July 25th, 2017

5 Things You Need to Know About Greener Sunscreen.

Great Green Sunscreen Info Graphic

Sunscreen is one of those things we are supposed to apply liberally to our arms, legs, face, kids… so what’s actually IN it? How does it work? Are some sunscreens ‘greener’ than others? Here’s some information for your consideration from the London Drugs’ What’s the Green Deal Team:

1. How sunscreen works: There are 2 types:

MINERAL sunscreen creates a layer of particles (zinc or titanium oxide) that deflect the sun’s rays.
Effective immediately
Does not degrade from UV exposure
Does not penetrate the skin
Also effective against UVA rays
Can leave white residue

CHEMICAL sunscreen uses compounds that absorb the sun’s rays and turn them into non-damaging wavelengths.
Easy to apply, non-whitening
Requires wait time to be effective
Chemicals can penetrate skin
Chemicals degrade when exposed to UV

2. Chemical Sunscreen Ingredients
Chemical sunscreens typically contain a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients:
oxybenzone
octinoxate
octisalate
octocrylene
homosalate
avobenzone
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Recently, concerns have been raised about long-term safety of some of these ingredients, particularly oxybenzone (benzophenone-3 ) which, in addition to sun protection, acts as a penetration enhancer. This chemical has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cellular damage.
(Oxybenzone is present in over 500 other North American cosmetic items.)  1

Watch the Spray!
Spray sunscreens have increased in popularity, but some experts don’t recommend them, because of the hazard of inhaling chemicals and particles. 2

3.Look for Broad Spectrum Protection
The suns rays come in different lengths, and it’s a good idea to protect against them all.
UVA radiation
Goes deeper into the skin (dermis).
Causes premature aging and wrinkles.
Causes tanning.
UVB radiation
Affects the skin’s surface (epidermis).
Contributes most to burning of skin.
Damages your eyes. 5

4. Is Higher SPF Better?
People assume that they get twice as much protection from SPF 100 sunscreen as from SPF 50. In reality, the extra protection may be negligible. Used correctly, sunscreen with SPF values in the range of 30 to 50 will offer adequate protection, even for people most sensitive to sunburn.6

UV protection does not follow a linear relationship, meaning that if you apply half of the recommended amount you get LESS than half of the labeled SPF protection.

5. Protect ecosystems and coral too – Biodegradable and Reef Safe options
Researchers have identified four common sunscreen chemicals as toxic to coral health. (oxybenzone butylparaben, octinoxate and a chemical called 4MBC)
Unfortunately, 25 to 60 million bottles worth of sunscreen chemicals wash off into coral reef areas each year. Sunscreens with titanium oxide or zinc oxide, (natural mineral ingredients), have not been found harmful to corals. 4 If you are swimming in nature, choose one of these options.

Great Green Sunscreen Options
London Drugs is pleased to offer a range of sunscreen options. Here are some choices that protect as sustainably as possible:

Aveeno Mineral & Aveeno Baby
Mineral based protection
UVA, UVB protection

Badger Sunscreens
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Mineral Protection
Biodegradable
87% organic ingredients
UVA, UVB protection
What’s the Green Deal Featured

Boo Bamboo Natural Sunscreen
Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide
UVA, UVB protection
Made in Canada

Goddess Garden
Certified organic
Non-Nano, Reef Safe, Non-GMO, Biodegradable
Vegan, Cruelty Free, Paraben and Phthalate Free
UVA, UVB protection
What’s the Green Deal Featured

Green Beaver
Non-nano zinc oxide and titanium oxide mineral protection
100% natural, biodegradable and reef friendly
Made in Canada
UVA, UVB protection
What’s the Green Deal Featured

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc
Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide
UVA, UVB protection

Trying a new sunscreen?
Test a little on a small area of skin. If you have a reaction, please bring the product back.

LEARN MORE at greendeal.ca 
Blogs, videos, articles & products to help you live a little greener.

