October 15th, 2021

Don’t be haunted by leftover Halloween candy wrappers! BC customers can bring them in to London Drugs and keep them out of the environment.

 

Do leftover Halloween wrappers lurk around your home long after Halloween is history? Don’t throw them out! Bring your candy wrappers to London Drugs (BC stores only) and deposit them with Recycle BC’s ‘Other Flexible Plastics’ program.

By collecting your wrappers you are doing your part to keep plastic out of our waste streams. And that can make quite a difference. In the last two years, (2019 and 2020) our BC stores collected over 70,000 kilograms of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging with Recycle BC!

So round up those spooky Halloween candy wrappers, bring them into your local BC London Drugs and drop them in the Recycle BC box provided.

It may even help to get the kids to clean under their beds.

 


Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Take-Back List (BC Only)

Here’s a more detailed list of Other Flexible Plastic Examples. If you like, you can print off a PDF for handy reference on recycling day.Flexible-Packaging-Take-Back-List

Stand up and zipper lock pouches

  • Bags for Sugars, oatmeals, grated cheese, coffee and pouches with a zipper lock
  • Deli meat and cheese bags
  • Baby food pouches (leave the cap on)
  • Soap refill pouches (leave the cap on)
  • Plastic pet food bags

Crinkly wrappers and bags

  • Crinkly bags
  • Candy bags
  • Chocolate and candy or energy bar wrappers
  • Dried food and pasta bags
  • Wet wipe bags (including with hard plastic dispenser)
  • Cookie bags
  • Cellophane
  • Foil gift wrap (the plastic kind, not metallic ink on paper)
  • Cheese slice bags (please wash them off!)

Flexible packaging with plastic seal

  • Vacuum seal packaging (please clean out any meat packaging)
  • Flexible packaging with plastic seal (Fresh pasta)
  • Flexible lid with rigid base packages (bologna and some deli meats)
  • Woven and net plastic bags (plastic weave, not burlap)

Non food protective packaging

  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic air packets (e-commerce)
  • Plastic bags with non 2-3-4 resin code
  • Shrink wraps on meats (wash them off please!)

October 15th, 2021

Make your baseboard heaters smarter with a Mysa Thermostat and get a $40 rebate from BC Hydro.*

If your home has electric baseboard heaters, keeping it comfortable with energy efficiency is probably a challenge.
That’s why the Mysa Smart Thermostat was invented (right here in Canada!). Now 80% of Mysa customers across North America are saving on their energy bills.** And from October 15 – November 12, 2021, you can save even more with a $40 rebate from BC Hydro.

How the Mysa Smart Thermostat works:

Controlling your home’s heat with a baseboard heater’s primitive dial is inaccurate and inefficient. Install a Mysa Smart Thermostat and start saving energy comfortably.***

  • Mysa displays the room temperature, and touch buttons allow you to adjust it.
  • Group multiple Mysas into heating zones, and control them together through the Mysa app.
  • Use the app to set a schedule for your thermostat in less than a minute.
  • Mysa uses your location to detect if anyone is home, so you’re not paying to heat an empty house.
  • Mysa’s in-depth energy reports let you see how much you are spending – and saving.
  • Going on vacation? Mysa will even save energy while you’re away.

How the BC Hydro rebate works:

Customers can apply for the rebate by visiting bchydro.com/deals and following these steps:

  • Buy your Mysa thermostat at a participating retail partner.
  • Snap a clear photo of the receipt.
  • Submit the e-rebate application within 60 days of purchase.
  • Customers can choose to receive their rebate in the form of a credit on bill, e-transfer or a Visa e-gift card. (Rewards on bill will be applied to BC Hydro bill within 1-3 months, depending on customer’s billing cycle. E-transfer payments may take up to one week. VISA e-gift cards will be administered within 1-2 days)
  • A purchase limit of five qualifying products per customer will apply.

 

*British Columbia customers only. (Residents of West Kelowna and Penticton are not eligible for the BC hydro rebate, because they are powered by FortisBC)

**Based on a Customer Panel Survey of over 700 Mysa customers across North America conducted in 2020.

***The Mysa Smart Thermostat for Electric Baseboard Heaters works with high voltage electric heat on thermostats with 4 or more wires. You can check your compatibility on the Mysa website here.

September 24th, 2021

Who Wants More Delicious (and Sustainable) Coffee at Home?

