When you see a computer, monitor, printer, or even a mouse pad, you may not immediately think to ask about toxic ingredients. But the London Drugs technology buyers do. That’s because the manufacturing high tech lifestyle products can include the use of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and other ingredients of concern.
So when it comes to ordering components and products for London Drugs’ Certified Data, Tree Frog and other in-house brands, merchandise Manager Cedric Tetzel has made it a priority to go above and beyond Canadian standards for toxic materials. When ordering from Asian factories, Cedric and his team demand products be made to the European standards of RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) or REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). They have also worked hard to minimize packaging and replace non-recyclable PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) with 100% recyclable PET plastic.
“The result is not just cleaner products and packaging,” says Cedric, “But the factories that produce to RoHS and REACH standards usually deliver higher quality products as well.”
Thanks for setting a higher standard and looking out for toxic materials, Cedric. You are the REAL Green Deal!
OK, just because you like to shop green, that doesn’t mean you are always on time! Nobody’s perfect. So here are 10 quick and sustainable gift ideas for your last minute Christmas shopping trip. (Just remember to ride your bike carefully through the snow…)
2. Hippie Veggie Clusters A great alternative to all the sweets under the tree, these snacks are Canadian made by Hippie Foods from real, simple, whole food ingredients. Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, B-Corp Certified and full of goodness! On sale for $5.99
3. London Drugs Stainless Steel Water Bottle Stop using disposable water bottles! Double-wall construction keeps liquids hot for 12 hours and cold for 24, while resisting sweat and condensation. It’s BPA and lead-free, and on sale right now for just $9.99
5. Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate This is an annual Green Deal Christmas favourite (to give OR receive!) Choose from a whole range of flavours, certified Fair Trade, and at just $4.59 each you can get two. (What the heck, it’s OK to keep one)
7. Green Magazines Give the gift of time to read over the holidays! Choose form a huge range of titles that will bring hours of relaxed enjoyment before being easily recycled. Or made into paper airplanes… or saved for wrapping next years presents… $9.99 – $11.99
8. London Naturals Organic Maple Syrup Nature’s sweetener! Harvested towards the end of the season, this darker syrup offers a more robust maple flavour that improves everything from coffee to pancakes. And it’s Canadian, Eh! $9.99
9. Bora Bora Recycled Post-It Notes These super-sticky notes are made with 30% post-consumer-recycled paper, with a plant-based adhesive that lets you stick them almost anywhere. Like on your teenager’s phone to remind them to take out the recycling…. Pack of three is just $8.99
10. CLIF Kid Organic Z-Bars These certified Organic snacks are perfect for keeping kids fueled. Non-GMO, no artificial flavours and no high-fructose corn syrup either. Made by CLIF Bar, London Drugs’ Sustainable Vendor of the Year for 2017! Package of 5, just $4.99
All around the world, forests are under pressure from development and harvesting. Recycled paper is a good solution, but what if paper could be made without using any trees at all? Sugar Sheet paper is made from the waste fibre generated from sugar cane processing. The paper is bright white, high quality, elemental chlorine free and completely recyclable. (And of course, it’s available at London Drugs!)
Sugar Sheet is suitable for use in inkjet printers, laser printers, copiers and even high quality offset printing presses. Best of all, the price is competitive with other high quality and recycled paper options.
By the numbers, Sugar Sheet is a more sustainable choice.
Sugar Sheet is produced for Social Print Paper Ltd., a Canadian company based in New Westminster BC whose goal is to minimize dependency on global forests to make paper. The paper is made in Columbia from a material that would otherwise be discarded or simply plowed back into the ground, so it does not have any adverse effects on food production.
To better understand its footprint, Social Print has produced a Life Cycle Assessment on Sugar Sheet paper, comparing GHG emissions and tree savings vs regular and recycled paper options. Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Sugar Sheet are 29% lower than even 100% recycled content paper, and 1 tonne of Sugar Sheet saves 26 trees compared to the baseline (0% recycled uncoated freesheet)
So if you want to print AND save trees at the same time, your sweetest paper choice is Sugar Sheet.
