July 3rd, 2016

Made from Milk Jugs! Play a Little Greener This Summer with Green Toys

Looking for some more sustainable toys that can also teach the little ones a thing or two about recycling? Take a look at the Green Toys line. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, these great looking vehicles are bright, durable and perfect for the beach or playground.

Green Toys ScooperThe toys are made from recycled milk jugs (#5 PP plastic) and packaged in recycled (and recyclable) cardboard cartons printed with soy inks. They also contain no glues, screws or paint.

According to their website, 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.

The Recycling Truck is the star of their video, but the line also includes the Dumper, Scooper, Tug Boat and Helicopter.

So grab some Green Toys and head for the sandbox. And don’t forget to recycle your milk jug!

Green Toys Recycle Truck

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.

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
  • 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…

December 14th, 2015

The Great Green Gift Basket 2015


18 ideas from $3 – $30 to please those hard-to-buy-for 
eco-minded folks on your list and gift the planet a little along the way.
1, 2. For furry green friends: Grab a LOOFAH ORGANIC DOG TOY ($9.99) 
or ‘The world’s eco-friendliest’ WOOLY 
CAT TOY ($4.99)
3. Knock on wood. Made in Canada from Canadian maple, eh! MADEWOOD 
4. Grab a cup to go. 100% e-cycle plastic with no-spill lid ALADDIN RECYCLED & RECYCLABLE MUG ($14.99)
5. Feel the Love. Certified organic, non-GMO and gluten-free. Definitely not naughty. HIPPIE GARDEN CHIPS ($5.99)
6. Dip it good. Organic snackin’ is where it’s at. QUE PASA CHIPS ($3.69)
7. Tea for 100. Certified UNCLE LEE’S ORGANIC GREEN TEA 100’s ($3.99)
8. Rewrite. With pens made from recycled milk cartons ONYX + GREEN RECYCLED PENS ($4.99)
9. Dish it up. Throw greener parties with wheat-straw compostable ware WORLD CENTRIC PLATES 20’s ($4.79)
10. Do the Drive. Organic, Local, Fair Trade, Rainforest Certified COMMERCIAL DRIVE COFFEE ($9.98*)
11. Better bee good. 100% Natural BURT’S BEES LIPBALM ($4.99)
12. For the mistletoe lover. 86% pure olive oil, non-GMO KISS MY FACE BAR SOAP ($2.99)
13. Tea for eaters. Certified Organic TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS EATER’S DIGEST TEA ($4.99*)
14. Holiday wake-up. Certified organic,. Fair Trade, BC roasted ETHICAL BEAN COFFEE 340g (13.99)
15. Energize! With green power! ENERGIZER RECHARGE PRO ($29.99)
16. Chocolate!! Certified organic GREEN & BLACK’s 100g ($4.39)
17. Sweet. Certified organic 100% pure Canadian LONDON NATURALS MAPLE SYRUP 375ml ($9.99)
18. And don’t forget… THE BASKET
Try a greener wrapping solution with this all natural LONDON DRUGS WOOD AND SEAGRASS BASKET – In 2 handy sizes ($9.99 – $14.99)
Want to discover more great green products? Look for our in-store signs and visit our greendeal.ca website.
* Prices at time of writing, some sale prices may not remain in effect. 
Check your local store and LondonDrugs.com for updates

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.

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


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’.

December 5th, 2012

Organic sugar with a sweet supply chain story.

When I came across Roger’s Organic Sugar on the London Drugs shelves, I was intrigued. The package states, ‘Certified Organic, Product of Brazil’, but I wanted to know more. Where exactly does it come from? Who is behind it?

So I did what I always recommend GreenDeal shoppers do; turned to the manufacturer’s website and used the contact page to ask some questions. (The speed and detail of the replies says a lot about the company’s sustainability dedication)

The Rogers/Lantic Quality Assurance department got back to me right away to let me know the sugar comes from a Balbo Plantation in Sao Francisco, Brazil. They also linked to a great LA Times article about Agricultural Director Leontino Balbo’s transition to organic cultivation.

The Balbo Group is no small family farm – almost half of all organic sugar consumed in the United States comes from their Sao Francisco mill – but they have made a significant commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Balbo turned the farm organic in 1995, abandoning the pesticides, chemical fertilizers that had served the family’s bottom line for years. Waste from ethanol distillation is turned into a potent fertilizer. Pests are controlled in natural ways. Beneficial critters, such as earthworms, are protected by tilling and harvesting without compacting the soil. Sao Francisco has even returned some acreage to woodland.

It’s amazing what a few clicks can teach you about what you eat.

So if you like your sweetener with a greener flavour, pick up some Roger’s Organic sugar.
It tastes like the real Green Deal to me.

May 1st, 2012

GreenDeal Product Profile – Andalou Naturals: A good exercise in ingredient transparency.

With all the different options out there, how do you know what is best? For some it comes down to what’s inside, yet there are differing opinions on almost every ingredient out there. So it’s up to YOU to do your homework, especially if you have sensitivity to any specific chemicals or natural extracts.That’s why the issue of ingredient transparency is so important. Thankfully, it’s a lot easier with products like Andalou Naturals, because they list all of their ingredients right on their website.
Take their Lavender Shea Body Butter for example. With a bit of clicking around on the Andalou site, you are able to access a complete list of ingredients for this product, including indications of which are organic and fair trade.

Also note that none of the ingredients are listed simply as ‘fragrance’ or ‘color’ – catch-all terms some manufacturers use to avoid disclosing proprietary formulas. (Helpful for their patent protection perhaps, but not useful if you are on the lookout for any particular ingredients that concern you)
So if you want to know more about what’s in the things that go on you, you may want to support companies like Andalou, and/or encourage your favourite brands to follow their example.

Not everyone wants to go on an ingredient treasure hunt, but we all benefit when manufacturers put transparency first.

And that’s the clear Green Deal.