April 8th, 2019

Meet the 11 Year Old Boy Who Will Inspire You to Dive Deeper Into Recycling.

Mason is only in grade 5, but he is already having a big impact on the planet with his passionate social media project called Mason’s Ocean. He (and his Mom) are also committed London Drugs recyclers.

Bringing Mason’s Story to the Screen

As a BC-based company, London Drugs is passionate about reducing waste, to help benefit our oceans and all the communities we serve. For Earth Month, the London Drugs What’s the Green Deal video team traveled to the Vancouver Aquarium to help Mason share his story.

“When I was 8 years old and I watched the film ‘Sharkwater’, it was then that I realized I had to start helping the ocean,” Mason says. “ He posts frequently on his Mason’s Ocean Facebook page and Instagram feed with interesting ocean and animal facts and tips on how people can make a difference with their own actions. We see how Mason puts his heart into saving the worlds oceans, while dealing with a little heart trouble of his own.

Heart Surgery and Healing

In 2018 Mason faced a challenge, when he and his family discovered he had a heart condition – a narrowing of the aorta. He underwent heart surgery at BC Children’s Hospital and returned stronger than ever.
“When I started feeling better,” Mason says, “ I decided I should keep on posting and spreading the great news of recycling.”

#BePlasticWise – a Global Recycling Challenge

Lately Mason has become more focused on the issue of ocean plastic and helping his family to reduce their waste. He visits the Vancouver Aquarium (an Ocean Wise initiative) and stays on top of the issues through their Plastic Wise program. Mason shares the importance of recycling against a backdrop of spectacular marine environments and amazing ocean plastic education exhibits – including Douglas Copeland’s stunning ‘Vortex’ display.

London Drugs is Mason’s Local Recycling Solution

Mason and his Mom combine their waste recycling with household shopping trips to London Drugs. From plastic bags to batteries, light bulbs and more, it’s a convenient way to responsibly reduce waste. It also marks a real point of difference in the retail industry. Mason’s Mom, Shanna, appreciates the service. “If I can shop at a local, Canadian-owned company. and know that the company is taking the initiative to recycle their products, then Yes!” she says, “I will make the choice to make my purchase dollars count. and I will go to London Drugs.”

When we #recycletogether, the results add up.

In 2018 London Drugs and its customers diverted over 11,000,000 lbs of materials from landfill, including over 1,000,000 lbs of plastic. It’s all part of our commitment to a more sustainable retail future.
Mason’s future plans include getting a PhD in Marine biology and maybe studying environmental law.
“I want to change the laws in favour of the oceans.” he says.
We can’t wait to see what you accomplish, Mason – you are the REAL Green Deal.

Your local London Drugs takes batteries, electronics, small appliances, soft plastics, Styrofoam and more. For the complete list of what you can recycle, visit greendeal.ca.

January 17th, 2019

Home Recycling Zone Makeover: How to make your recycling area cleaner, greener and more beautiful!

 

Recycling things right is a lot easier if your home recycling zone is organized and looking fresh. Here are some ideas (and products) to help you turn your recycling corner from dumping pile to decorator drop zone!

1. List Your Local Recycling Streams
. Regional recycling regulations vary, so look online for the latest on curbside pickup streams for your municipality. This will help you decide how many bins you will need and what sort of space you’ll require. Here are a few links to some of the major municipalities:

2. Choose a Bin System
. A set of stackable containers or matching baskets can help your recycling zone feel like a more designed part of your home

Recycling Zone Makeover bins London Drugs

Small – For Apartments & Condos: If all you have is the corner of a closet, the Sterilite Weave 3 Drawer Tower is a tidy solution. Combine with a 6L Good Natured Kitchen Compost Collector.


London Drugs Recycling Makeover Stacking Bins

Medium – Perfect for Small Family Living: Sterilite Stacking Drawers are a great modular system that can stack vertically or side by side. Each has a 26L capacity to hold lots of recyclables. Combine with a 7.1L Sureclose Foodscrap Container.


Large Recycling BinsLarge – For Bigger Homes and Extended Families: If you have dedicated recycling space in a mud room or garage, consider a set of 39L Tall Recyclers by Good Natured. (They are even made from 90% plant-based materials and no nasty chemicals!) Line with a plastic bag for easy emptying. For compost and food scraps, up-size with the Good Natured 8L Tall Compost Collector.


