November 28th, 2016

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

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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!

March 8th, 2016

London Drugs RecycleBag helps spread the Green Deal word to big crowds at the Healthy Family Expo 2016.

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It was a happy herd of moms, dads, toddlers and tots (and the occasional stroller gridlock) that descended on the Vancouver Convention Centre East Sunday March 6th. Some of our favourite Green Deal brands were also there, including Nature’s Path, Seventh Generation, New World Natural Foods and our booth-mates, Earths Choice, serving up delicious organic coffee all day long.

It was a great way for families to sample tasty treats, look for healthier, greener product alternatives and enter to win some great prizes.

Family-expo-RecycleBag-LCBut one of the most popular items was our recycled (and recyclable) What’s the Green Deal RecycleBag, which lists the things you can recycle at London Drugs. We gave every single one of them out, and it was gratifying to see so many families taking home our message of recycling.

Big thanks to Maria and Kevin from our Olympic Village location and Tracy and Ty, from our Davie Street Store for hanging out and handing out all day long. Bonus points for Ty who was our official spokes-voice, starring on the Healthy Family Expo video!

If you want to know more about the Healthy Family Expo, have a look at some of the photos below and check out their website. It was a great day of activities, music and green goodies!

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Ray from Earth’s Choice was the all-day organic coffee guy who kept us going!

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Ty puts on his interview face.

 

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The London Drugs Green Deal RecycleBags were everywhere at the show!

 

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Natire’s Path was serving up their EnviroKidz organic cereals. Mmmm!

 

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Climbing walls, concerts, free healthy snacks – lots to keep the kids busy!

February 22nd, 2016

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

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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 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 31st, 2015

The Green Teen Back-to-School Blog Hack

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Hello! My name is Jaxon, and I am temporarily hijacking this blog tell you about some cool, sustainable back-to-school stuff – with a tour through your classic nine-to-three school weekday.

Morning time! Here you are at the kitchen counter. Instead of blindly scrambling for something in the cupboard, grab a bag of Hippie Granola! Certified organic, it’s sure to help you realize how good sustainability tastes. Want a sweeter cereal deal? Try Envirokidz from Nature’s Path. Every box helps out endangered species… how cool is that! Done with cereal? Need protein? There’s always Adams Peanut Butter! Completely 100% natural with no preservatives, the only ingredients are peanuts and salt!

Get to school! Do you ask your parents for a ride? Absolutely not! You walk! If that’s too far, you bike! If that’s still too far, you bus! Or you can even walk your bike on a bus if you want to!

It’s the first day at school! You’re a little excited, but somewhat nervous. In fact, you even almost forgot your new pencil case! The Onyx Green one, made with natural and biodegradable materials. As it happens, your pens are also Onyx Green, with casings made out of recycled tetra-pak cartons! And the pencils? Staedtler brand, made of Wopex material, containing wood made from PEFC certified forests, which means the trees are treated nicely. And really. You would much rather have your pencils made of happy trees as opposed to sad ones.

Ahhh, recess. Everyone in the school desperately trying to cram as much exercise as possible into 20 minutes. And, of course, the time of the snack. You reach into the pit that is your lunch bag and what do you pull out? Why, it’s a Clif bar! But not just any Clif bar. It’s a Clif Z-bar! Certified absolutely organic! The hardest ingredient to pronounce is triticale(trih-tih-kay-lee), and that’s a plant! And look! It’s drizzled! This stuff is gold in kids eyes! Oh! There’s the bell. Back to class.

Now, it’s time to take some notes on something you haven’t heard of yet. Best take out your paper. Some random paper made out of poor badly-treated forests? Why, no! Instead, use recycled paper, like this Hilroy 150 page-pack! The trees will forever be your friends! Yay! There’s the lunch bell!

Lunchtime! My favourite time of the day. Pigging out on the delicious snacks packed in my lunch bag this morning. The best lunch bags are insulated and reusable, PVC-Free, BPA Free with no phthalates. Inside, go for reusable food containers – no more piles of lunch litter!
Whaaat…? Back to class already?! C’mon! Longer lunch periods!

It’s the last five minutes of class and I need to make my last minute homework notes. These Post-it notes are now made with 100% recycled paper, and are recyclable! And the glue is made from plants!  They’re classic, they’re sticky, and they’re sustainable. And how about this. Did you know that you can make paper out of rocks? I know, crazy huh!? But somehow, the people at… guess who… Onyx Green did it, with their tree-free notebooks. Yeah! Final bell! Time to go home.