Whether you want to stay safe, stay green or just stay in your PJ’s, brewing coffee at home gives you more control over your cup of java. Unlike buying from a take-out chain, you have the final say in where your beans com from, how they are brewed and ultimately the impact on your personal coffee footprint.


Whole Beans

Grinding your own beans fresh just before brewing is the coffee purist’s choice. And what choices you have!

 

Ethical Bean Choose your blend, from Mellow Medium to Super Dark French Roast. All Certified Organic and Fairtrade, and Proudly Canadian.

Salt Spring Coffee Roasting since 1996, Salt Spring is a Certified B Corp. Certified Organic, Fair Trade, Proudly Canadian

Commercial Drive Give your cup some local flavour. Founded in East Vancouver, working for direct community impact. Certified Organic, and Proudly Canadian.

Pedro’s Family owned and operated for 26 years in Richmond, BC. Certified Organic, and making an impact through 1% for the Planet.


Ground Coffee

For a quicker pick-me-up, you can have the convenience of ground coffee with great flavour and sustainability.

Kicking Horse Certified Organic and Fairtrade quality coffee. Kick it up a notch with the 454 Horse Power dark roast.

Level Ground Coffee that connects with small scale farmers for high quality and real impact. Certified Organic and Fairtrade, Single Origin.


Single Serve Coffee Pods

These little wonders have been a world wide hit, but have also left a huge footprint of disposable pods in landfills. Fortunately, compostable options are now available that let you have your single cup and reduce its impact.

Grana Organic Coffee Capsules (Nespresso Original Line) USDA Organic coffee, biodegradable and compostable capsules.

One Coffee (Kuerig) Organic, Fairtrade coffee in 100% Compostible Pods. Proudly Canadian

Nabob Pods (Keurig 2.0) 100% compostable pods and bag.

Ethical Bean Pods (Keurig 2.0) Great Ethical Bean coffee, Certified Canada Organic and Fairtrade, in 100% Compostable Pods


Coffee Makers

A French press, or pour-over coffee maker is the most environmentally friendly option as it doesn’t have to be plugged in. (Though it won’t keep your coffee warm)

 

Collection by London Drugs French Press – Black/Silver – 350ml. Stylish, simple and durable.

Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker A nonporous glass body cleans easily without absorbing odours or residue. Store and reheat your beverage without losing the pure flavour.

Cuisinart Perfect Temp Coffee Maker If you prefer to sip from a pot of hot coffee all day, this machine boasts a reusable filter, auto-shut-off, and a one-to-four cup setting, meaning it’s easy to use in a relatively energy-efficient way.

Philips Series 2200 Automatic Coffee Machine With Cappuccinatore If you want to go big, while buying from a sustainability-minded company, this full-featured automatic machine will make almost any kind of coffee beverage you like. Sip one while reading all about Philips’ sustainability platform, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

However you choose to take your coffee, a little extra thought towards its impact is an even better way to wake up.

 

May 6th, 2021

Got an old camera and could use an upgrade?  Recycle it or trade it in at London Drugs and see spring through a fresh lens.

 

Why not get yourself some fresh gear and responsibly get that old camera out of your life at the same time!

Your camera may have trade-in value. Bring it to London Drugs and find out. Our camera trade in program is a great way to move gear along and get savings on the new camera you really want. Simply bring in your gently used photographic device to any select London Drugs location and our LD Expert will evaluate the product and determine its value. Credit will be then issued towards the purchase of a new camera or camera accessory. And you can shop with confidence, with our 15% trade-in guarantee. 
Check our camera trade-in web page for full details.

 

If your camera is too tired to trade, recycle it responsibly. Like any electronics, it’s a good idea to keep cameras out of our landfills, and let our responsible recycling partners re-purpose their valuable materials. Our photo techs can also help make sure any data carried on your camera is safely destroyed.

Pro Tips Before You Trade-In

  • Charge your battery – So our LD Photo Expert can evaluate your product’s trade-in value
  • Remove memory cards (If applicable)
  • Reformat your camera – By deleting all personal data and reformatting your device to factory default settings. (Don’t worry if you forget, our LD Photo Experts will ensure your device is reformatted after you trade-in)
  • Don’t forget to bring the original charging cables and accessories! – Although this is not mandatory, bringing everything in its most complete and original form will increase your trade-in value.

