December 29th, 2021

Exploring plant-based foods and products gets easier every year. Welcome to Veganuary!

Veganuary plant based products 2022

The New Year is a time for starting fresh. Few resolutions can make an impact in so many ways as choosing more plant-based products. Whether you are a committed vegan, or are just starting to find out more about it, London Drugs’ Veganuary event is for you.

What is vegan?

The word ‘vegan’ was coined in 1944, originally meaning “non-dairy vegetarian”. Since then, veganism has come to mean ‘a person who does not consume, use or eat any animal products’, and has grown to include subsets of dietary veganism, ethical veganism and environmental veganism. These describe three of the primary benefits of vegan choices:

Dietary Health: Although veganism can require careful planning, many say we can get all of our necessary nutrients outside of animal products. Some studies show vegans are thinner, have lower total and LDL cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.1

Preventing Animal Cruelty: For some, it’s a belief that all sentient creatures have a right to life. For others, affection for animals makes the idea of harming one to put food on their own plate difficult. Whatever the reason, vegan choices are animal-friendly choices.

Reduced Environmental Footprint: Animal agriculture uses a huge amount of land, water and energy. Farmed animals also generate some 14.5% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. 2 Plant-based choices lessen these impacts.

Can you be ‘part’ vegan?

Generally, being ‘vegan’ is defined by completely avoiding animal products, but products that are certified as ‘vegan’ can be enjoyed by anyone. Some people decide to eat vegan once a week, others just like to work more vegan products into their lifestyle.

London Drugs Veganuary flyer 2022

Check out these great Veganuary choices.

With over 100 plant-based deals in our Veganuary flyer, it’s easier than ever to choose plant-based. Here are just a few ideas:

Try vegan taco night.

With Ecoideas Spicy Mexican Jackfruit Shreds have a zesty flavor and meaty texture that is a great soy and gluten free substitute for meat in numerous recipes. Pair it with Que Pasa Vegan Taco Shells and you can start a whole new trend!

Warm up with vegan soup.

Go Asian vegan with Koyo Ramen. Slurp these classic noodles in soup or break them up and eat them ‘raw’ in salads or as a fast snack.

Snack it up, vegan style!

Vegan doesn’t mean ‘no fun’! Bite into Healthy Crunch Dark Chocolate Superfoods – just 70% dark chocolate and real fruit. Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bars make a great pocket-size snack. And if you crave the savory, get a flavor and fiber blast from Solar Raw Kale Chips, in Pink Salt, Cucumber Dill or Better than Cheddar flavor.

Try vegan cleaning power.

Food isn’t the only way to go vegan. Attitude Cleaning Products can take care of all sorts of surfaces, from bathroom to kitchen and beyond. Ecomax Laundry Detergent lets you wash clothes efficiently, effectively and animal-free. And for the purist, Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap and Bar Soap bring the power of castile with certified fair trade ingredients and organic hemp oil.

Choose Animal-Free Beauty

There are more and more choices for vegan beauty products. Mad Hippie Skincare is free from cruelty, parabens, petrochemicals, GMO’s and more. Herbatint Hair Colour gives you 100% grey coverage with no ammonia, alcohol or parabens. Province Apothecary is made in Canada, with organic botanicals sourced from all 10 provinces.

This is just the tip of the vegan iceberg. See for yourself just how many choices you have to join the Veganuary movement. It may just become a whole way of life.

1 Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – Health effects of vegan diets
https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/89/5/1627S/4596952

2 Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Tackling Climate Change Through Livestock: https://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/197623/icode/

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!)
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