March 12th, 2018

Reducing Toxins in our Electronics and Packaging

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!


December 13th, 2016

The 12 Green Days of Christmas

Brought to you by the holiday’s most famous countdown song, London Drugs and What’s the Green Deal proudly present this Greener Christmas Carol. You know how it goes… come on, sing along!

12 Organic Chocolates

12 Organic Chocolates Green & Blacks is one of the tastiest ways to say you care for that green person on your list. This 12-pack includes classic flavours like Milk Chocolate, 70% Cacao Dark, Almond, Hazelnut & Currant and more… all Certified Organic and Fair Trade.

11 Beeswax Lipsticks OK, this great line of lipsticks actually comes in 14 colours, but we needed SOMETHING for number 11 ! These Burt’s Bees lipsticks are made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils, their packaging is completely recyclable and the container is even made with 60% post-consumer-waste recycled content. That’s worth a kiss.

10 LED Lights Gone are the electricity-sucking holiday lights of old… at least they should be! LED technology uses 80-90% less energy, while lasting WAY longer. The Apex Outdoor Sparkle Orbs look (and run) cool.  Remember, you can recycle your old light sets for free at your local London Drugs!

9 Green Pens Writing Onyx & Green makes a whole line of more eco-friendly office and school supplies, and when it comes to pens you can take your pick. Made from recycled plastic bottles, sustainable bamboo, recycled aluminum, or recycled milk cartons. Green list made & checked twice.

8 Organic Coffees Earth’s Choice. Commercial Drive. Kicking Horse. Ethical Bean. For the coffee lover in your life, London Drugs has a great selection that’s Certified Organic and Fair Trade and comes with 100% local character.

7 Plugs Unplugging The TreeFrog Smart Power Bar 7 saves electricity by automatically shutting off selected plugs (like your printer and monitor) when you shut off your computer. Duh! Smart green gift!

6 Brushes Brushing EcoTools cosmetics brushes are made with recycled aluminum and bamboo.  Beautifully soft on resources. And your face.

5 Great Green Toys!!! (Made with recycled plastic……) Green Toys are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic. (#5 Polypropylene from recycled milk jugs) and packaged in recycled (and recyclable) cardboard cartons printed with soy inks. They also contain no glues, screws or paint. 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. Oh, and they are really fun to go ‘vroom’ with.

4 Batteries Charging When batteries aren’t included, give the gift that keeps giving. Rechargeables are better for the planet and your pocketbook (We’ve done the math!) Try the Energizer Pro Charger with 4AA’s – it even shows you the charging stages so you know where your holiday energy level is at.

3 Reusable Boxes Give a gift that stores itself! Wrap your present in one of these classy reusable storage boxes with a big red ribbon. Extra green points if you choose a classy seagrass basket made with natural materials.

2 Organic Syrups Sweet gift ideas that work on pancakes, oatmeal or even in your coffee. London Naturals Organic Syrup for the classic Canadian maple experience or Wild Tusker Coconut Syrup, made from 100% pure coconut sap collected from organically grown coconut plantations in Sri Lanka.

And a place where you recycle for free…. Your local London Drugs store will take back all sorts of electronics, small appliances, plastic bags, batteries, light bulbs, and more. (Even broken holiday lights!) We will even take back packaging from any purchase you make in our stores with our Bring Back the Pack program. Find out more at

However you choose to celebrate YOUR holidays, here’s hoping it’s a wonderful time filled with love, laughter and joy. That’s the REAL Green Deal.

November 2nd, 2011

The GreenDeal Team: Meet Cedric Tetzel – Merchandise Manager on a Mission

Do you like your electronics made with less toxins like lead, mercury and cadmium? So does Cedric. As the man in charge of London Drugs’ computer buying, he brings his own practical green sensibility to work every day. That’s why Cedric demands that all London Drugs Certified Data products and Tree Frog brand accessories meet the European RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) standard, even though it’s not required by law in North America.

“Electronics manufacturing in Asia is split,” he explains. “You have products made to the European RoHS standard, and the products made to North American, or US standards. When we first started asking for the European standard, we were repeatedly told we didn’t have to, that we could go for the lower standard. But we kept insisting, and now our suppliers know that’s what we expect.”

Cedric has been with London Drugs for more than 16 years, so he knows his business. And even though sustainable thinking is now becoming mainstream, he sees ‘green’ more as an expression of product value.
“You can always buy cheaper, but when you pay a few pennies more up front, you get better materials and better quality. Whether that’s wires that use longer-life copper instead of aluminum, or a better-engineered laptop that will last you 5 years instead of three.”

And Cedric believes green shouldn’t have to cost more. “It’s only more expensive when people aren’t buying enough of it,” he says. “Make a big enough production run and green can be just as affordable.”

Cedric is also working with the rest of the London Drugs merchandise team on some new standards for other aspects of sustainable purchasing. “We are in the process of developing a sustainability survey for our vendors, asking them about things like labour and environmental practices,” he says. “When you make it known that’s what you are looking for, vendors respond. They are businesspeople after all. Our company recognizes and places a priority on sustainability and we want to reward suppliers who contribute to healthy, fair and safe workplaces and practice environmental stewardship.”

Even though Cedric Tetzel deals in the world economy, he also brings his green behavior right down to the grassroots level.

“It’s basically what my Grandma used to do. Chasing kids around, telling them to switch lights off. I even take all the junk faxes I get and clip them together for notepads. Am I cheap? Maybe. But why waste what you don’t use?”

We couldn’t agree more, Cedric. That’s why you are the Real Green Deal!