Decorator – Recycle with Style: If your recycling zone is part of your living area, create a clean, neutral-tone statement with NeatFreak Storage Bins in a NeatFreak Stackable Shelf. Even your compost can dress up with a London Drugs brand compost bin, in grey bamboo or stainless steel finish.


3. Have Fun With Labels: Using your local recycling stream list as a guide, create some custom labels that match your bins. Create and print them on sticker stock from your computer, or make it a family art project. Your recycling, your look!

4. Set up an area for special recycling. There are a lot of things you can recycle beyond what gets picked up at the curb. Your local London Drugs takes batteries, electronics, small appliances, soft plastics, Styrofoam and more. A Good Natured Curbside Recycler Bin makes it easy to grab on your way out the door.

5. Have a Grand Opening! Share your new recycling zone with your family or roommates to make sure everyone knows what goes where. Because now your recycling zone ROCKS!! And that’s the REAL Green Deal!

January 15th, 2019

Organic, Independent, Uncompromising. Nature’s Path is London Drugs’ Sustainable Vendor of the Year.

With it’s focus on organic products, Nature’s Path has been a star in our What’s the Green Deal product information program for over a decade. Now we are proud to say they have been named our Sustainable Vendor of the Year. This recognizes not only their product innovation and popularity with customers, but their commitment to sustainable practices, from the farm to the shelf. Nature’s Path Organic Foods is a privately held, family-owned company, producing Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified breakfast and snack foods, sold in over 50 countries.

London Drugs annual event at Mississauga Living Arts Centre , Nov. 4-5 , 2018.
Peter Bregg Photos

London Drugs Awards Dinner at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto 5, 2018.

Organic – and beyond. As well as scoring highly on waste diversion, supply chain and greenhouse gas emissions, Nature’s Path shows how they go further with their commitments and programs. Here are a few examples:

  • Nature’s Path is so committed to organic agriculture that they invest in farmland in order to convert it to organic production.
  • All 3 Nature’s Path manufacturing facilities have achieved Zero Waste certification.
  • They have set a goal to be completely carbon neutral by 2020.
  • They maintain an annual commitment of donating $2 million worth of food to those in need.
  • Every purchase of EnviroKidz products helps support endangered species, habitat conservation and environmental education for kids worldwide. So far they have raised over $3 million.

Sustainable does NOT mean boring! From the power of Pretzel & Peanut Nut Butter Bars to the dark chocolate indulgence of Love Crunch Granola, Nature’s Path product innovation is as impressive as their sustainability. It’s a line of foods that constantly invites customers to try new flavours and experiences.

If you like voting for sustainability with your food purchases, choose Nature’s Path. We did!

January 4th, 2019

Millions of e-commerce parcels and holiday packages are in need of recycling. London Drugs is doing our part by taking back recyclable packaging no matter where it was bought, Jan 1 – 31, 2019.

Last holiday season, Canada Post delivered a record 62 million parcels. (1) That’s a lot of cardboard, over-wrap, bubble wrap and Styrofoam that should be kept out of our landfills. Packaging Recycling Amnesty 2019 is London Drugs’ way of helping people responsibly recycle their recyclable packaging, by letting them simply bring it to one of our stores.

London Drugs customers can already get their packaging recycled for free. Now we’re offering Package Recycling Amnesty to all.

London Drugs has been offering free ‘Bring Back the Pack’ packaging recycling services for London Drugs purchases since 2008. Now, for Package Recycling Amnesty 2019 we are pleased to extend this service, taking back recyclable packaging customers bring in no matter what the origin.

It’s easy. Just gather up your recyclable packaging and bring it to your local London Drugs.

Many locations have a recycling centre right near the front of the store. For stores without a centre, or if you’re just not sure what goes where, just talk to customer service and they’ll help you take care of it.

What types of recyclable packaging can you bring in?

According to some studies, packaging makes up about 30% of household waste. (2) But you might be surprised how much of that can now be responsibly recycled and diverted from landfills, including:.
• Cardboard
• Hard Plastics
• Soft Plastics
• Styrofoam
• Plastic Over-Wrap

In BC stores, you can also bring in Other Flexible Packaging (3)


Through a pilot program with RecycleBC we are accepting a wide variety of flexible plastics including:
• Stand up and Zipper Lock Pouches
• Crinkly Wrappers and Bags, (Including chip bags, bar and candy wrappers)
• Flexible Packaging with Plastic Seal
• Woven Net and Plastic Bags
• Non-Food Protective Packaging
These materials are being used to research the development of new recycling processes and generate engineered fuel.

