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!

November 10th, 2016

London Drugs Named Quest Food Exchange Most Valuable Partner, Reducing Food Waste by 389,000 lbs This Year!

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Kevin Sorby, London Drugs General Manager, Retail Operations, proudly received this recognition from Quest Food Exchange at their partnership event November 3rd.

London Drugs Food Waste ReductionQuest Food Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing hunger with dignity. They redirect food from local food industry that might otherwise go to waste. Food is then sorted, processed, and distributed to organizations and people who need it most.

In partnership with London Drugs, Quest takes food products that are at or near expiry, or that would otherwise be wasted, and ensures they get used, safely and with dignity, by people that need them most.

In the last year, that amount totaled over 389,000 lbs.

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-9-02-37-amAs part of our commitment to reducing our overall waste, we realize food waste is an critical issue, and we are pleased to work with Quest Food Exchange in BC to make a difference.

Want to know more about our food waste diversion, and how YOU can make a difference? Check out our blog.

Or better yet, visit the Quest Food Exchange website and learn how you can help.

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August 10th, 2016

London Drugs and MMBC Launch Expanded Soft Plastic & Styrofoam Recycling Program in Vancouver

Kevin Sorby, General Manager, Retail Operations, London Drugs, Allen Langdon, Managing Director of MMBC

Starting August 1, recycling plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging in Vancouver will be as simple as a trip to London Drugs.

This expands our usual Bring Back the Pack program, where customers can bring back packaging from any purchases they make at London Drugs (this is available at ALL London Drugs Stores) Now, for the next year, no matter where the material came from, anyone can return the following soft plastics and foam packaging to 11 Vancouver stores:

  • Plastic bags and overwrap, including grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags, outer bags for diapers etc.
  • White and coloured plastic foam packaging, (Styrofoam™) including foam meat trays, foam egg cartons and foam cushion packaging for electronics etc.

This MMBC Soft Plastics Recycling Program will be available at the following stores:

    • London Drugs Store #2, Granville & Georgia
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London Drugs Store #4, Broadway & Cambie
    • London Drugs Store #7, East Hastings
    • 
London Drugs Store #10, Kerrisdale
    • 
London Drugs Store #19, Robson St
    • London Drugs Store #28, 3328 Kingsway
    • 
London Drugs Store #50, Davie St
    • 
London Drugs Store #53, 41st & Victoria
    • London Drugs Store #74, Broadway & Vine
    • 
London Drugs Store #78, Hastings & Abbott
    • London Drugs Store #82, Olympic Village.

So if you live in Vancouver, go through your closets, save up that plastic and Styrofoam and bring it back to your local London Drugs. Let’s show the rest of BC what a difference we can make!

Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is partnering with London Drugs to offer this convenient option, and this one-year pilot program will be evaluated for potential introduction in other parts of the province in the future.

“MMBC’s partnership with London Drugs will increase access to consistent and convenient recycling of plastics and packaging for Vancouver residents,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director of MMBC. “Our aim is to make recycling easier and ensure we divert more material away from landfills to be recycled into new products.”

Plastic bags and overwrap are recycled into new grocery bags, plastic pallets, containers, crates, pipes, decking and park benches. Plastic foam packaging is recycled into picture frames, construction trim, moulding, park benches and fence posts.

“At London Drugs we are always looking for ways to enhance our retail-leading sustainable programs with the goal of providing our customers with new opportunities and channels to reduce waste and recycle more,” said Kevin Sorby, General Manager, Retail Operations, London Drugs. “This new pilot program provides the citizens of Vancouver with the opportunity to go beyond their regular recycling and waste reduction habits with the ability to now be able to recycle ALL clean household foam packaging and soft plastics at London Drugs. This partnership with MMBC is our further commitment to sustainability and we look forward to seeing the results of this year-long pilot program at our 11 Vancouver London Drugs locations.”

About Multi-Material BC

Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is a non-profit organization that is fully financed by its member businesses, with a mandate to manage residential packaging and printed paper recycling programs in communities across British Columbia. MMBC provides recycling services either directly to communities or by working in partnership with local governments, First Nations, private companies, and other non-profit organizations to ensure households across BC are receiving best-in-class recycling services.

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

March 16th, 2016

Recycle at London Drugs and you could win one of 40 pairs of free tickets to Eco Fashion Week.

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Clear out your recyclables and green up your fashion sense at the same time. Drop off accepted recycling items to Customer Service at any Lower Mainland London Drugs location between March 25th and April 1st  and you will receive a ballot* to enter to win a pair of tickets for Eco Fashion Week.(*1 ballot entry per day, per person – see full location list below)

Its the 10th edition of this industry-leading event, where you can learn about ethically-sourced clothing, up-cycled fabrics, natural fabrics, stunning sustainable design and more. Visit the Eco Fashion Week website for full details about this year’s exciting events.

