December 21st, 2017

10 Last-Minute Green Stocking Stuffers for Under $10

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…)

1. Wake them up with organic, Fair Trade coffee!
This week you can get 284g ground coffee from KickingHorse or 340g beans from Ethical Bean on sale for just $9.99 each. Both are certified organic, and for extra holiday fun you can scan the Ethical Bean bag and trace the origin of that exact batch.

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

4. Burt’s Bees Skin Essentials Set
Two 100% Natural lip balms and a pack of 99.7% natural facial cleaning towelettes bundled up in a recyclable decorative seasonal gift pack. All from a company buzzing with a triple-bottom-line philosophy of People, Planet and Profit. Just $7.99

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)

6. Love Crunch Granola
This is what happens when 100% Organic, Non-GMO granola meets Fair Trade dark chocolate. Is it a snack or a breakfast? Who cares?? Share the love… just $5.99

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

BONUS – Wrap it all up in a 100% Natural Seagrass Basket.
Nature’s packaging! Looks great and is 100% biodegradable. On sale for just $9.99

However you choose to enjoy the holidays, remember to recycle your wrap, Bring Back the Pack and don’t waste a single moment! Merry Christmas from What’s the Green Deal!

August 13th, 2012

Reusable water bottles – which is right for you?

In the summertime heat, staying hydrated is important. But with millions of single use water bottles being disposed of every year, it’s a good green idea to make a reusable bottle part of your plan. So which to choose?

For affordability, weight and versatility, plastic wins. Plastics #2, #4, and #5 are the healthiest bottle options as they are not known to leach. However, all plastic bottles may retain odors or stains and after repeated use. Plastic #2 is commonly recyclable, and plastics #4 and 5 may be brought back to any London Drugs for recycling.

What does BPA-Free mean? Bisphenol-A is a chemical that was once used extensively to make polycarbonate bottles. In 2010, Canada declared BPA a toxic substance, and now almost all water bottles are made BPA-free. For BPA-free polycarbonate plastic options, Look for plastic #7, like the Nalgene Everyday or Rubbermaid Refill/Reuse models shown here.

Stainless Steel
This material is non-reactive and requires no coating, so it’s one of the purest options out there. However, stainless steel may dent if dropped and it definitely heats up on a hot day. If you like art, the Threadless line from Thermos features innovative designs sourced from the online community.

There are some awesome high-tech bottle designs made from aluminum, as it is lightweight and strong. But because aluminum can react to acidic liquids, containers of this type must be coated on the inside. So look for high-quality models such as the Swiss SIGG and Wenger Eco-Bottle options shown here. Both are recyclable and feature BPA-Free linings.

Lids, Mouths and More
There are a wide variety of lids to choose from, whether you like to sip, pour or glug. Some are even recyclable. Again, look for #2, #4 or #5 stamped on them if this is important to you.

What’s the greenest deal?
My favourite is the Aladdin Sustain e-Cycle bottle, made of 90% recycled food-grade, dishwasher-safe #5 plastic, containing 22.5% post-consumer waste. It’s also 100% recyclable and has a wide mouth opening perfect for adding ice cubes.

But the important thing is to get a water bottle that is handy, functional and attractive enough that you will actually use it. Remembering not to leave it behind is another whole article.