November 22nd, 2016

HP Named 2017 Sustainable Vendor Partner of the Year, for Ink Cartridge Recycling and More.

We have SO many great GreenDeal vendors at London Drugs, it’s always a near-impossible choice to pick just one to recognize. But HP has really gone above and beyond in the electronics sustainability world.

The Best Ink Cartridge Recycling Program

HP has developed a mechanized process to disassemble their ink cartridges and  recycle the material, so that plastic from every HP cartridge returned gets included in new cartridges. Watch the video below as London Drugs Computers Merchandise Manager Cedric Tetzel explains how the program works.

Design for Recycling and ‘Closing the Loop’.

HP puts extra effort into the design of their electronics, so that they use recycled plastic in their manufacture, and are easier to disassemble and recycle at the end of their usable life. 48% of new commercial desktop products contained greater than 10% post-consumer recycled plastic content.

HP does a great job of measuring and reducing their impact world-wide.

The company has already achieved their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 20% by 2020, (compared to 2010) They also scored 100/A for the second consecutive year in the CDP Climate disclosure and performance scores – the highest possible rating. HP scored a ‘Perfect 10’ for corporate social responsibility in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2016. They also have initiatives to benefit communities, workers and reduce deforestation.

Congratulations, HP – you are the REAL Green Deal!

September 22nd, 2016

London Drugs’ Cory Muir takes to the TV airwaves to talk recycling and the Regina Grasslands Fall Recycle Event .

London Drugs Manager Cory Muir talks Recycling

We are always very proud and excited when one of our own dedicated LD team members takes their passion for ‘green’ to the next level. This week it was Store Manager Cory Muir making an appearance on CTV’s Morning Live Regina, with a table full of recycling sidekicks.

What you can recycle at London DrugsCory was highlighting some of the most important recyclables to keep out of landfill, including batteries, plastic bags and CFL light bulbs. He also wanted everyone in the Regina area to know about the first annual Fall Recycle event being held at our Grasslands store on September 24th.
“We are calling out to our customers to search the garage and basement for any item we recycle,” says Muir, “We will have a person from the city of Regina at our event to talk about the blue curb side recycle bins, specifically what can be placed in the bins and how customers can recycle other items at our store.”

That’s particularly important with some of the items people may not remember to recycle.

“A lot of people forget to recycle the small things, small appliances, batteries, light bulbs and Brita water filters to name a few, and unfortunately these end up in landfills,” Muir continues. He encourages everyone to gather up their recyclables and come on down. “We have had all sorts of items come in; old wooden console TV’s; VCR tapes; and from what we understand we are also one of the few places in Saskatchewan that takes microwaves for recycling.”
So if you live in the Regina area, come say hello. And bring down some recyclables of your own.

1st Annual Fall Recycle Event

Saturday September 24th, 1-4PM

London Drugs Grasslands – 4800 Gordon Rd, Regina (306) 949-1986

What to Bring:

  • TV’s
  • VCR’s
  • Computers
  • Small appliances
  • Printers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Light Bulbs
  • Plastic Bags
  • Cell Phones
  • Small Electronics
  • Wires, Cords & Chargers
  • Hard plastics
  • Coat hangers
  • Printer cartridges
  • And more! Here’s a complete list of what we recycle

 

May 31st, 2016

This June, join us to learn more about green tech at the HP Partner for the Planet Workshops. And don’t forget your recycling!

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No one can be sustainable all on their own – making a difference takes partnership. And we are proud to partner with HP – a true leader in technology design and recycling – for some great in-store events in the London Drugs computer department. Workshops run from June 4 – 28. Check the store event listings here to find out when HP will be at your local London Drugs store.

When it comes to printer cartridges, few tech manufacturers match HP’s dedication to sustainability:

  • HP includes recycled plastic in products and designs up front for recyclability.
  • HP offers free take-back and recycling of printer cartridges in more than 50 countries worldwide.
  • In one year, HP has used more than 15 million lbs of recycled plastic as raw material for the manufacture of cartridges.
  • Since 1997 more than 210 million cartridges have been returned to HP for recycling.
  • 3.3 billion plastic bottles and 50 million plastic apparel hangers kept out of landfill through HP’s Canadian formulated closed loop recycling process.
  • Recycled plastic contained in HP cartridges has a 30% smaller carbon footprint than new plastic used in cartridges.
  • See how your printer’s carbon footprint compares! Try the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator.

Ever wonder how a printer cartridge gets recycled? See behind the green scenes in this HP video.

Join our computer techs to find out more, and bring your tech waste for FREE recycling.
If you have HP cartridges, that’s great. But remember, London Drugs takes back all cartridge brands, as well as printers, computers, TVs, DVD and VHS players, batteries and more.

Workshop Dates

March 26th, 2013

Where does London Drugs recycling go?

Circuit boards can contain gold and other precious metals – Photo: L. Craig

For most of our customers, once their recycling is dropped off, it’s out of sight, out of mind. But for London Drugs, the recycling bin is just the beginning of the process.
We do our homework, choosing recyclers who know where your materials go and what happens to them. This is especially important when it comes to electronics, which can contain some pretty hazardous materials.
So here are some quick notes on what goes where when you bring it to our big Blue Box.

Electronics – TV’s, computers, VCR’s, printers and other electronics are shipped to either GEEP (Alberta, Sask. & Man.) or E-Cycle  where they are separated into components such as plastic, glass, circuit boards, tubes, and various metals. Non-toxic materials are sorted and bundled for sale as commodities for remanufacture. Both GEEP and E-Cycle are certified through ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.
Circuit boards and TV tubes are sent to smelters where they are safely melted down and their precious metals recovered.
NO London Drugs electronics for recycling are shipped offshore unprocessed.