So what can you recycle at your local London Drugs? Bring in any of the following recyclables to Customer Service and ask for your ballot:

  • Small Appliances
  • Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  • Insurance plastic folders

Want to know more about what you can recycle with us and where it goes? Check out the recycling section on greendeal.ca.

Last year, London Drugs customers who dropped off their recycling contributed to over 11.5 million pounds of waste being diverted from landfills. That’s good green style!

Participating London Drugs Locations:

  • West Broadway – 525 West Broadway
  • Broadway & Vine – 2230 West Broadway
  • Olympic Village – 1622 Salt Street
  • Granville & Georgia – 710 Granville St.
  • Robson Street – 1187 Robson Street
  • Davie Street – 1650 Davie Street
  • Hastings & Abbott Street – 351 Abbott Street
  • Kerrisdale – 2091 W 42nd Avenue
  • 41st & Victoria – 5639 Victoria Drive
  • East Hastings – 2585 East Hastings St.
  • Park Royal North – 875 Park Royal North
  • Wessex – Kingsway – 3328 Kingsway Avenue
  • North Vancouver – 2032 Lonsdale Ave
  • Brentwood Town Centre – 4567 Lougheed Hwy
  • London Plaza – 5971 No.3 Road
  • 5000 Kingsway Plaza – 4970 Kingsway Avenue
  • Marine Way and Byrne – 7280 Market Crossing
  • Ironwood Plaza – 11666 Steveston Hwy
  • Westminster Centre – 555-6th Street
  • Lougheed Town Centre – 9855 Austin Avenue
  • Trenant Park Mall – 5237 – 48th Avenue
  • London Station – 10348 King George Boulevard
  • Scott 72 Mall – 7303 – 120th Street
  • Coquitlam Centre – 2929 Barnet Highway
  • Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street
  • Cloverdale – 17685 – 64th Avenue
  • Peninsula Village Mall – 15355 – 24th Avenue
  • Morgan Crossing – 15850 26th Ave.
  • Valley Fair Mall – 22709 Lougheed Hwy
  • Garibaldi Village Squamish – 40282 Glenalder Place
  • Langley – 20202 – 66th Ave.
  • Gibsons – 900 Gibsons Way

March 8th, 2016

As GLOBE 2016 moved the world toward a more sustainable future, London Drugs was there.

Participating in the GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit, March 2,3,4, was inspiring, reassuring and motivating.

The London Drugs What’s the Green Deal team was inspired by Prime Minister Trudeau and our Premiers, reaffirming a commitment to policy and business that will help lead Canada to the low-carbon economy of the future.

We were inspired by the many clean-tech innovations on display at the Innovation Expo.

We were reassured that London Drugs and What’s the Green Deal are on the right track with our sustainabilty and waste reduction work. Through the business cases of Interface, Unilever, Seventh Generation, Philips Lighting and other brands, we learned more about supply-chain transparency and sustainability on a global scale.

And we were motivated to take our What’s the Green Deal program even further – to every London Drugs customer and employee in every market, sharing best practices, products, recycling efforts and reducing our impacts in the communities we are so proud to serve.

As Prime Minister Trudeau said, “The business of building clean economies has gone mainstream.” We will be using this momentum from GLOBE 2016 to take our sustainability goals and practices even further.

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!

March 1st, 2016

London Drugs networks with the Green Business World at Globe 2016, March 2,3,4.

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The GLOBE Leadership Summit is North America’s largest and most influential sustainable business leadership summit. As part of our retail leadership journey in sustainability, London Drugs will be there – to learn, connect and share inspiration.

It’s a high-level forum for inspiration and collaboration between business, government, and civil leaders, to turn environmental challenges into business opportunities, taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

London Drugs is no newcomer to GLOBE – in 2012 we were a finalist for Canada’s Greenest Retail Practices Award.  The 2016 event promises to be very inspiring, indeed.

Among other leaders, there will be speakers from Seventh Generation, GE and BMW. Your What’s the Green Deal team will be attending seminars on supply chain innovation, brand sustainability, sustainable products and transformational companies.

And the whole show will be kicked off with an opening speech from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Watch this blog, and follow us on Twitter for updates as we search for inspiration and innovations to make our London Drugs What’s the Green Deal products, recycling and communications even better for YOU.

To the GLOBE and beyond!

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.

April 2nd, 2015

The London Drugs RecycleCam strikes again… rewarding Everyday Green Heroes!


We think people who go take the extra time to recycle things right deserve some recognition. So for Earth Month 2015, we set up our hidden cameras to catch people in the act of recycling at one of our stores. Once they got over the initial surprise, their responses and reasons for recycling made us all proud. And when we gave them their special surprise, well let’s just say that recycling is the gift that keeps giving. Happy Earth Day!

And don’t forget to enter the London Drugs Recycling Selfie Contest, April 2 – 30th, 2015. Shoot a selfie of YOU recycling, share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LDGreen and you’re entered to WIN a $500 gift card! More details at londondrugs.com/ldgreen.

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