Looking for some more sustainable toys that can also teach the little ones a thing or two about recycling? Take a look at the Green Toys line. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, these great looking vehicles are bright, durable and perfect for the beach or playground.
The toys are made from recycled milk jugs (#5 PP plastic) and packaged in recycled (and recyclable) cardboard cartons printed with soy inks. They also contain no glues, screws or paint.
According to their website, every pound of recycled milk jugs used to create a Green Toys product saves enough energy to power 3,000 AAA batteries, a TV for 3 weeks or a laptop computer for a whole month.
On Saturday, June 18th the LD Gibsons team attended the 2016 Gibsons Home and Garden Expo at the Gibsons Community Centre. The theme for this year’s show was ‘Sustainable Living, Green Future’ so it was a great opportunity to showcase our What’s the Green Deal sustainability program.
Kristin from Webber Naturals was a hit!
We themed our booth, ‘Better Choices for Better Living’. This allowed us to touch on the many better consumer offerings we highlight in our stores with the Green Deal signage. We also brought along Kristin, a nutritionist from Webber Naturals, to help us talk about some of our health-related products and services.
The show was PACKED and we spoke to a lot of people about our Green Deal programs and products. It was a good opportunity to get feedback directly from customers, and response was extremely positive. Kristin, our Webber Nutritionist was extremely popular at the event and told us that this was the first event she had ever attended where she actually ran out of ballots for her gift basket draw!
We had other vendors support us with handouts and educational materials as well. Thanks to Tri-Mor/Hamilton Beach, Tree of Life for the Nakd Bars, Jamieson for the Gift Basket and Vega for the samples and literature.
Thanks also to Cathy Kovacs (Assistant Store Manager) and MariAnn Ostrosky (Supervisor) for planning and participating in the event, as well as Maury McCausland (Sustainability Coordinator), Lorne Craig (our Green Deal blogger), and Shelley Engelhardt (Marketing) for their help.
Based on our experience, we will definitely look at doing this again next year.
Many customers were surprised to learn about our many greener choice products.
There was a lonely flip phone. One of millions of discarded recyclables looking for a better place to call home. Fortunately, London Drugs was launching a program to make recycling as easy as a trip to the store. The year was 2008 Here’s our story.
The London Drugs philosophy is to support the communities we serve. Years before 2008, our stores had offered recycling, our photo labs treated their water and our operations reduced their impacts. But it was time to take our sustainability journey further. What’sthe Green Deal? began as a question, because we always want to seek better sustainability answers.
Our 4 Pillar Strategy:
1. WASTE REDUCTION – Over 93% Of all store waste is diverted from landfill by our employees.
2. ENERGY & OPERATIONS – Better warehouse design & lighting, biodiesel in our trucks and more.
3. UPSTREAM BUYING – Our Responsible Purchasing Policy helps show vendors exactly what we expect when it comes to their supply chain standards.
4. EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION – Our outreach events, sponsorships, Twitter feed @WTGreenDeal and our greendeal.ca website & blog help share greener living tips with the whole community.
What can customers recycle at London Drugs?
Packaging from our products including Styrofoam
Insurance Plastic Folders
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs & Fluorescent Light Tubes (up to 48”)
Ink jet Cartridges
Metal Film Canisters
WHERE does our recycling go?
Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP)
Various Recycling Partners
Our recycling partners are certified and reviewed to ensure no unprocessed material is sent to substandard offshore facilities London Drugs will take back all of your packaging from our products. Including the Styrofoam!
Don’t dump drugs! Our pharmacists take back all unused or expired medications, so they don’t pollute lands and waters.
Thanks to our customers and employees, our average yearly recycling totals over 11 MILLION lbs !
For those who like to shop a little greener… We identify Green Deal products with environmental benefits at the shelf and online.
The Zero Waste QUESTION – Can we create NEW products from the ‘waste’ material streams that come from our recycling?
We already have one closed-loop product on our shelves. Cascades recycled paper products are made from cardboard and paper partially sourced from our waste recycling streams. And we’re still looking for even more ways to get to Zero Waste.