Sorry, there are some things we can’t accept…

We want to help our customers and families, so we cannot take commercial loads – household packaging only. And store managers may have to refuse some recycling based on material, condition or space available. We hope you understand, and we will do our best to help.

You can recycle a lot more than packaging at your local London Drugs.

We believe we have a responsibility to the communities we serve, and helping reduce waste is a big part of that. So we offer in-store recycling for all of the items listed below:

• Electrical and Electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, printers etc)
• Small Appliances
• Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
• Cell phones, PDAs and rechargeable batteries
• Alkaline Batteries
• Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent lights up to 4-ft
• Disposable cameras
• Ink jet cartridges
• Laser cartridges
• Metal film canisters
• Plastic bags
• Insurance plastic folders

So if you want a clean start to 2019, start at your local London Drugs.

(1) https://www.canadapost.ca/assets/pdf/aboutus/financialreports/2017_ar_complete_en.pdf

(2) https://www.livescience.com/50581-packaging-no-longer-the-nightmare-some-claim.html

(3) https://greendeal.ca/keeping-other-flexible-plastic-packaging-out-of-landfill-in-bc-%e2%80%a85-things-you-need-to-know

(4) https://recyclebc.ca/what-can-i-recycle

December 17th, 2018

Claudia’s Last-Minute Green Gift Guide

If, like Claudia, you have left a few holiday gifts until the last minute, and you have a green stocking to stuff, take heart. Here is a quick list of products that are a bit more sustainable and quick to pick up at your local London Drugs.


Eco-Tools Beauty Kits – With brush handles made from sustainable bamboo, packaging made from tree-free paper and a recyclable and reusable storage tin, the Warm Winter Glow Beauty Kit is a great gift for the sustainable fashionista. $19.99


Physicians Formula Non-Toxic Glamour Set  – Featuring Organic Wear® 100% Natural Origin Makeup, 80% Organic Tinted Moisturizer and 70% Organic Mascara that is 100% free of harsh chemicals, parabens, synthetic preservatives, GMO’s and synthetic fragrances. It’s also cruelty-free.


Marathon Mechanical Clock – The ultimate analog gift for your hipster friends. 100% human-powered (wind-up) and grid-failure resistant. And it’s got a loud alarm. When it goes off, you WILL wake up. Comes in low-tech black or classic white.


Caprina Goat’s Milk Soap – These soaps are made with traditional saponification to gently cleanse skin. Produced from the milk of eccentric goats from a Canadian family-owned company in Ville St-Laurent Quebec.


Guardians of the Galaxy Chia Pet – OK, any Chia Pet is green, but the one that looks like Groot is, well… GROOT! Cardboard box, pottery head, seeds and fun. All sustainable, recyclable and green. (There is one piece of plastic in the box, but you can Bring Back the Pack so that’s recycled, too) Pick up in-store.


Organic Chocolate
London Drugs has a great selection of organic and Fair Trade chocolate sure to tempt any tree-hugging taste buds.


Green & Black’s – A Green Deal holiday classic. Organic, fair trade and available in a range of delicious varieties.


Pacari – This premium brand promises ‘organic chocolate from tree to bar’. USDA Organic, Vegan, Beyond Fair Trade and B-Corp Certified.


Zazubean – Certified Fair Trade, USDA Organic, not to mention vegan and Kosher. Also some of the best chocolate names in the business. (Nutbar, anyone?)


Theobroma – Certified organic, Fair Trade and Gluten-Free, by Quebec Chocolatier Vigneault. Nice stocking-stuffer stick size.


Green Magazines – The holidays are a great time to curl up with some sustainable reading, from healing herbs to vegan foods to solar heating plans. And they’re all recyclable (or burnable in a wood stove for heat) Visit the magazine section at your local London Drugs and browse for your special green someone. Fill out the subscription card for a gift that gives all year long. Pick up in-store.


Organic Coffee
For a true coffee aficionado, London Drugs has a great selection of organic and fair trade options.


Ethical Bean Coffee – Roasted in Vancouver, you can actually scan the code on each bag to see details on the origin and roast. Certified organic and fair trade.


Salt Spring Coffee – Orgainic and Fair Trade, they also support coffee farmers and communities with their Fair to Farmer Fund.


Commercial Drive Coffee – Here’s a local roast with a genuine East Van Vibe for the true hipster on your list. Certified Carbon Friendly and USDA Organic.