Sources:

Source: London Drugs Health Blog 2014 – http://healthblog.londondrugs.com/suncare-update-2014
Source: Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Report 2017 – http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/#.WW_md4qQxE5
ENvironmental Working Group – Do the Chemicals in your sunscreen damage fragile coral reefs? – http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2016/07/do-chemicals-your-sunscreen-damage-fragile-coral-reefs#.WW_vvIqQxE4
US National Park Service Bulletin – Protect Yourself, Protect the Reef! – https://cdhc.noaa.gov/_docs/Site%20Bulletin_Sunscreen_final.pdf
Canadian Skin Cancer Foundtion -http://www.canadianskincancerfoundation.com/sun-screen.html
Environmental Working Group – What’s wrong with high SPF? – http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/whats-wrong-with-high-spf/#.WW_054qQxE4

April 21st, 2017

London Drugs Reaches Battery Collection Milestone – Over 300,000 kg Recycled with Call2Recycle®!

300,000Kg of batteries recycled by London Drugs

It’s an amazing save! London Drugs, in partnership with Call2Recycle®, has now diverted over 300,000 kg of batteries from landfill since 2000. That’s the equivalent weight of 1.7 million hockey pucks. London Drugs is the first Western Canada-based retailer in the Call2Recycle program to reach this recycling milestone.

Seventeen years ago, London Drugs began offering the Call2Recycle battery take-back program to its customers in its stores throughout Western Canada.  Originally accepting only rechargeable batteries, the program expanded to include single-use batteries (such as AA, AAA, 9v, etc.) in 2010 in BC and in 2012 to the rest of western Canada. London Drugs now averages about 50,000 kg of batteries collected annually.

“We are committed to offering sustainable options for our customers — not only through the products we sell, but also by providing solutions for the proper end-of-life management for those products,” says Maury McCausland, London Drugs Retail Operations Sustainability Specialist. “Offering an in-store battery recycling program to our customers aligns with our overall environmental commitment to ensure we are lessening our impact on our planet and in our communities.”

“Since our program launched in Canada 20 years ago, we have successfully collected and recycled over 13.5 million kilograms of batteries,” said Joe Zenobio, president of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. “Without the commitment to responsible recycling from collection partners like London Drugs, this accomplishment wouldn’t be possible.”

And it wouldn’t be possible without YOU bringing in those old batteries. So save them up, bring them to your local London Drugs and let’s keep piling on the numbers.

For more information on London Drugs recycling, visit http://greendeal.ca/recycling

January 31st, 2017

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Recycle at London Drugs

You probably recycle the basics. But there are some things you might not have thought of that you can get out of your closets and keep out of the landfill. Check out this video of one of our new Recycling Centres surprising a few shoppers at our Cambie St. Store in Vancouver. Then check the list below to see what YOU can recycle on your next trip to London Drugs.

Smoke alarm recycling at London Drugs1. Smoke Alarms – After a while they stop working. Or maybe you upgrade to newer technology. Whatever the reason, if you end up with an old smoke alarm IT SHOULD NEVER GO IN THE LANDFILL! Smoke alarms actually contain very small amounts of radioactive material, and this should always be recycled responsibly. Bring it to your local LD store and we’ll take care of it.

Recycling a Vacuum Cleaner at London Drugs2. Your Old Vacuum Cleaner – When it no longer sucks, bring it to London Drugs. Our recycling partner breaks the units down and recycles them responsibly. In fact, London Drugs takes back any kind of small appliance with a cord. (Here’s me getting rid of an old clunker and buying a sweet new Dyson!)

3. Microwave Ovens – Yes, London Drugs takes these appliances, too. No, it probably WON’T get picked up if you just leave it in the alley.

VHS tapes recycling4. Old VHS Tapes – When that old copy of Gone With The Wind is finally toast, bring it to London Drugs. We make sure old media finds a new life as waste-to-energy instead of taking up landfill space. (Limits per customer per visit may apply – ask at your local LD store) Bring in the old VHS player too, if you like. We recycle all sorts of electronics as well.

recycling old cables and chargers5. Cords, Cables and Chargers – Who doesn’t have a drawer containing some old, unidentified electronic spaghetti? It all contains copper, plastic and electronic components that can be recovered. Bring it on.