OK, gotta keep up with the texting. But at the end of the day, all your new technology becomes old. And when you get new stuff, just remember, you can recycle your old stuff.
LD takes care of that stuff sustainably and securely, destroying any… questionable data with care. Cause hey. If you don’t recycle your old stuff, why should you get any new stuff?

April 10th, 2015

Your Guide to Going Gluten Free … Organically!

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‘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!  

If you could make one little shift in your diet that would put you on the path to health, would you? For millions of people, going gluten free has changed their lives and improved their health dramatically. While a gluten free lifestyle might not be for everyone, everyone can enjoy gluten free food – when it’s delicious and nutritious, of course.

So, how can you get the best of gluten free? Quality is key when it comes to gluten free. At Nature’s Path, we’ve been creating tasty gluten free options for 30 years using organic ingredients that offer a balanced profile of fibre, carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats so your body gets all the nutrients you need to thrive.

These tips will help you get the best of gluten free:

  • Become a label detective: Gluten hides everywhere – as do food additives – so choose organic, non-GMO food made without artificial ingredients.
  • Eat organic. By choosing gluten-free foods that are also organic, you can avoid consuming harmful pesticides.
  • Ask questions. It’s OK to have questions about going gluten-free, so speak to a registered dietitian or doctor.
  • Have a plan. This easy to follow gluten free meal plan from culinary nutritionist Amie Valpone will get you started with gourmet recipes – as well as tips for stocking your gluten free pantry.
  • Most important, enjoy! When you put quality and your health first, you’ll have a range of tasty products, from cereals to superfoods to waffles to snack bars, to keep you nourished and satisfied.

December 3rd, 2013

Want to shop a little more local for Christmas? London Drugs is right up your street.

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There are a lot of reasons to join the local economy. From supporting good jobs to contributing to your community, spending your dollars locally makes a difference. But thinking local can go beyond artisans and craft fairs. London Drugs is 100% Canadian Owned, and we service our network of 78 stores from our head offices right here in Western Canada (Richmond, BC) We employ some 7000 people, focusing on truly serving the communities in which we operate. Because of our Canadian roots, and our regional focus, we work to stock a selection of Canadian and local market products. Here are just a few examples that might put a little more local love under your tree.

Fresh Is Best Tortilla Chips – Made in small batches in the pseudo-Mexican desert of Kamloops BC, these original snacks will add a dash of festive colour to your table.

L3741188Manitoba Honey – Our London Orchard brand of honey comes from Manitoba, made by 100% Canadian bees! Perfect for holiday baking and recipes.

Dolce D’Or Chocolates – “Sweet Gold” made in Delta, BC. Which means you can eat more of them (Don’t ask why, it’s just one of those things)

Ganong Chocolates – Did you know this family-owned Canadian company has been making candies and chocolates in New Brunswick for 140 years?!  Their Delecto line is perfect for Christmas gifting. Check out their video story on YouTube here.

Camino Chocolate – a Canadian Organic, FairTrade company that supports family farmers. That calls for another piece of chocolate.

Nature’s Path – A great company that started in BC and is beginning to go mainstream in the US. Dedicated to organic and non-GMO, they make great cereals for stocking up at home, and snack bars for stuffing stockings.

LD-Coffee-smallFair Trade Organic Coffee – Perfect for an office gift or gift basket. We have a huge selection, roasted in Canada, including blends by Commercial Drive, Salt Spring Coffee, Kicking Horse Coffee, Ethical Bean, Level Ground and Earth’s Choice. Find out more about our coffees in our blog post here.

Uncle Luke’s 100% Pure Maple Syrup – A Canadian tradition from a Canadian company who has been making syrup for over 35 years. Who couldn’t use a jug of this sweet love?

Cascades Bathroom Tissue – OK, not the funnest gift to unwrap. But think practically here – with holiday guests arriving, better stock up. 100% Canadian and recycled… from some of the very materials we collect locally!

So next time you are heading out to do some shopping, consider that local comes in different sizes. And remember, when it comes to larger retailers, if you live in Western Canada, London Drugs is about as local as they come.

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’.

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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