For full details visit us in store or at londondrugs.com/tradein

April 22nd, 2021

#JunkDrawerChallenge – How to reduce, reuse and recycle that junk!

Every home has one, and when you need a spare screw or shoelace, they can be invaluable. But let’s face it – our junk drawers usually overflow with less-than-useful (and less-than-organized) items. Here are some pro tips for tackling it, and the top things that can be recycled from that pile!

Show us what’s in your junk drawer for a chance to win one of (4) prizes consisting of a $250 gift card to London Drugs each week, totaling $1000. Deadline is April 30, 2021 – Click for more details

Step One – Empty It All Out! Make some space, and lay out some paper. Then dump the drawer! Spread everything out so you can see it all. Take a deep breath. You’re doing great.

Step Two – Sort Your Junk Into Piles. Keep it general, to start with. Some people suggest using paper plates to make pile sorting easier. Whatever your method, here are some categories you may discover:

  • Tools – Things like hammer, screwdriver, flashlight and pliers are the most useful things in the drawer.
  • Old Batteries (Recyclable!) – Tape the ends, store in a bag and bring them to London Drugs.
  • Old Light Bulbs (Recyclable!) – Incandescent, CFL or LED, big or small. They can be put in a plastic bag and brought to your local London Drugs, too.
  • Old Medications (Returnable!) – From expired sunscreen to prescription pills, medications should never be thrown in the trash or toilet. Bring them to your local London Drugs pharmacy.
  • Cables, Cords and Chargers (Recyclable!) – Your local London Drugs or recycling depot will take these as part of electronics recycling.
  • Old Cell Phones (Recyclable!) – Don’t throw away those precious metals. Bring old cell phones, PDAs or pagers (!) to your London Drugs Tech Department for data-safe recycling.
  • Recyclable Paper & Cardboard – Will you really use that take-out menu from 2010?
  • Fasteners – Nails, screws, bolts and other attachment oddities. Keep them if you are a fixit type, or recycle them with other metals at your local recycling facility.
  • Pens, Pencils and Markers – Test them as you go. Grab a pencil sharpener and renew those HB’s. Any writing instrument that does not work should go.
  • Office Supply Bits – Paper clips, rubber bands, paper clamps and scissors.
  • Tubes of Glue and Goo – Test and toss the dried-out dead ones.
  • Miscellaneous Useful – Shoelaces, bike lights, hair bands, the list goes on (and it’s different for everyone!)
  • Landfill – When you’ve done your best, say goodbye to the rest.

Step Three – Organize. Now the trick is to keep that junk drawer sorted into those handy piles. Pick up a drawer organizer, some baskets (see below) or even just some clear zip-top bags. Make sure to label one for recyclable batteries, cords and bulbs as well.

Congratulations! You have just gone from Junk Drawer to Drawer of Utility!

InterDesign Linus Drawer Organizer

InterDesign Linus Junk Drawer Organizer

InterDesign Linus Drawer Organizer – 5 x 13 x 2.25 inch

 

April 22nd, 2021

Happy Earth Day 2021!

February 19th, 2021

London Drugs Receives Leader in Sustainability Award for Collecting 49,810kg of Batteries in 2020.

On National Battery Day 2021 (Feb 18th) we were delighted to learn that Call2Recycle had given London Drugs a Leader in Sustainability Award for our efforts in collecting batteries for responsible recycling. With almost 50,000kg of batteries collected, that’s like diverting a whole semi truck and trailer weight of waste from landfill!

“We are honoured to be recognized by Call2Recycle as a Leader in Sustainability for the 10th year in a row,” says London Drugs Sustainability Specialist Raman Johal, “Batteries can be incredibly harmful to the environment when thrown in the garbage. We operate our battery recycling program so that customers have a convenient way to safely dispose of their used batteries, and London Drugs customers have really stepped up. So we share this award with them.”

Thanks to customer and staff efforts, London Drugs helped Call2Recycle collect a staggering 4.1 million kilograms of batteries in 2020 – that’s an increase of 1 million kg over 2019! Call2Recycle is London Drugs’ battery recycling partner, and is Canada’s largest, most reliable battery recycling program. To date they have recycled over 26 million kg of batteries across Canada.

 

January 22nd, 2021

Keep Your New Year’s Wellness Goals Going With Veganuary!

