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!

October 19th, 2016

Earth’s Choice Helps Tackle Waste With State-of-the-Art Omnidegradable Coffee Bags.

Earths Choice Biodegradable Coffee Bag

For coffee lovers, keeping beans fresh has always meant sacrificing some waste to the environment. Coffee bags must provide a shelf-stable barrier to oxygen and moisture, while providing a one-way valve to release naturally occurring CO2 from the roasted coffee.

That means most coffee bags are made from plastic that will last for thousands of years in our landfills – or worse, in the natural environment.

In line with their philosophy of offering sustainable products at a reasonable price point, Earth’s Choice wanted to make a better packaging choice.

So they selected a bag from TekPak solutions, made with Organic Compound Plastic (OCP) designed to break down in any environment where microbes are present – landfill, oceans, soil – eventually leaving only water, CO2 and a tiny percentage of organic matter.

Earths Choice Coffee London Drtugs biodegradable bag Green Deal Sustainability ProductEarth’s Choice says the bag is currently the only one of this type in Canada, and will decompose in less than 5 years in any post-consumer facility. (Standard coffee bags on the market can remain in a landfill for over 500 years, or multiple generations)

This packaging material complies with ASTM standards for biodegradability, and the TekPak website also has a lot of interesting information on different kinds of plastics, degradable and otherwise.

Unfortunately, the bag won’t yet break down as fast as the coffee grounds themselves, but it’s definitely a big step in the right direction. Add that to its organic and fair trade certification, and that makes Earth’s Choice a great choice when you are looking for your next green caffeine fix.

June 16th, 2016

YOU can help stop FOOD WASTE! Here are 5 things we can all do!

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Links:

Ontario-based consulting firm Value Chain Management International (VCMI) Study – http://vcm-international.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Food-Waste-in-Canada-27-Billion-Revisited-Dec-10-2014.pdf

Quest Food Exchange – http://www.questoutreach.org/

Alberta Food Bank – http://www.albertafoodbanks.org/

http://www.albertafoodbanks.org/london-drugs-partnership

 

Canadians waste $31 billion in food each year.* When that food decomposes in a landfill, it creates methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gasses. So our environment pays the ultimate price. It’s up to us all to do what we can to make food waste history.

Where food waste comes from:*

  • Consumers – 47%
  • Retail – 10%
  • On Farm – 10%
  • Processing, Transport & Distribution – 24%
  • Restaurants & Hotels – 9%

What YOU can do:

1. Compost your Food Scraps Vancouver treats food waste as “a resource,” says Carrie Hightower, a technical adviser in Metro Vancouver’s zero-waste implementation program, sending it to commercial composters like Harvest Power where an anaerobic digester converts organic waste into green energy.

2. Switch to smaller dishes and portions  The standard plate is up to 36% larger than it was 50 years ago!*** So while 6 oz of pasta on an 8” plate looks reasonable, the same 6 oz on a 12” plate may look more like an appetizer.

3. Give uneaten Food a second chance Put that old banana in a smoothie. Make vegetable soups, or try your hand at freezing & home canning!

4. Never waste water-intensive foods such as meat Throw away that burger and you’re wasting more than just food. Producing 1 kg of animal protein requires about 100 times more water than producing 1 kg of grain protein!**

5. Try the FoodKeeper App to help keep track of expiry dates This handy little app gives you information on food storage times, helping organize your meals to make the best of food you have.

What is London Drugs doing about Food Waste?

Every store has a program in place, with connections to multiple organizations across Western Canada.
In small rural communities or single markets we work with local charities, food banks or churches. If that’s not an option, items are returned to our distribution centre and forwarded to one of our larger partners.

In BC we partner with Quest Food Exchange, whose goal is ‘reducing hunger with dignity’. Unusable items are put into an organics recycling program.

In Alberta we partner with the Alberta Food Bank in Edmonton and Calgary. These fine groups also provide education and support, like nutritional seminars and kitchen classes.

More towns & cities are creating infrastructure for organics recycling. We are happy to share our knowledge and learning with any organizations or agencies involved in reducing food waste.

In the first quarter of 2016, we diverted or gave out over 72 Tons of food!

Learn more. Visit our website for blogs, videos, articles and products that help you live a little greener.
http://www.greendeal.ca

December 14th, 2015

The Great Green Gift Basket 2015

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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 
CUTTING BOARD ($19.99*)
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.
greendeal.ca
* Prices at time of writing, some sale prices may not remain in effect. 
Check your local store and LondonDrugs.com for updates

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.

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.

February 27th, 2015

CLIF Bar – An energy snack that’s helping power 
organic farming in Canada.

L4959268You might not expect the #1 energy bar in North America to be big on organic. But it is. Meet Brian Krumm, a fourth generation farmer from Saskatchewan, and a proud supplier of organic oats to Clif Bar.

In this amazing video, Brian tells the story of his family farm and why he made the switch to organic way back in 1996. It’s a testament to the food-based approach that Clif Bar takes, and it’s no surprise that they are a family and employee-owned business as well.

They use as much organic as possible, (70% in their original energy bars and Mojo bars, and their upcoming Z-Bars for Kids will be fully Certified Canada Organic)
Clif Bar keeps the environment, community and people on top of their list of corporate goals, even as they grow.

So when you’re out and about, hiking, biking or just going for a stroll, take a few Clif Bars along.

It’s the Real Green Deal of pocket snacks!

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.

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