November 10th, 2016

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

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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 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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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

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!

September 17th, 2015

Nature’s Path shows why the importance of organic goes beyond what’s in the box

It can sometimes be hard to see what the real difference is between organic and non organic products. But there are a lot of differences in the way they are made. Nature’s Path is sharing that message with their latest video, ‘We Are All Farmers’. If you’ve never thought of yourself as a farmer, you just might after watching this. Have a great #OrganicWeek 2015!

Want to taste it for yourself? Nature’s Path products are available at your local London Drugs.

February 27th, 2015

CLIF Bar – An energy snack that’s helping power 
organic farming in Canada.

L4959268You might not expect the #1 energy bar in North America to be big on organic. But it is. Meet Brian Krumm, a fourth generation farmer from Saskatchewan, and a proud supplier of organic oats to Clif Bar.

In this amazing video, Brian tells the story of his family farm and why he made the switch to organic way back in 1996. It’s a testament to the food-based approach that Clif Bar takes, and it’s no surprise that they are a family and employee-owned business as well.

They use as much organic as possible, (70% in their original energy bars and Mojo bars, and their upcoming Z-Bars for Kids will be fully Certified Canada Organic)
Clif Bar keeps the environment, community and people on top of their list of corporate goals, even as they grow.

So when you’re out and about, hiking, biking or just going for a stroll, take a few Clif Bars along.

It’s the Real Green Deal of pocket snacks!

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 21st, 2013

London Drugs goes Green Thumb with the Hastings North Community Garden

An empty lot that was once home to a London Drugs store is now growing broccoli in aisle 3. On opening day, August 10th, spirits were high as neighbours planted, watered and enjoyed the sun. Check out our opening day video to see the green action for yourself.

This location, in the 2500 block of East Hastings Street in Vancouver, was slated to be built into a mixed-use retail residential development, but market conditions led to a delay in that project. Rather than let the lot sit empty, the real estate team at London Drugs partnered with Shifting Growth to sponsor a temporary urban garden on the site. (The Hastings Street London Drugs store #7 is still operating in a location right next door)

The Shifting Growth organization has a total of three community garden locations in Vancouver, with a fourth in the planning stages.

With 170 plots, three fruit trees and a community herb bed, this garden has created a lot of interest around the neighbourhood. This East Vancouver community has a history of people growing their own food, but not everyone has the space. The infrastructure is mobile, so when development starts, plots can be moved to another Shifting Growth site.

In the meantime, we’ll watch for the tomatoes to ripen.
For more information visit hastingsnorthgarden.com

March 29th, 2013

Yes, Virginia, there is a Fair Trade, Organic Easter Bunny.

camino-bunny-MEDWith all the excitement, hopping around the house on a Sunday morning and eating candy before breakfast, you can also enjoy an extra warm fuzzy feeling from this Fair Trade, Organic Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny from Camino, available at London Drugs.

Camino is a Canadian brand of fair trade and organic food products, owned by the Ottawa-based La Siembra Co-operative. La Siembra works directly with 23 producer co-ops, supporting more than 39,500 family farmers.

According to their website, Camino sources ingredients from co-operatives of family farmers in Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Sri Lanka.

The bunny contains 83% FairTrade Certified ingredients by dry weight, and is certified organic by QAI. Even the box is made with 100% recycled paper cardboard.
So why not add a taste of fair trade to the Easter Basket this year? It might just put a little extra spring into your step.

February 10th, 2012

Feel the Green Love this Valentines and help give a Million Dollars to Food Banks!


Here’s a heartfelt Valentine’s Day gift that says ‘I want our high-fiber love to live forever!’ And to share the love, for each bag sold, Nature’s Path will donate an equal value, up to $1 million in cash and food, to food banks!
Nature’s Path makes some of the best organic cereals around, and their new line of Love Crunch Granola takes it over the top. Check out these flavours:

Apple Crumble – with tart organic green apple pieces, roasted organic pecans and cinnamon.

Aloha Blend – Toasted coconut, juicy pineapple and white chocolate chunks. It’s like a crunchy pina colada for breakfast!

Dark Chocolate & Red Berries – Chocolate covered strawberries and raspberries! Made with real organic Italian chocolate, organic freeze dried berries and organic flax seeds. Each has at least 14 grams of whole grains per serving and no cholesterol, sodium or trans fat. Crazy love!

Bring a little Love Crunch to your morning. It’s a breakfast romance that you can keep going all year long!

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