Now that we’re past the first few weeks of the New Year and our Old Year habits may be sneaking up on us, it’s a good time to look at some great plant-based choices that can help keep our healthy living goals on track.
Plant-based foods can also help reduce our environmental footprint, with reduced emissions and water use compared to other forms of protein production.
Below are a few product highlights. Check out londondrugs.com/veganuary/ for the full list of vegan products and savings! (Note, some of these featured brands also nave non-vegan options, so be sure to check your labels!)

Cereals and Day-Starters

Begin Your Morning Right! Choose whole grains, organic production and the reduced carbon footprint of local manufacturing. Yum!

Holy Crap! Cereal Did you know there is a connection between your gut and your mind? This line of high-fiber, plant-based superseed cereals helps you maintain good gut health with three chief ingredients – chia, buckwheat and hulled hemp seeds – that are ancient seeds with superfood status! Plus it’s made right here in BC and is Certified Canada Organic.

New World Granola This no-nonsense granola is another Certified Canada Organic product made here in BC. It comes in three flavours: Tropical Fruit & Nut, Almond Cashew and Pumpkin Flax.

Nature’s Path Qi-a Cereals Nature’s Path is a BC-based family company that has grown to become North America’s largest organic cereal maker. They have an amazing selection of gluten-free Qi’a cereals, all of which help support their vision of helping organic land and farmers prosper.

The Chai Company Organic Authentic Chai Enjoy the smooth balanced flavor of Authentic Chai lovingly prepared using their unique slow-brewed method.

 

Go For Some Greener Ingredients

Make your own great meals even better with organic choices from top-quality companies.

Everland Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Expeller pressed and naturally refined, with a neutral taste which makes it perfect for cooking or blending.

Konjac Organic Thai Style Noodles Konjac is a low calorie, high fibre root vegetable that has been eaten in Japan for centuries. These noodles are made without wheat or soy using organic konjac, which is naturally free of gluten, carbs, fat, sodium and sugar.

Indianlife Coconut Cashew Sauce From the Southern Region, this mellow, all natural sauce has the sweetness of coconut with a creamy cashew crunch.

Liviva Pasta Shake up your routine with this amazing variety of pastas made from black bean, shiritake, edamame and soybean, some with added oat fibre.

Hellman;s Vegan Dressing & Sandwich Spread A vegan take on the classic.

Better Snacking

OK, even a New Year is not always going to be 100% nutritional perfection. So if you’re going to snack, here are some greener ways to go about it.

Solar Raw Kale Chips Raw, gluten-free, vegan and made in Canada. It can’t get much better than that.

Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips Perfect for nachos, dipping or just a food group all to themselves.

Earth’s Own Oat Milk Choose Fair-Trade chocolate, Vanilla or Barista varieties – all made with Canadian non-GMO oats, using 7X less water in production than regular milk.

Everland Organic Coconut Chocolate Bark A vegan snack made with organic ingredients, 70% dark chocolate and coconut.

 

October 19th, 2020

It’s Halloween Wrapper Round Up Time!

Keep your wrappers out of the landfill and environment with a simple trip to London Drugs.

Sometimes the spookiest thing about Halloween happens after you bring all that tasty candy home – all those plastic wrappers ending up in our landfills and environment. But they don’t have to.

You can bring your wrappers to London Drugs and deposit them with Recycle BC’s ‘Other Flexible Plastics’ program. This is the collection box that accepts harder-to-recycle flexible plastics such as stand-up and zipper lock pouches, crinkly wrappers, chip bags, non food protective packaging and more (see the complete list below)

By collecting your wrappers you are doing your part to keep plastic out of our waste streams. And that can make quite a difference. (In 2019 we collected 46.2 tonnes of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging with Recycle BC!)

So round up your Halloween candy wrappers, bring them into your local London Drugs and drop them in the Recycle BC box provided. There’s no trick to it at all.

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Take-Back List (BC Only)

Here’s a more detailed list of Other Flexible Plastic Examples.