Find out more at greendeal.ca – You can recycle all sorts of stuff at London Drugs without making an extra trip to the depot.

December 13th, 2016

The 12 Green Days of Christmas

Brought to you by the holiday’s most famous countdown song, London Drugs and What’s the Green Deal proudly present this Greener Christmas Carol. You know how it goes… come on, sing along!

12 Organic Chocolates

12 Organic Chocolates Green & Blacks is one of the tastiest ways to say you care for that green person on your list. This 12-pack includes classic flavours like Milk Chocolate, 70% Cacao Dark, Almond, Hazelnut & Currant and more… all Certified Organic and Fair Trade.

11 Beeswax Lipsticks OK, this great line of lipsticks actually comes in 14 colours, but we needed SOMETHING for number 11 ! These Burt’s Bees lipsticks are made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils, their packaging is completely recyclable and the container is even made with 60% post-consumer-waste recycled content. That’s worth a kiss.

10 LED Lights Gone are the electricity-sucking holiday lights of old… at least they should be! LED technology uses 80-90% less energy, while lasting WAY longer. The Apex Outdoor Sparkle Orbs look (and run) cool.  Remember, you can recycle your old light sets for free at your local London Drugs!

9 Green Pens Writing Onyx & Green makes a whole line of more eco-friendly office and school supplies, and when it comes to pens you can take your pick. Made from recycled plastic bottles, sustainable bamboo, recycled aluminum, or recycled milk cartons. Green list made & checked twice.

8 Organic Coffees Earth’s Choice. Commercial Drive. Kicking Horse. Ethical Bean. For the coffee lover in your life, London Drugs has a great selection that’s Certified Organic and Fair Trade and comes with 100% local character.

7 Plugs Unplugging The TreeFrog Smart Power Bar 7 saves electricity by automatically shutting off selected plugs (like your printer and monitor) when you shut off your computer. Duh! Smart green gift!

6 Brushes Brushing EcoTools cosmetics brushes are made with recycled aluminum and bamboo.  Beautifully soft on resources. And your face.

5 Great Green Toys!!! (Made with recycled plastic……) Green Toys are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic. (#5 Polypropylene from recycled milk jugs) and packaged in recycled (and recyclable) cardboard cartons printed with soy inks. They also contain no glues, screws or paint. Every pound of recycled milk jugs used to create a Green Toys product saves enough energy to power 3,000 AAA batteries, a TV for 3 weeks or a laptop computer for a whole month. Oh, and they are really fun to go ‘vroom’ with.

4 Batteries Charging When batteries aren’t included, give the gift that keeps giving. Rechargeables are better for the planet and your pocketbook (We’ve done the math!) Try the Energizer Pro Charger with 4AA’s – it even shows you the charging stages so you know where your holiday energy level is at.

3 Reusable Boxes Give a gift that stores itself! Wrap your present in one of these classy reusable storage boxes with a big red ribbon. Extra green points if you choose a classy seagrass basket made with natural materials.

2 Organic Syrups Sweet gift ideas that work on pancakes, oatmeal or even in your coffee. London Naturals Organic Syrup for the classic Canadian maple experience or Wild Tusker Coconut Syrup, made from 100% pure coconut sap collected from organically grown coconut plantations in Sri Lanka.

And a place where you recycle for free…. Your local London Drugs store will take back all sorts of electronics, small appliances, plastic bags, batteries, light bulbs, and more. (Even broken holiday lights!) We will even take back packaging from any purchase you make in our stores with our Bring Back the Pack program. Find out more at greendeal.ca

However you choose to celebrate YOUR holidays, here’s hoping it’s a wonderful time filled with love, laughter and joy. That’s the REAL Green Deal.

November 28th, 2016

London Drugs Celebrates #BCBuyLocal Week with Local BC and Western Canadian Products.

London Drugs Local Products

As a proud Western Canadian Owned Company (Based in Richmond BC) London Drugs knows the value of a strong, local economy. So this week we take extra care to focus on products made right here by our neighbours and friends. Here are just a few of them, from companies large and small. Whether you live in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba, we hope you will share these local success stories and help spread the word.