Kicking Horse Coffee – Roasted in the Kootenays for extra mountain flavour, this organic & Fair Trade blend is also available in a decorator tin just in time for the holidays.


Traditional Medicinals Organic Teas – A great gift for the long, cold winter season. Certified Canada Organic and available in a variety of flavours.


Stainless Steel Water Bottle Sustainable Gift

London Drugs Stainless Steel Double-Wall Water Bottle – Keeps drinks hot or cold for hours. Durable, stylish and ultimately recyclable.


PurEarth Eco Yoga Mat – Non Toxic, Latex, PVC & Chloride Free. Named one of Outside Magazine’s 12 Best Yoga Mats.


Burt’s Bees – A great green company. Even though they are owned by Clorox, this brand continues to impress with innovative natural products, low-waste packaging (check out their lipstick!) and a zero waste manufacturing facility.
Choose from lip balms, gift sets and even pet products.


Energizer Rechargeable Batteries and Charger – This is a green gift we recommend every year, because it keeps on giving. In fact, not only can you save money in the long run, you’ll also cut your battery waste by up to 75%


Wrap It All Up Sustainably!


London Drugs Seagrass Basket – It’s the gift box you can reuse all year long. Hand made from 100% natural materials. Comes in several sizes.


Adwood Pine Crate – Made from sustainably managed forests in BC, these crates look naturally good the way they are, and are also perfect for painting and decorating.


Be sure to let your giftees know that they can BRING BACK the PACK (including Styrofoam) from any London Drugs gifts, recycle old electronics and small appliances when they get new ones, and recycle beyond the Blue Box at their local store all year long.


Here’s to a Sustainable and Happy Holidays for all from your Green Deal Elves at London Drugs.

December 4th, 2018

Uncle Jack’s Top 10 things you should RECYCLE, not RE-GIFT.

As a reformed re-gifter, Uncle Jack knows it can be tempting to repurpose stuff that may be lying around. So here are his top 10 things you should ALWAYS recycle – by bringing them to your local London Drugs!

Recycle old tube TVs at London Drugs

Old Televisions –Tube style TVs are heavy – that’s because the tubes contain lead. So always bring them in for responsible recycling. Just go to the customer service desk at your local London Drugs and they will let you know where to drop them off in the store. You can also bring in any broken or unwanted flat screens and computer monitors.

Recycle old computers at London DrugsComputers – Besides being slow and outdated, old computers can still contain valuable data, even after you erase the drive. Recycle them at your London Drugs computer department and we make sure the drives are destroyed before they leave the store, and all electronics are processed into raw materials in Canada before shipping.

Printers – Just because it may still work, doesn’t mean its gift worthy. Bring your old printer,scanner or fax to the London Drugs computer department and our recycling elves will take care of it.

Cell Phones – These devices can also carry data, and contain valuable materials that should be repurposed. Drop them off, along with all extra cords and chargers, at your local London Drugs.

recycle old audio equipment at London DrugsYour Old Stereo – From the outdated amplifier to the cassette deck that never did work that well, all old audio equipment can be recycled at London Drugs. How does that sound?

recycle small appliances at London DrugsSmall Appliances – Your hair dryer from 1986 and that blender that doesn’t crush ice any more make bad gifts, but good recycling. Any small appliance with a cord can be dropped off at London Drugs.

Light Bulbs – These would make strange stocking stuffers, indeed. Better to recycle all incandescents, CFLs, LEDs, and even fluorescent tubes up to 4 feet long, at – you guessed it – London Drugs. Oh, and we take Christmas lights, too.

Batteries – Maybe they work, a little bit. Maybe not. In any case, old batteries should NOT be included under the tree. Recycle them with us, along with button-style batteries, rechargeables, and even camera and computer batteries.

Smoke Alarms – OK, even Uncle Jack at his worst would not have re-gifted one of these. But we should mention that smoke alarms actually contain a tiny bit of radioactive material, and need to be disposed of properly. With us.

Styrofoam – No one wants a squeaky surprise in their stocking. Bring all your household styrofoam, from egg cartons to packaging to meat tray (rinsed!) and we will have it recycled into styrene plastic that can be used again.

Want to see what else you can recycle at London Drugs? Visit greendeal.ca  to learn more.

November 2nd, 2018

This Daylight Savings, think BACON! Time to check your smoke alarms and recycle your old batteries at London Drugs.

