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!

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!

August 31st, 2015

The Green Teen Back-to-School Blog Hack

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Text Version with Links:

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?

December 13th, 2013

Buy Everland Organic Coconut Oil and help aid Typhoon Haiyan Recovery.

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In this season for giving, Everland Natural Foods will be donating $0.50 of every Everland Organic Coconut Oil unit sold in December, to charities working to help the Philippines recover from this unprecedented disaster.
(Everland has been featured in our blog before, for helping Pakistan flood victims with their delicious New World granola)

So what is coconut oil used for?

Coconut oil’s popularity is skyrocketing. It has been extracted from coconut ‘meat’ for thousands of years, and used by millions of people in tropical climates. But coconut oil stayed out of the mainstream until recently. We now know that coconut oil is free of cholesterol and trans fats and contains lauric acid, (one of the “good fats”)

People use it for everything from baking and beverages to polishing furniture and seasoning cast iron fry pans. Coconut oil is even extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. (Most of the people in those countries apply coconut oil on their hair every day after bathing or showering!)

So why not try some of this ‘miracle oil’ and help bring a little help to those in the Phillipines who could use a miracle of their own.

January 17th, 2012

Meet the Green Team: Ken Vannucci – Green meets the Real East Vancouver Deal

Walking into the office of Ken Vannucci, the first thing that hits you is the scent of fine coffee, as he fresh-grinds a quick batch before brewing it right at his desk. With 9 brands of Fair Trade and/or organic beans in the London Drugs lineup, it’s just one area where Ken’s green passion and product expertise shine.

“Educated customers want to buy ‘green’ when it comes to food,” Vannucci explains, as he steps up to a shelf merchandising diagram on the wall, “Look, we have Kashi, Nature’s Path, Annie’s Naturals, New World Natural Foods… all right next to the traditional brands. And check out these coffees. Ethical Bean, Commercial Drive and Salt Spring are all roasted right here in the Lower Mainland. You won’t find that at other drug stores.”

Being Merchandise Manager for OTC, Vitamins, Diet and Nutrition, Grocery, Baby and Paper products puts even more on his plate, including herbal and homeopathic products.
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a product like Melatonin to help you sleep. But maybe you want to try something like Traditional Medicinals Organic ‘Nighty Night’ Tea first, and see if a more natural remedy works for you. Or try a combination of the two to use less medication. And if you have any questions, our pharmacists are right there to answer them. Basically, our role should be to help people do a little better overall. And if natural and organic is part of that for you, we have options.”

So does buying with all these ‘green’ variables in mind make his job more difficult? Vannucci just smiles.

“Sure, it would be easier to stock only traditional big brands. And we obviously love those brands, too. But I think giving people choices like organic, natural or gluten-free is part of the positive impact the grocery section can have on peoples‘ health.”

If that all sounds a bit green and fuzzy for a mainstream retailer, Ken’s 20 years of East-Vancouver practicality quickly puts it in real terms.

“There’s no question we are here to make a profit, but London Drugs management really supports me in longer-term decisions to do the right thing. The bottom line is, I want to give people a chance to buy better stuff without having to mortgage the house.”

We’ll raise a cup of fair-trade java to that.

For more of Ken’s Real Green Deal realism, you can follow him on twitter @KootenayBorn

November 24th, 2010

Thanks to granola-eaters, New World is sending $4000 to help Flood victims in Pakistan.


A few months back, we asked you to stock up during New World Granola’s Pakistan Flood Relief program. (See the original video blog here) As a result, the 50¢ a bag that manufacturer New World Natural Foods set aside for the Red Cross came to a tidy $4000. That’s a nice way for a lot of people to help a little and have it really add up. Thanks, Green Deal fans!

September 23rd, 2010

DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Buy New World Granola and 50¢ from every bag goes to help flood victims in Pakistan


Great news! New World Natural Foods has extended their program to help Pakistan until the end of October!

The last time I blogged about New World Natural Foods for GreenDeal.ca, they were raising money for Haiti’s earthquake victims.
That project raised $3600 much-needed dollars for Canadian Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief.
Now when you buy a bag of New World’s excellent granola, they will donate 50¢ to help victims in an even greater disaster – the tragic floods in Pakistan.
New World Granola is is Certified Organic (by Quality Assurance International) and is made right in BC. As a local, family run company, that 50¢ from every bag comes right off the bottom line, so it’s a commitment that means a lot.
Pakistan’s situation is truly deserving of more support than it is getting, so why not stop by your local London Drugs to stock up on New World Granola for the winter and help out? And maybe tweet, blog or Facebook a few friends while you’re at it.

January 25th, 2010

New World Granola offers Haiti Aid with every package.


The outpouring of help for Haiti from all corners of the world just came a bit closer to home. From now until February 28th, Burnaby-Based New World Natural Foods will contribute 50 cents from every bag of granola sold to the Canadian Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief fund.
New World Granola is Certified Organic (by Quality Assurance International) and locally made, which means less greenhouse emissions from shipping compared to brands made further away. It’s also very tasty. I know because I had some this morning.
It should also be noted that it is not easy for a smaller manufacturer to make such a donation. Their pockets aren’t as deep as those of the multinationals, and every penny of profit given up matters a great deal. So next time you’re in London Drugs, stock up on some New World Granola (hey, it’s not a bad idea to have some in your own earthquake kit) and help send a few more dollars to those that need them so badly.