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!

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.

April 20th, 2016

What’s REALLY different about Burt’s Bees lipstick? You’ll have to pick one up to find out.

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The iconically green Burt’s Bees brand has been making natural personal care products since they launched their original beeswax lip balm in 1991. Now Burt’s is creating buzz with a new line of lipsticks, formulated and packaged with the same focus on sustainability that has made the brand a green household name. It offers 8-hour moisture, vibrant colour in 14 shades and is made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils.

But that’s not the most interesting difference.

Tulip_Tide_380What you’ll find when you pick up a Burt’s Bees lipstick is that it feels lighter than a traditional lipstick tube. That’s because most lipstick containers are WEIGHTED to give them more heft.

By dropping the weight, Burt’s Bees was able to make their packaging completely recyclable (#5 polypropylene) and the container is even made with 60% post-consumer-waste recycled content.

So not only will your lips feel (and look) naturally great, you can reduce your packaging footprint at the same time. And that’s got to put a smile on your face.

Shop for Burts Bees lipsticks here, and remember, when it’s time to recycle the tube, you can Bring Back the Pack from any purchase you make at London Drugs.

If you are curious to learn more about bees and sustainability, have a look at the Burt’s website. Their collaboration with the Pollinator Partnership began at the onset of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2007, creating the Honeybee Health Improvement Project. It awards annual research grants to scientists seeking solutions to improve honeybee health.

Burt’s Bees also managed to maintain their green standards when, in 2007, the company was purchased by Clorox. (They send zero waste to landfill, turning waste products into biomass-based fuel. electricity and even cement)

Burt’s Bees culture has even been credited with bringing a wider sustainability mandate to Clorox, and they represent a great example of a company and product line that we are proud to highlight in our Green Deal program.

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.

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 13th, 2015

Onyx+Green – a Canadian company making school and office supplies more sustainable.

Onyx+Green sustainab;le back-to-school supplies

One bamboo writing instrument may not seem like a big green deal, but consider this: According to the EPA, Americans throw away 1.6 billion disposable pens every year. (Yes, BILLION!) That’s a lot of waste to write off. So if you want to make a green difference you can see and touch every day, consider your school and office supplies.

Onyx+Green Recycled PensWrite with recycled pride. Onyx + Green offers pens and mechanical pencils made from from bamboo. recycled aluminum, recycled PET plastic (the kind from recycled drink bottles) and even recycled carton material.

L8817652Cut into waste with biodegradable scissors. Corn-based plastic handles and metal blades mean that these scissors won’t be around for hundreds of years in the landfill when you are done with them.

Go treeless for your notes. These Onyx + Green notepads are made from…. stone. That’s right, crushed stone is bound into smooth, white, water-resistant sheets that consume nary a single twig.

Contain it all with natural materials. Our modern fabrics contain a lot of plastic. But these styling pencil cases are 90% natural and biodegradable (made with a ramie leaf / jute plant blend fabric)

Less packaging is more better. OK, bad grammar. But by using simple paperboard designs (no bubble plastic!) and soy based inks, Onyx+Green has made it easy to keep packaging waste to a minimum. And that’s worth writing about.

The local connection. The products are made in China, but designed in Canada, and importantly, produced by a Canadian-headquartered company (Onyx+Green is a division of Onyx+Blue, a Quebec-based company) so you are supporting Canadian jobs and profits, while still getting affordable products.

If you want to add a sustainable reminder to your everyday school and office routine, take a look at the Onyx+ Green product line. It’s the write Green Deal for Back-to-School. (Sorry, that pun probably gets an F)

January 22nd, 2013

Our Most Sustainable London Drugs Store Yet?

In the heart of Vancouver, one of North America’s most sustainable communities has been built on lands that were once an all-but-forgotten industrial zone. False Creek Village, home to the Vancouver’s 2010 Athlete’s Village, is now a bustling waterfront community. The buildings here are designed to be up to 70% more efficient than your average apartment block. The concept of the urban village is alive and well.

And right in the middle of it all, is London Drugs store #82. But it’s a London Drugs with a difference. Check out our latest GreenDeal video to find out why.

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 9th, 2012

It’s official – people still want to buy from environmentally-friendly retailers, and London Drugs is one Of BC’s Top 10


Customers these days have a lot on their minds, with economic news and lives that seem to get busier every day. So it’s encouraging to see that according to a recent study by Ipsos Reid, a large majority (71%) continue to say that retailers’ actions to preserve and protect the environment are either very or somewhat important in deciding where to shop.

But do they know who fits the bill? It turns out many of them do. Survey respondents were asked to name one retailer they thought best exemplifies an environmentally-friendly business (without a pre-determined list to choose from) and 70% were able to name a retailer that they feel is doing some good.

London Drugs came in at #7, the top-placed ‘general’ retailer in the list, ahead of some very well known and very green competition.

But really, the winners in this contest are the people of British Columbia, and beyond. The more retailers and other companies who make sustainability an important part of their business, the more our shared ecosystems stand to benefit.

So keep watching the sustainability performance of the stores where you shop, and keep voting with your wallet. Because that’s one Green Deal that makes a real difference.

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