Flexible-Packaging-Take-Back-List

Stand up and zipper lock pouches

  • Bags for Sugars, oatmeal, grated cheese, coffee and pouches with a zipper lock
  • Deli meat and cheese bags
  • Baby food pouches (leave the cap on)
  • Soap refill pouches (leave the cap on)
  • Plastic pet food bags

Crinkly wrappers and bags

  • Crinkly bags
  • Candy bags
  • Chocolate and candy or energy bar wrappers
  • Dried food and pasta bags
  • Wet wipe bags (including with hard plastic dispenser)
  • Cookie bags
  • Cellophane
  • Foil gift wrap (the plastic kind, not metallic ink on paper)
  • Cheese slice bags (please wash them off!)

Flexible packaging with plastic seal

  • Vacuum seal packaging (please clean out any meat packaging)
  • flexible packaging with plastic seal (Fresh pasta)
  • Flexible lid with rigid base packages (bologna and some deli meats)
  • Woven and net plastic bags (plastic weave, not burlap)

Non food protective packaging

  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic air packets (e-commerce)
  • Plastic bags with non 2-3-4 resin code
  • Shrink wraps on meats (wash them off please!)

August 10th, 2020

London Drugs Restarts Recycling After Covid-19

Here’s what’s happening in the first phase of our customer drop-off recycling reopening.

Customers used to the convenience of dropping off some recycling while shopping at their local London Drugs will be pleased to know we are resuming these services, though with some key differences.

“Customers will once again be able to responsibly recycle many items that are difficult to recycle anywhere else,” says Raman Johal, London Drugs Retail Operations Sustainability Specialist. “In this first phase we are limiting items accepted to those originally purchased at our stores, with some exceptions. (BC beverage containers, BC soft plastics, BC flexible plastics, and BC Styrofoam) We are also restricting the quantities of each customer’s daily recycling, and stores may have to temporarily stop accepting materials from time to time.”

These changes come as the London Drugs teams work to ensure the safety and wellness of our store environment, staff and customers.

Things you can recycle at London Drugs for #GlobalRecyclingDay

Customers can recycle the following items (with quantity limits below) originally purchased at London Drugs:

  • Soft plastics – Plastic bags, shopping bags, etc.
  • Styrofoam
  • Beverage containers
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Ink and toner
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Smoke alarms
  • BRITA filters
  • Medications
  • Flexible plastics* – Chip bags, candy bar wrappers, Ziploc bags, etc. (*BC only)

Recycling Quantity Limits (per person per day):

  • Plastics and Styrofoam – 1 grocery size bag of each
  • Beverage containers – 24 containers
  • Electronics and Appliances – 1 large item or 3 smaller items
  • Batteries – 1 Ziploc or similar size bag
  • Light bulbs – Several light bulbs
  • Smoke alarms – Several alarms
  • BRITA filters – Several filters
  • Medications – 1 Ziploc or similar size bag

For a complete list of items accepted, quantity limits and restrictions visit: www.greendeal.ca/recycling.

Recycling Restrictions Explained

““We know our customers have been collecting hard-to-recycle packaging and items at home over the past few months, but we have to avoid a huge overload of material as we start this phased reopening,” Johal continues, “To help manage the flood of recycling expected, stores will pause accepting drop-offs from customers once levels have reached capacity, until the recycling is picked up – the exception to this being beverage containers, which will continue to be accepted.”

Focusing on London Drugs purchased items is another way to manage our resources effectively.

“It is not fair to our staff for London Drugs to become a major recycling spot for the cardboard, packaging and items generated by other retailers,” says Johal, “We hope our customers will understand, and help us encourage other retailers, online and in-store, to take as much responsibility for their waste as we do for ours.”

Update your home recycling area with London Drugs

Neatfreak Bins and Shelf shown, with London Drugs Compost Container.

Three Steps to Recycling Success

  1. Prepare Your Recyclables – Sort by category and with limits in mind. Rinse all containers, put batteries and light bulbs into zip-top bags and make sure everything is tidy.
  2. Have a Back-up Plan – If one of your items turns out to be a non-London Drugs purchase, or your store has had to pause their drop-off services, know where your local Recycling Depot is and take your materials there.
  3. Be Kind – We really appreciate the efforts that YOU, our customers, make to bring in your recyclables. Please understand that recycling is not an easy job, and our retail staff is doing their best under these new circumstances.

So get your recyclables ready, and help us successfully restart our take-back program.

With the help of customers and staff, in 2019 London Drugs achieved an impressive overall 93% waste diversion rate, with more than 12 million pounds of waste diverted from city landfills across Western Canada.

If we all work together, we can get our recycling back up to speed faster and better.

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