People like bacon a lot more than maintaining smoke alarms! So at daylight savings time, while we fall back, think BACON!  Test your smoke detectors, change the batteries and recycle at London Drugs. Not only does your local LD store take back all types of alkaline and rechargeable batteries, we can also safely recycle your old smoke alarm if it fails the test. (This is especially important as smoke alarms can actually contain small amounts of radioactive material)

So sleep in, then… have BACON! (Extra crispy!)

October 26th, 2018

Does sustainability matter when you’re buying online? YES! London Drugs wins 2018 Canada Post eCommerce Social Impact Award

Green eCommerce Social Impact Award londondrugs.com sustainable

With the growth of eCommerce and online ordering, it’s important to know that the company filling your order is working to reduce their environmental impact.

That’s why we were excited and humbled to be recognized nationally by Canada Post for Social Impact in the eCommerce industry.

As part of our award entry, the What’s the Green Deal team prepared a 5-minute video outlining some of our recycling services, processes and successes.


Last year alone,we helped recycle 3,711 pounds of cell phones (32% increase over 2016); 42,155 pounds of fluorescent lights (9% increase over 2016); 122,780 pounds of batteries (5% increase over 2016); and 370,751 pounds of electronics (10,000 pounds more than in 2016). We also diverted 93.9% of waste from landfill.

But we wouldn’t have received this award without the hard work of our employees and the support of customers who care.

London Drugs sustainability platformOur londondrugs.com eCommerce team and our warehouse employees work hard to promote all 4 pillars of the What’s the Green Deal? sustainability platform.

London Drugs customers who order online and pick up in-store can also bring back their packaging, as well as any ‘beyond the blue box’ recycling accepted at their local store.

So we share this award with YOU! And we can all click with that!

 

August 29th, 2018

Keeping Other Flexible Plastic Packaging Out of Landfill in BC – 
5 Things You Need to Know

Sustainable recycling flexible plastic packaging

London Drugs stores in BC are now accepting Other Flexible Plastic Packaging (separately from soft plastics recycling) as part of RecycleBC’s new take back program. More and more packaging of this type is in our shopping cart and cupboards. Now you can keep it out of landfill and help RecycleBC determine how it can ultimately best be recycled.

Here’s what you need to know when you drop by your local BC London Drugs store with your recycling:


1. What is ‘Other Flexible Plastic Packaging’?

This program covers a LOT of bag and package types. The basics accepted types are:

  • Stand up and zipper lock pouches
  • Crinkly wrappers and bags, including chip bags, bar and candy wrappers
  • Flexible packaging with plastic seal
  • Woven net and plastic bags
  • Non food protective packaging

 See a more complete list below, or go to RecycleBC for more info


2. What is NOT accepted in this program?

  • NO soft, stretchy plastic bags such as bread bags and shopping bags. These go in the Soft Plastics bin.
  • NO Plastic squeeze tubes
  • NO Plastic-lined paper (or paper-lined plastic!)
  • NO biodegradable or oxo plastics
  • NO PVC or vinyl
  • NO 6-pack rings
  • NO Plastic strapping or squishy foam

3. Why so picky about what’s accepted?

To help develop recycling processes, it really helps to have as pure a stream as possible of the right materials. Non-accepted items can make it difficult to identify recyclable plastics, and may even clog up machinery.


4. What happens to the material collected?

Other Flexible Plastic Packaging collected will be used for research and development at Merlin Plastics in Delta, BC. They will run tests to help develop a viable process for recycling this varied material. What cannot be recycled will be recovered and produced into engineered fuel, used in commercial operations such as concrete plants.


5. What is ‘Engineered Fuel’?

Engineered fuel is an energy product engineered to exact specifications be a direct replacement for traditional non-renewable resources. It can decrease the need for fossil fuels such as coal. But plastic is made from oil, so greenhouse gasses are still emitted when the fuel is combusted.
RecycleBC’s goal is to Increase the materials recycled and decrease the amount produced into engineered fuel as the technology is refined.


So gather up those Other Flexible Plastics and bring them down to your Local BC London Drugs store. It’s one more step we can take to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.


The Great 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!)

August 10th, 2018

Sunscreen Safety – 5 Things You Need to Know

Sunscreen is one of those things we are supposed to apply liberally to our arms, legs, face and kids. … so what’s actually IN it? How does it work? Are some sunscreens ‘greener’ than others? Here’s a little summertime reading for anyone planning to protect themselves from the sun.

