April 28th, 2017

Introducing Sugar Sheet forest-free paper made with 100% sugar cane waste – it’s the next best thing to not printing at all!

Sugar Sheet Forest Free Paper

All around the world, forests are under pressure from development and harvesting. Recycled paper is a good solution, but what if paper could be made without using any trees at all? Sugar Sheet paper is made from the waste fibre generated from sugar cane processing. The paper is bright white, high quality, elemental chlorine free and completely recyclable. (And of course, it’s available at London Drugs!)

Sugar Sheet is suitable for use in inkjet printers, laser printers, copiers and even high quality offset printing presses. Best of all, the price is competitive with other high quality and recycled paper options.

By the numbers, Sugar Sheet is a more sustainable choice.

Sugar Sheet is produced for Social Print Paper Ltd., a Canadian company based in New Westminster BC whose goal is to minimize dependency on global forests to make paper. The paper is made in Columbia from a material that would otherwise be discarded or simply plowed back into the ground, so it does not have any adverse effects on food production.

Life Cycle Assessment for Sugar Sheet Tree Free PaperTo better understand its footprint, Social Print has produced a Life Cycle Assessment on Sugar Sheet paper, comparing GHG emissions and tree savings vs regular and recycled paper options. Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Sugar Sheet are 29% lower than even 100% recycled content paper, and 1 tonne of Sugar Sheet saves 26 trees compared to the baseline (0% recycled uncoated freesheet)

So if you want to print AND save trees at the same time, your sweetest paper choice is Sugar Sheet.

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!

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

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 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!

February 22nd, 2016

We’re going to the 2016 Healthy Family Expo in Vancouver, March 6th (And you should, too!)

Healthy Family Expo 2016 ondon Drugs

The Vancouver Convention Centre East Building is once again about to host Vancouver’s Premium Eco and Health Event for the whole family. The Healthy Family Expo is an all-day festival of music, activities and some of the most awesome products and ideas gathered in one place – from organics to local manufacturers, baby products, health services and more.

Green Deal BoothThe London Drugs Green Deal team will be on hand to talk recycling, Green Deal products and sustainability. Our friends from Earth’s Choice will be offering coffee, and there will be lots of prizes and surprises to sign up for.

There’s a climbing wall, human hamster ball and concert stage to keep the kids occupied, while parents can browse the show and enter to win a one-tear lease on a Toyota Prius.

Best of all, it’s FREE for kids 12 and under (accompanied by an adult) and you can save $3 oon your adult ticket buy buying in advance online or at your local London Drugs store. (See Customer Service)

Admission includes open seating for Bobs & LoLo concerts and all-day access to everything in the Active Kid Zone.

Healthy-Family-Expo-tickets-2016Advance tickets bought by midnight on March 3rd are entered to win $200 to spend at the Healthy Family Expo! (Click here to register your ticket if you purchased it at London Drugs)

While you’re there be sure to drop by and see us! And also say hi to our friends at Nature’s Path, Top Daddies and David Suzuki’s Queen of Green.

February 16th, 2016

The land may still be snow white, but Saskatoon will be thinking green, at the Saskatchewan Living Green Expo Feb 26 – 28

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It’s a great opportunity for Saskatchewanians to see a world of sustainable and healthy choices, and London Drugs will be there.

Tesla at Green Living ExpoThe Expo Stage features everything from Yoga to green cleaning, solar panels, local cooking and more.

For professionals, check out the Green Edge series, featuring high-tech talks on heating, lighting, Passive House design and other technical learning opportunities.

The Saskatchewan Living Green Expo is also a great place for kids to learn more about the environment and green living at the fun & interactive KidSphere – featuring activities and speakers just for kids.

London Drugs Green Deal DisplayCome see us! We will be telling the world about our recycling programs, and you can enter to win a sweet gift basket of great Green Deal products.

It’s the province’s largest green living expo, so don’t miss it. See you at Prairieland Park!

February 11th, 2016

Got a Great Green Friend? Send them our Video Valentine.

From the Saskatchewan Mom who brings in all her kids batteries, to the Lower Mainland team that takes care of our electronics recycling, to the kids who clean up the roadside litter in Prince George, it takes a big green village to make a difference. So we wanted to say ‘Thanks’ and show our love with this little Valentine’s Day video. If you have a special green person in your life, feel free to pass it along to them. Because sharing appreciation for everyone’s efforts, is the REAL Green Deal. Happy Valentine’s Day!

September 20th, 2015

What is ORGANIC anyway?

To celebrate Canada Organic Week (Sept 19 – 26) we have put together a list of  organic questions and answers, in a fun infographic. Scroll down for all the live links and a text version of all the info if that’s your thing.

Organic Questions and Answers Infographic for Canada Organic Week

Links:

Canada Organic Week

Wikipedia Organic Certification

Canada Organic

Organic Production Systems Standards

Environmental Medicine Organic Vs Conventional Foods Study

Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods study

(Text Version)

These days people buy, eat and wear more organic than ever before. But with all the certifications, labels and details, even the greenest shopper may not know exactly what it all means. So the London Drugs Green Deal Team delved into the world of organic certification to answer a few basic questions.

What makes a product ‘Certified Organic’?


Requirements vary from country to country, and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping. Synthetic pesticides and genetically modified seeds are not permitted, On-farm and facility inspections are conducted to verify that organic producers are operating within standards. 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency oversees the Canada Organic label. In the US, it’s the Department of Agriculture (USDA Organic)

Canadian Organic Standards also include principles like protecting the environment, minimizing soil degradation and decreasing pollution. 

Other countries with organic certifications include Australia, the European Union, France, Germany and Japan

What about ‘Organic Ingredients’?

Multi-ingredient products with 70-95 per cent organic content may have the declaration “contains x% organic ingredients,” but may not use the Canada Organic logo and/or the claim “organic”. Multi-ingredient products with less than 70 per cent organic content may only use organic claims in the product’s ingredient list. These products may not use the Canada 
Organic logo.

Only products with 95% organic content or more may be labelled as “organic” or bear the Canada Organic logo.

What’s the difference between Organic and Natural?

Natural means that:

• The food or ingredient must not contain an added vitamin, mineral nutrient, food additive or artificial flavouring agent.

• Must not have had any constituent removed or significantly changed (except removal of water).

• Must not have been submitted to processes that have significantly altered its original physical, chemical or biological state. (Source: CFIA)

Why is organic more expensive?


It isn’t always. But organic farming is more labor and management intensive. Organic-certified operations must have a plan and keep records that verify their compliance. Organic farms are also usually smaller than conventional farms and may not benefit from the economies of scale that larger growers get.

Canada’s Organic Standards cover everything from seeds to weeds to transportation.

Is Organic food better for you?


The jury is still out. Some studies show that organics provide greater levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus than non-organic varieties, while being significantly lower in nitrates and pesticide residues. Other studies have found there isn’t much nutritional difference between organic and conventional foods.

When you consider the effects of conventional pesticides in soils and waterways, more organic production is probably a good thing for everyone’s health.

The BOTTOM LINE:

Going organic is a personal choice, but it’s not a decision you should have to make on cost alone. That’s why London Drugs is committed to offering you some of the best organic options out there, at great prices. 
That’s the REAL Green Deal! Happy Organic Week!

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