Nature's Path Organic CerealNature’s Path  This company is an international success story, growing to become North America’s largest organic cereal maker. Much production is done south of the border now, but the company started here and is still headquartered in Richmond, BC.

Que Pasa Organic ChipsAnd don’t forget Que Pasa Tortilla Chips, (also brought to you by Natures Path), these chips are organic, delicious and made in a zero waste plant right in Delta BC.

Love Child Organics How about a BC company started by two new parents in Whistler? Can you GET any more local than that? Love Child has a great line of baby foods, and they work hard to produce in Canada and use North American ingredients wherever possible.

Holy Crap! From Dragon’s Den to commercial success, we are proud to have this organic, non-GMO star on our shelves. You just have to try it.

Hippie Foods GranolaHippie Foods  Another made-in-BC granola success story, this great brand comes from Left Coast Naturals, in Burnaby.

New World Organics From a small organic food store in East Vancouver, this local business continues to grow. You can buy their delicious granola in 908g packs, saving both packaging and money. It’s one of the best granola Green Deals in our store!

London Drugs Organic Coffee Selection

Locally Roasted Coffee! Your London Drugs coffee section is a virtual tour of amazing local roasters: Earth’s Choice, Ethical Bean, Salt Spring, Kicking Horse, Commercial Drive, Pacific Coffee… with all these fair trade and organic options, you don’t have to go any further. (And for Green Deal hunters, there’s almost always something on sale!)

Fresh is Best Tortilla Chips One of the tastiest products to ever come out of Kamloops, BC.

Hardbite Local BC chipsHardbite Chips Farmer-owned and farmer-grown, Hardbite operates BC’s only potato chip manufacturing plant. This company is so local they even have BC scenes on their packaging.

Bremner’s Juice Family owned right down the way in Delta, BC. This line of pure juices is just that – no additives, no sugar… just fruit!

Adwood Pine CrateAdwood Pine Crate Here’s a great product made from BC wood by a BC company – its sustainable, durable and looks terrific, whether you leave it unfinished or decorate it with your own local artistic touches.

black-mountain-vinylLocal Music There are some amazing bands right here in Western Canada – from 54-40’s CD of love songs (Delta, BC) to Alberta’s Jann Arden to Saskatchewan’s Northern Pikes. And you can get their music right here at London Drugs. We even have Vancouver’s Black Mountain on Vinyl in our amazing record section!

Manitoba Harvest Manitoban Mike Fata started this company back in 1998, and now they are the world’s largest manufacturer to grow, make, and sell their own line of hemp food products.

London Orchard Honey Made from pure Manitoba honey, manufactured by Manitoba bees.

Do YOU have a local product you’d like us to feature, or carry on our shelves? Let us know!

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!)

June 22nd, 2016

London Drugs Gibsons celebrates Green Living at the 2016 Gibsons Home & Garden Expo

London Drugs Gibson Home Show Pano

– By Chris Odgaard, Manager, London Drugs Gibsons

On Saturday, June 18th the LD Gibsons team attended the 2016 Gibsons Home and Garden Expo at the Gibsons Community Centre. The theme for this year’s show was ‘Sustainable Living, Green Future’ so it was a great opportunity to showcase our What’s the Green Deal sustainability program.

Kirsten from Webber Natirals

Kristin from Webber Naturals was a hit!

We themed our booth, ‘Better Choices for Better Living’. This allowed us to touch on the many better consumer offerings we highlight in our stores with the Green Deal signage.  We also brought along Kristin, a nutritionist from Webber Naturals, to help us talk about some of our health-related products and services.

The show was PACKED and we spoke to a lot of people about our Green Deal programs and products. It was a good opportunity to get feedback directly from customers, and response was extremely positive. Kristin, our Webber Nutritionist was extremely popular at the event and told us that this was the first event she had ever attended where she actually ran out of ballots for her gift basket draw!

We had other vendors support us with handouts and educational materials as well. Thanks to Tri-Mor/Hamilton Beach, Tree of Life for the Nakd Bars, Jamieson for the Gift Basket and Vega for the samples and literature.