1. How sunscreen works: There are 2 types:

MINERAL sunscreen creates a layer of particles (zinc or titanium oxide) that deflect the sun’s rays.
• Effective immediately
• Does not degrade from UV exposure
• Does not penetrate the skin
• Also effective against UVA rays
• Safe for use in coral areas

CHEMICAL sunscreen uses compounds that absorb the sun’s rays and turn them into non-damaging wavelengths.
• Easy to apply, non-whitening
• Requires wait time to be effective
• Chemicals can penetrate skin
Chemicals degrade when exposed to UV
May harm coral reefs

2. Chemical Sunscreen Ingredients
Chemical sunscreens typically contain a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients:
oxybenzone
octinoxate
octisalate
octocrylene
homosalate
avobenzone

Recently, concerns have been raised about long-term safety of some of these ingredients, particularly oxybenzone (benzophenone-3 ) which, in addition to sun protection, acts as a penetration enhancer. This chemical has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cellular damage.
(Oxybenzone is present in over 500 other North American cosmetic items.)  (1)

Watch the Spray!
Spray sunscreens have increased in popularity, but some experts don’t recommend them, because of the hazard of inhaling chemicals and particles. (2)

3.Look for Broad Spectrum Protection
The suns rays come in different lengths, and it’s a good idea to protect against them all.

UVA radiation
• Goes deeper into the skin (dermis).
• Causes premature aging and wrinkles.
• Causes tanning.

UVB radiation
• Affects the skin’s surface (epidermis).
• Contributes most to burning of skin.
• Damages your eyes. (5)

4. Is Higher SPF Better?

People assume that they get twice as much protection from SPF 100 sunscreen as from SPF 50. In reality, the extra protection may be negligible. Used correctly, sunscreen with SPF values in the range of 30 to 50 will offer adequate protection, even for people most sensitive to sunburn. (6)

UV protection does not follow a linear relationship, meaning that if you apply half of the recommended amount you get LESS than half of the labeled SPF protection.

5. Protect ecosystems and coral too – with biodegradable and Reef Safe options

25 to 60 million bottles worth of sunscreen wash off into coral reef areas each year, and researchers have found that common sunscreen chemicals can be toxic to coral health. (3)
Now Hawaii has passed a law that will ban the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate. Sunscreens with titanium oxide or zinc oxide, (natural mineral ingredients), have not been found harmful to corals. (4) If you are swimming in nature, choose one of these options.

Great Green Sunscreen Options
London Drugs is pleased to offer a range of sunscreen options. Here are some choices that protect as sustainably as possible:

Attitude Mineral Sunscreens
Mineral- based protection: Non-nano Zinc Oxide
Ecologo Certified™
Vegan, not tested on animals
UVA, UVB protection
Made in Canada

Aveeno Mineral & Aveeno Baby
Mineral based protection
UVA, UVB protection

Badger Sunscreens
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Mineral Protection
Biodegradable
87% organic ingredients
UVA, UVB protection

Boo Bamboo Natural Sunscreen
Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Oxide
UVA, UVB protection
Made in Canada

Goddess Garden
Certified organic
Non-Nano, Reef Safe, Non-GMO, Biodegradable
Vegan, Cruelty Free, Paraben and Phthalate Free
UVA, UVB protection

Green Beaver
Non-nano zinc oxide and titanium oxide mineral protection
100% natural, biodegradable and reef friendly
Made in Canada
UVA, UVB protection

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc
Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide
UVA, UVB protection

LEARN MORE at greendeal.ca
Blogs, videos, articles & products to help you live a little greener.

Sources:

(1) Source: London Drugs Health Blog 2014 – http://healthblog.londondrugs.com/suncare-update-2014
(2) Source: Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Report 2017 – http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/#.WW_md4qQxE5
(3) Environmental Working Group – Do the Chemicals in your sunscreen damage fragile coral reefs? – http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2016/07/do-chemicals-your-sunscreen-damage-fragile-coral-reefs#.WW_vvIqQxE4
(4) US National Park Service Bulletin – Protect Yourself, Protect the Reef! – https://cdhc.noaa.gov/_docs/Site%20Bulletin_Sunscreen_final.pdf
(5) Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation -http://www.canadianskincancerfoundation.com/sun-screen.html
(6) Environmental Working Group – What’s wrong with high SPF? – http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/whats-wrong-with-high-spf/#.WW_054qQxE4

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