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An Electronics Disassembly Line  – Photo: L.Craig

Small Appliances – As with electronics, all our small appliances are disassembled in Canada and separated into commodities.

Cell Phones and Batteries – These items are handled through the Call-2-Recycle program, the only free used battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Cellphones are recycled, refurbished and/or resold. When resold, a portion of the proceeds are donated to select charities. None of the broken down material makes its way into landfills. Batteries are processed at North American facilities, in BC, Ontario, Quebec and Pennsylvania, for recovery of cadmium and lithium.

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Recycled Paper returns to London Drugs as products.

Paper and CardboardCascades Recovery is our partner for recycling paper and cardboard. It is sorted and bundled up at their Surrey facility and sent to Canadian mills for remanufacture into paper products. Some of our recycled cardboard even makes its way back on to store shelves as recycled toilet tissue!

Soft Plastics, Bottles and Medication Containers – These are also collected by Cascades Recovery and sent to Orbis or Merlin Plastics in Delta, BC.

Styrofoam™ – All expanded polystyrene from London Drugs packaging that customers return is sent to Foam Only in Coquitlam, BC where it is compressed for remanufacture as polystyrene. This is a process that uses no heat and releases no toxins.

Light Bulbs, CFL Bulbs and Fluorescent Tubes – Compact Fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, so they must be handled with care. All of our light products are recycled through the LightRecycle program, managed by ProductCare. Bulbs are crushed in a controlled environment, so all toxins are filtered out and recovered.

As you can see, recycling is a complex science that goes well beyond the Blue Box. By working with top suppliers, we are doing our best to ensure we are part of the solution, not creating new problems down the line. If you want to know more, follow us on Twitter @WTGreenDeal, or comment below. We’re happy to talk more recycling with you.

July 29th, 2009

GreenDeal 101 – Making sense of Green Certifications



GreenDeal 101 is our series of blog articles written specifically to help newcomers to the Green scene understand some of the terminology and issues in the world of sustainability.

If you browse the green aisles, you may easily be confused by the variety of seals, certifications, programs, emblems and crests that adorn products. These often feature globes, trees, leaves, water droplets and all manner of other folksy earth-like graphics, and usually make claims such as ‘earth-friendly’, ‘100% Organic’ or ‘Approved by Such-and-Such Organization’.
So how do you sift through this certifiable confusion without becoming certifiable yourself?
I always recommend that people do their own online research, but not everyone has the time or web-searching patience to take on that task. So here are a few thoughts and comments on two types of certifications.

Corporate Eco-Labels
Many companies decide to create their own certifications or programs internally. These vary widely in their scope and believability. Some go as far as offering written commitments and products with strong eco-benefits. With HP’s Eco Highlights Program, for instance, they are pledging a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from their operations by 2010, and featuring their HP Deskjet D2545 Printer which is made of 83 percent recycled plastic. Not bad.
Other manufacturers’ green labels may be less specific. The claim of ‘Natural Ingredients’ for example, is not really a viable indicator of green benefits. And some green labels say so little, they appear to simply be greenwash (regular products dressing themselves up in eco clothing). Boooo.

Recognized Third Party Certifications
These represent a higher standard of green labeling, where a company or product must meet certain criteria to qualify. These third parties may be governments or organizations that are independent of influence from industry, and with these labels you can usually be sure some product testing or qualification has taken place. Requirements and processes are also usually quite transparent.
Below are some of the third-party certifications we look for when reviewing products for What’s The Green Deal. If you see these labels on products, you can be pretty sure they are believably greener in some way or another:

General:
Canada Environmental Choice EcoLogo
Organic:
USDA Organic
British Columbia Certified Organic
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic
California Certified Organic Farmers
Soil Association
OCPP / ProCert
Quality Assurance International
Fair Trade:
TransFair
QMI
Paper and Wood Products:
FSC – Forest Stewardship Council

So when you see green labeling, be critical. Read the ingredients and do your own online research when you can. Because when it comes down to it, we each need to decide what’s green for ourselves.

For more research on certifications, check out ecolabelling.org – here you can browse over 200 eco-labels from around the world.

February 16th, 2009

Green Upgrades – How new computers, printers and scanners are lowering their carbon footprint.

Every generation of computers and peripherals are smaller, faster and more versatile. Now that evolution is making them greener as well.
First the size – less is more when it comes to material use. Safer, more recycled and less-toxic materials are being incorporated throughout many new designs, and more and more Energy Star labels are showing up on our shelves, as the newer generations of equipment perform with less environmental impact throughout their lifetime. Here are a few specific examples to look for if you’re thinking about upgrading:

HP Elite laptop models, and the Macintosh MacBook Pro line use recyclable aluminum instead of a plastic finish, and look for mercury-free energy-saving LED screens on Apple, Sony and HP laptops.

Smart surge protectors, like the Conserve from Belkin at $49.99, come
with a remote control that turns off up to six of its eight outlets for
non-essential overnight items like TVs, stereos or computers.

Printers are working on getting greener, too. Canon has a number of printers that offer automatic duplexing, which automatically prints one page, retracts the paper and prints the other side. HP has a free universal duplex driver for many of its laser printers, (including older models) that allows printing on both sides of paper, although using a driver to achieve duplexing means you have to manually take the paper out and turn it over to print the other side. In the last 7 years, Epson has reduced the total power consumption of its new printers by 78 per cent, using more energy-efficient ready and sleep modes.
Scanners (stand-alone, or those included in multi-function printers) are
using less power, too, thanks to LED light technology that allows them to be ready to scan almost instantly instead of having to warm up for a few minutes.

If you want to find out more, visit your local London Drugs and look for the What’s the Green Deal feature signs in our Computer Department.