Thanks also to Cathy Kovacs (Assistant Store Manager) and MariAnn Ostrosky (Supervisor) for planning and participating in the event, as well as Maury McCausland (Sustainability Coordinator), Lorne Craig (our Green Deal blogger), and Shelley Engelhardt (Marketing) for their help.

Based on our experience, we will definitely look at doing this again next year.

London Drugs booth at Gibsons Home and Garden Show

Many customers were surprised to learn about our many greener choice products.

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!

HP-planet-montage

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

April 22nd, 2016

London Drugs Earth Day Event Brings Recycling, Education and Great Green Deals to Courtenay BC, April 23rd 2016

#67 Earth Day for webFrom 11am to 3pm come on by the London Drugs at Driftwood Mall in Courtenay, BC,  and bring your old electronics – the Courtenay Return-It Depot will be helping to host an E-Waste collection in the parking lot. The first 30 customers will receive 1 Rialto Theatre movie pass and all participants in our National Challenge will receive 1 entry form for a chance to win a $150 pre-paid Visa card.* (*Visit driftwoodmall.ca/ewasterecyclingchallenge-2 for more details)

Gayle Bates from Comox Strathcona Waste Management Services will also be dropping by to share learning and tips on waste reduction and you can  check out the great Green Deals on a super selection of more sustainable products.

Happy Earth Day!

March 29th, 2016

From your junk drawer to Zero Waste, our Green Deal sustainability story has it all!

London Drugs Green Deal Sustainability Overview Earth Month 2016

Once upon a time…

There was a lonely flip phone. One of millions of discarded recyclables looking for a better place to call home. Fortunately, London Drugs was launching a program to make recycling as easy as a trip to the store.  The year was 2008 Here’s our story.

The London Drugs philosophy is to support the communities we serve. Years before 2008, our stores had offered recycling, our photo labs treated their water and our operations reduced their impacts. But it was time to take our sustainability journey further.
What’sthe Green Deal? began as a question, because we always want to seek better sustainability answers.

Our 4 Pillar Strategy:

1. WASTE REDUCTION – Over 93% Of all store waste is diverted from landfill by our employees.

2. ENERGY & OPERATIONS – Better warehouse design & lighting, biodiesel in our trucks and more.

3. UPSTREAM BUYING – Our  Responsible Purchasing Policy helps show vendors exactly what we expect when it comes to their supply chain standards.

4. EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION – Our outreach events, sponsorships, Twitter feed @WTGreenDeal and our greendeal.ca website & blog help share greener living tips with the whole community.

What can customers recycle at London Drugs?

  • Electronics
  • Small Appliances
  • Packaging from our products including Styrofoam
  • Plastic Bags
  • Insurance Plastic Folders
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Cell Phones
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs & Fluorescent Light Tubes (up to 48”)
  • Disposable Cameras
  • Ink jet Cartridges
  • Laser Cartridges
  • Metal Film Canisters

WHERE does our recycling go?

  • Global Electric Electronic 
Processing (GEEP)
  • e-Cycle
  • FOAM ONLY
  • Cascades Recovery
  • Call2Recycle
  • Light Recycle
  • Various Recycling Partners

Responsible Recycling

Our recycling partners are certified and reviewed to ensure no unprocessed material is sent to substandard offshore facilities
London Drugs will take back all of your packaging from our products. 
Including the Styrofoam!

Don’t dump drugs!
 Our pharmacists take back all unused or expired medications, so they don’t pollute lands and waters.

Thanks to our customers and employees, our average yearly recycling totals over 11 MILLION lbs !

For those who like to shop a little greener… We identify Green Deal products with environmental benefits at the shelf and online.

The Zero Waste QUESTION – Can we create NEW products from  the ‘waste’  material streams that come from our recycling?

We already have one closed-loop product on our shelves. Cascades recycled paper products are made from cardboard and paper partially sourced from our waste recycling streams. And we’re still looking for even more ways to get to Zero Waste.

LEARN MORE Visit our website for blogs, videos articles, and products that help you live a little greener.  greendeal.ca

The story continues…

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