November 22nd, 2016

HP Named 2017 Sustainable Vendor Partner of the Year, for Ink Cartridge Recycling and More.

We have SO many great GreenDeal vendors at London Drugs, it’s always a near-impossible choice to pick just one to recognize. But HP has really gone above and beyond in the electronics sustainability world.

The Best Ink Cartridge Recycling Program

HP has developed a mechanized process to disassemble their ink cartridges and  recycle the material, so that plastic from every HP cartridge returned gets included in new cartridges. Watch the video below as London Drugs Computers Merchandise Manager Cedric Tetzel explains how the program works.

Design for Recycling and ‘Closing the Loop’.

HP puts extra effort into the design of their electronics, so that they use recycled plastic in their manufacture, and are easier to disassemble and recycle at the end of their usable life. 48% of new commercial desktop products contained greater than 10% post-consumer recycled plastic content.

HP does a great job of measuring and reducing their impact world-wide.

The company has already achieved their goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 20% by 2020, (compared to 2010) They also scored 100/A for the second consecutive year in the CDP Climate disclosure and performance scores – the highest possible rating. HP scored a ‘Perfect 10’ for corporate social responsibility in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2016. They also have initiatives to benefit communities, workers and reduce deforestation.

Congratulations, HP – you are the REAL Green Deal!

May 31st, 2016

This June, join us to learn more about green tech at the HP Partner for the Planet Workshops. And don’t forget your recycling!


No one can be sustainable all on their own – making a difference takes partnership. And we are proud to partner with HP – a true leader in technology design and recycling – for some great in-store events in the London Drugs computer department. Workshops run from June 4 – 28. Check the store event listings here to find out when HP will be at your local London Drugs store.

When it comes to printer cartridges, few tech manufacturers match HP’s dedication to sustainability:

  • HP includes recycled plastic in products and designs up front for recyclability.
  • HP offers free take-back and recycling of printer cartridges in more than 50 countries worldwide.
  • In one year, HP has used more than 15 million lbs of recycled plastic as raw material for the manufacture of cartridges.
  • Since 1997 more than 210 million cartridges have been returned to HP for recycling.
  • 3.3 billion plastic bottles and 50 million plastic apparel hangers kept out of landfill through HP’s Canadian formulated closed loop recycling process.
  • Recycled plastic contained in HP cartridges has a 30% smaller carbon footprint than new plastic used in cartridges.
  • See how your printer’s carbon footprint compares! Try the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator.

Ever wonder how a printer cartridge gets recycled? See behind the green scenes in this HP video.

Join our computer techs to find out more, and bring your tech waste for FREE recycling.
If you have HP cartridges, that’s great. But remember, London Drugs takes back all cartridge brands, as well as printers, computers, TVs, DVD and VHS players, batteries and more.

Workshop Dates

September 11th, 2013

Making new printer cartridges out of old ones. How HP closes the loop on printer cartridge manufacturing.

What happens to all those little printer cartridges that you bring back to London Drugs for recycling? It’s hard to imagine taking them all apart and making new ones out of the raw material, but in HP’s case (at least with some of the cartridges returned) that’s exactly what they do! Check out the video to see the process in action.

Through their Planet Partners initiative, HP offers free cartridge return and recycling in over 50 countries worldwide. Cartridges are sent to regional HP Planet Partners plants, sorted and prepared for recycling. This can involve shredding or disassembly – a new innovation for HP. Labels, lids, foam, metal and plastic bodies are separated. Metals can be smelted and reused and plastics become raw material for new cartridges.

Last year alone, HP used 15 million lbs of recycled plastic to manufacture new cartridges – from those returned to HP Planet partners, plus other sources like water bottles. Since 1997 more than 210 million HP cartridges have been returned for recycling, and HP has produced more than 1 billion cartridges using recycled material, including 1.5 billion recycled water bottles. Visit the HP website to find out more.

No matter what kind of cartridges you use, please return them to London Drugs for recycling. Because, as HP says, protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility.

May 28th, 2013

More FSC Certifications for our office papers means you can print with forests in mind.


A recent press release from HP makes it official that their HP office papers are now FSC certified. Our Hammermill brands and Domtar EarthChoice papers also bear the FSC logo, meaning that you can now feel confident that office paper you buy at London Drugs has come from well-managed forests.

The Forest Stewardship Council has a reputation as one of the most rigorous and credible independent certification standards available. Fibre from certified forests is tracked all the way to the consumer through the FSC Chain of Custody system.

FSC Certification also applies to wood and other paper products. Find out a bit more about FSC Certification in our London Drugs photo envelopes, Garant shovels and Hilroy Biodegradable Bubble Envelopes.

Post-consumer recycled paper content helps save even more trees, and the greenest office paper of all is the one you don’t print. So choose both your papers and the projects you decide to print with care.

September 20th, 2012

Which laptop is greenest? A back-to-school showdown.

Electronics are complex, and the many components and processes in their manufacture makes it tough to choose the most sustainable option. Adira Vasil, self-proclaimed ‘ecoholic’ at Toronto’s NOW Magazine, took on this challenge, with some interesting results.

To start with, by choosing a laptop over a desktop machine, you are already using around 50% less power.
Beyond that, Vasil turned to Greenpeace International’s Guide to Greener Electronics, which has been scoring electronic brands since 2006 on factors like energy use, climate policies/practices, toxin reduction, recycling programs and more.

Two brands available at London Drugs were worthy of mention – HP and Apple.
All Apple products are now totally free of PVC and BFRs*, and they all meet or exceed Energy Star standards. Though the world’s most valuable company still doesn’t do as well when it comes to using post-consumer recycled plastic and sustainable paper.

Apple does get top points for e-waste recycling, and along with HP earns top points for avoiding the conflict minerals that fuel Africa’s most brutal wars.

HP squeaked into the lead on the Greenpeace report, mostly because it’s been a leader in “sustainable operations” and measuring and reducing greenhouse gases. HP also won’t get any paper from illegally logged sources, and its notebooks are free of PVC, BFRs and mercury.

Not mentioned on the Greenpeace list, but worthy of consideration, is London Drugs’ own Certified Data brand of laptops, which are made to the RoHS standard (reduction of hazardous substances) This is a higher European standard of manufacturing, not legally required in North American market, that mandates lower levels of toxic substances in electronics manufacturing.

Whatever your choice of machine, make sure you select the best energy saving settings, and recycle it responsibly when it is at the end of its life. Of course, you can bring back any London Drugs electronics back to us for recycling as well as your old equipment if you are upgrading. We will also take back all your packaging for recycling, including the Styrofoam®.

That’s the real Green laptop Deal.

*Polyvinyl Chloride and Brominated Flame Retardants – PVC & BFR are chemicals known to release corrosive and toxic gases if ignited in a fire, or if improperly disposed.