At London Drugs, we strive to do business responsibly. The four pillars of our sustainability strategy aim to improve: waste reduction, energy & operations, upstream buying, and education. Since 2008, our in-store recycling initiatives have prevented tonnes of garbage from reaching landfills. April, of course, is Earth Month—Earth Day falls on the 22nd—so we’ve collected for you a clutch of our favourite sustainability tips and tricks. Enjoy!
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Over 4,500 pounds of electronics and other items diverted from the City of Calgary’s landfills
On September 20, 2014 the communities of Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak participated in a Community Cleanup sponsored by The City of Calgary and London Drugs.
The parking lot of London Drugs Royal Oak was turned into a recycling party with music playing, a Community Appreciation BBQ serving up hot dogs, and a steady stream of recyclers from the community dropping off items at the different charity and recycling stations.
Local charities, Neighborlink and Goods Trading Services together reusing a whole truck load of clothes, household goods, furniture and toys – all being donated to families in need. Habitat for Humanity also collected remnants from renovation projects for use in future construction.
It’s the happiest time of the year. It’s also the most wasteful. Boxes and Styrofoam and gift-wrap – oh my!
According to Stats Canada, the annual waste generated in Canada from gift-wrapping and shopping bags equals about 545,000 tonnes. If every Canadian family reduced its weekly waste during the holidays by just one kilogram, we could eliminate 34,000 tonnes of garbage.
London Drugs, recipient of numerous corporate recycling awards for their waste diversion program, What’s the Green Deal?, shares ideas on how you can reduce or divert that holiday waste from going into landfills.
Canadian Retailer Receives Top ‘Waste Wise’ Prize in Alberta
Taking home the ‘waste wise’ prize in the large business category, the company was one of 32 finalists out of a record number of nominations from across Alberta this year.
“London Drugs has stewarded environmental efforts for a number of years, and we have made strides through our waste diversion programs,” said Maury McCausland, Administrator of Retail Operations for London Drugs. “It’s truly an honour to be recognized for these efforts. It’s not only a testament to our team of employees who all aspire to make a difference, but also our loyal customers who care to participate in the recycling programs we offer.”
In the 1980s, London Drugs was one of Canada’s first retailers to offer its customers the opportunity to recycle plastic shopping bags. Since then, recycling solutions and the list of items and materials that London Drugs recycles has grown substantially – now more than 74 per cent of the company’s waste is recycled or repurposed, instead of going to landfill.
Since the 2008 launch of London Drugs’ educational ‘What’s the Green Deal’ program and the support from its staff and customers, London Drugs now tallies more than 42 million pounds of materials recycled including: Styrofoam, batteries, computers, televisions, cell phones, paper, plastic, cardboard, and metals.
“We offer customers in-store recycling that goes beyond what is mandated by regulations. We work with our buyers and suppliers to improve our product sustainability, and we communicate with our customers in-store and online with a dedicated website, blogs, videos and social media,” adds McCausland. “We are proud of the achievements of our employees and customers in reducing waste, but we realize the journey to sustainability is one that never ends. That’s why ‘What’s the Green Deal?’ is a question we will continue to ask ourselves, even as we endeavor to answer it.”
London Drugs’ overall waste diversion rate rose from 67% in 2011 to 74% in 2012. And individual stores have advanced even further with a chain-wide goal for all London Drugs stores to achieve 95% waste diversion by 2015.
In Alberta, the Oliver Square West store in Edmonton posted an impressive 93% recycling rate. This success story can be read here.
The company also continues to look for ways to help green the communities they operate in. Most recently, London Drugs partnered with Green Calgary to reduce the ‘waste hangover’ of a popular Stampede breakfast in Calgary.
To see what products can be recycled through London Drugs, or to learn more about these eco-friendly services and products visit the What’s The Green Deal? website at http://www.greendeal.ca
In honour of Earth Month we challenged our stores to create a video about how they’re doing their part to be Earth Friendly. Everyone had a great time and some real creativity was shown.
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Make the switch to these featured GREEN household products to make your daily rituals more eco-friendly.
From breakfast to bedtime, London Drugs has a huge array of products to compliment your day-to-day while keeping in mind the environment and the creation of a sustainable future. By making small changes in personal product choices, you may be able to lessen your own environmental impact and carbon footprint to benefit the earth.
Make your before breakfast to-dos greener by using Tom’s of Maine Anticavity Toothpaste with Flouride. Not only does Tom’s strive to use renewal resources in their products, but also is constantly working towards the ‘greening’ of all business practices like manufacturing and packaging. Tom’s recent switch from aluminum to laminate tubing has resulted in lowered raw materials and energy usage, contributing to their notably low carbon footprint.
London Drugs is the first major retailer in Canada to introduce recycling collection boxes for all beauty packaging and chocolate wrappers.
London Drugs, a leading general retailer in Western Canada, is now offering consumers a chance to recycle their used beauty packaging and chocolate wrappers at all 75 of their stores. The recycling program is in partnership with leading recycler and upcycler TerraCycle, and current TerraCycle program partners, Garnier and Nestlé.