notice that our bottles are now made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic—saving 278 tons of CO 2 or 63% less CO greenhouse gas than virgin plastic per year.

November 7th, 2013

A Great Green Gift Basket is as Close as Your Local London Drugs

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If you need a gift for a friend or client who is into all things ‘green’, look no further. A bundle of GreenDeal products from London Drugs will have something to please almost anyone.
For this box, I chose a variety of food, housewares beauty and cleaning products totaling about $65, including the classy suede-like storage box at $7.99 (I have not yet researched the supply-chain on this particular item, but I like that its very useful and reusable)

Here are some highlights:

Coffee: I chose Ethical Bean because it was on sale, but LD has an awesome variety of organic, locally-roasted fairly traded blends.
Reusable MugThis cool cup from Aladdin is made from recycled plastic and is recyclable at the end of its life. Open the cup and close the loop.

Organic Chocolate – It’s a good idea to have something in the pack that can be eaten right away. There’s a nice milk chocolate variety pack from Green & Blacks, and a dark chocolate bar from Camino – a Canadian Organic, FairTrade company that supports family farmers.

Nature’s Path Granola – I chose the organic fruit & nut blend, but they have lots of other great products, too. It’s an added bonus that their packaging looks tasteful enough to dress up the package.

green-deal-sustainable-giftbox-1smMethod Dish Soap – Sure its cleaning stuff, but it looks like art. Biodegradable, with full ingredient transparency on their website. It’s not Sodium Lauryl Sulfate free, but the Method company does a good job of Corporate Social Responsibility, including offsetting their energy and carbon footprint.

London Drugs Organic Tomato Sauce – This is an example of a great tasting, organic product that competes on price with national, non-organic brands.

Burts Bees Lip Balm – This is a nice treat for whomever gets to it first and claims it. A premium lip balm, from a great company that makes social and environmental factors a big part of their decision making.

To make a bodacious-looking package, I propped everything up with some crumpled newspaper underneath, arranged it and wrapped it all up with a strip of cloth from a spare piece of fabric.

Got someone sustainable to recognize? Check out our list of GreenDeal products, and make up your own gift box. It’s a local, personal gift that says you care about more than just saying ‘thanks’.

August 13th, 2012

Reusable water bottles – which is right for you?

In the summertime heat, staying hydrated is important. But with millions of single use water bottles being disposed of every year, it’s a good green idea to make a reusable bottle part of your plan. So which to choose?

Plastic
For affordability, weight and versatility, plastic wins. Plastics #2, #4, and #5 are the healthiest bottle options as they are not known to leach. However, all plastic bottles may retain odors or stains and after repeated use. Plastic #2 is commonly recyclable, and plastics #4 and 5 may be brought back to any London Drugs for recycling.

What does BPA-Free mean? Bisphenol-A is a chemical that was once used extensively to make polycarbonate bottles. In 2010, Canada declared BPA a toxic substance, and now almost all water bottles are made BPA-free. For BPA-free polycarbonate plastic options, Look for plastic #7, like the Nalgene Everyday or Rubbermaid Refill/Reuse models shown here.

Stainless Steel
This material is non-reactive and requires no coating, so it’s one of the purest options out there. However, stainless steel may dent if dropped and it definitely heats up on a hot day. If you like art, the Threadless line from Thermos features innovative designs sourced from the online community.

Aluminum
There are some awesome high-tech bottle designs made from aluminum, as it is lightweight and strong. But because aluminum can react to acidic liquids, containers of this type must be coated on the inside. So look for high-quality models such as the Swiss SIGG and Wenger Eco-Bottle options shown here. Both are recyclable and feature BPA-Free linings.

Lids, Mouths and More
There are a wide variety of lids to choose from, whether you like to sip, pour or glug. Some are even recyclable. Again, look for #2, #4 or #5 stamped on them if this is important to you.

What’s the greenest deal?
My favourite is the Aladdin Sustain e-Cycle bottle, made of 90% recycled food-grade, dishwasher-safe #5 plastic, containing 22.5% post-consumer waste. It’s also 100% recyclable and has a wide mouth opening perfect for adding ice cubes.

But the important thing is to get a water bottle that is handy, functional and attractive enough that you will actually use it. Remembering not to leave it behind is another whole article.