LEARN MORE Visit our website for blogs, videos articles, and products that help you live a little greener. greendeal.ca
It can sometimes be hard to see what the real difference is between organic and non organic products. But there are a lot of differences in the way they are made. Nature’s Path is sharing that message with their latest video, ‘We Are All Farmers’. If you’ve never thought of yourself as a farmer, you just might after watching this. Have a great #OrganicWeek 2015!
‘Guest Posts’ are blog articles written by people outside London Drugs. These may be independent authors or companies who are featured in our GreenDeal Product Program. We review the content before posting and provide this space as a forum to offer information and discuss sustainability issues. So please let us know what you think!
Photo: Romariolen – iStock
by VEGA – You’re already bringing reusable shopping bags to London Drugs, recycling everything under the sun and biking to work to tread lighter on the planet. But have you ever thought about the impact diet has on your carbon footprint? When you fuel your busy life with more whole, nutrient dense, plant-based foods on your plate, your carbon footprint goes down. At Vega, our passion for plant-based nutrition is as much about empowering health as it is about supporting the health of our planet. Here are three reasons to add more plant-based foods to your diet today:
The consumption of plant and animal products has very different effects on the planet. While plants “breathe in” harmful carbon dioxide and release life-giving oxygen into the world, animals do the opposite. Cows not only breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, they also release methane gas—a large contributor to climate change. So in just the farming, from seed to harvest, plants take up less land, energy, water and resources than animals—and combat the emissions animals farmed for food release.
Higher nutrient-to-resources ratio
Plant-based foods provide a bounty of nutrients, without taking up the resources required of animal foods. Take a look at your standard Canadian breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausage links, a slice of toast, and hash browns requires 824 g of CO2 emissions. A plant-based smoothie made with ¼ cup of blueberries, ½ a banana, 1 cup of hemp milk and a scoop of Vega One emits only 155 g CO2 emissions. Choosing to start your day with a smoothie isn’t only nutrient dense, but it also lowers your carbon footprint.
Plant-based Foods are good for your health
You need to stay healthy to save the environment. Besides requiring fewer resources, plant-based foods are more nutrient dense than many other foods found in a typical diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts all provide a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, with relatively low calorie counts. Adding more plant-based foods to your diet can help your health—those who eat mainly plant-based tend to have lower BMIs and less risk of cardiovascular disease.1
Start with small changes
One of the easiest ways to reduce your food-related emissions is to add in more plant-based meals. Focusing on plant-based foods means less CO2 emissions, water and energy consumption. Don’t worry–this isn’t an all-or-nothing type of situation. Even if you’re not eating 100% plant-based, every plant-based food choice makes a difference. Why not start first thing in the morning? Blend fresh and frozen fruit, non-dairy milk, nuts, seeds and Vega One to start your day with fewer carbon emissions.
Even better, as you reach for a scoop of Vega One, you’ll notice that our bottles are now made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic—saving 278 tons of CO 2 or 63% less CO 2 greenhouse gas than virgin plastic per year.
If you need a gift for a friend or client who is into all things ‘green’, look no further. A bundle of GreenDeal products from London Drugs will have something to please almost anyone. For this box, I chose a variety of food, housewares beauty and cleaning products totaling about $65, including the classy suede-like storage box at $7.99 (I have not yet researched the supply-chain on this particular item, but I like that its very useful and reusable) Here are some highlights:
London Drugs Organic Tomato Sauce – This is an example of a great tasting, organic product that competes on price with national, non-organic brands.
Burts Bees Lip Balm – This is a nice treat for whomever gets to it first and claims it. A premium lip balm, from a great company that makes social and environmental factors a big part of their decision making.
To make a bodacious-looking package, I propped everything up with some crumpled newspaper underneath, arranged it and wrapped it all up with a strip of cloth from a spare piece of fabric.
Got someone sustainable to recognize? Check out our list of GreenDeal products, and make up your own gift box. It’s a local, personal gift that says you care about more than just saying ‘thanks’.
Posted by Lorne Craig at November 7, 2013 12:34 pm