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London Drugs Recycling Options and Earth Day Prize Giveaway

April 17th, 2013 @ 6:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22nd and London Drugs is reminding consumers that they host a variety of options for recycling and purchasing eco-friendly goods. Leading by example, more than 74 per cent of the company’s waste is recycled or repurposed, instead of going to landfill. The Olympic Village Store in Vancouver has also achieved a 96% recycling rate.

London Drugs Grand Opening and BC Children's Hospital Campaign

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.

London Drugs recycles responsibly, shipping TVs, computers, VCRs, printers and other electronics (in BC) to Genesis Recycling. Non-toxic materials are sorted and bundled for sale as commodities for remanufacture. Circuit boards and TV tubes are sent to North American smelters such as TECK (in Trail, BC) where they are safely melted down and their precious metals recovered. They’re even getting into recycling candybar wrappers and beauty packaging.

The following items can be recycled at London Drugs locations:

  • Electrical and Electronic goods (TVs, VCRs, computers, monitors, printers etc.)
  • Small Appliances
  • Styrofoam, plastic and cardboard packaging from our products
  • Cell phones, PDA and rechargeable batteries
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL’s) and fluorescent light tubes up to 4-foot lengths
  • Disposable cameras
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Laser cartridges
  • Metal film canisters
  • Plastic bags
  • Pop bottles and cans (BC only)
  • Insurance plastic folders
  • Laser cartridges
  • Brita water filters
  • Candy bar and cosmetic packaging
  • Soda stream containers
  • Toys

To celebrate the 150+ products on London Drugs shelves that have environmentally-preferable benefits or certifications, they have offered up a prize pack valued at $200 for me to give away to one lucky reader (pictured below).

Here’s how you can enter to win this eco-friendly prize pack:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming 1 way you can reduce your waste footprint as a consumer (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win an #LDGreen prize pack valued at $200 from @LondonDrugs & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/kaxUW

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Learn more about London Drugs’ green product information by following What’s the Green Deal on Twitter.

Update The winner is Elizabeth B!

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402 comments

  1. Sylvia P says:

    I always bring my own coffee mug/cup to coffee shops.

  2. 1 way we can all reduce our waste footprint as a consumer is to reduce our food footprint by eating more local, organic, in-season foods. Shopping at our local farmer’s market & natural foods store. Purchase local, in-season foods. Choose foods with less packaging to reduce waste. Last but not least COMPOST our food waste. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome this eco-friendly prize pack! Happy Earth Day.

  3. Katie says:

    I bring a water bottle with me everywhere so I don’t have to keep getting styrofoam cups from work.

  4. Raju says:

    Buy less.

  5. Stevie says:

    Buy products that are refillable.

  6. Tania says:

    Bring recyclables like plastic cups, cutlery, paper home to recycle.

  7. Tina says:

    Use a water bottle so you don’t have to buy plastic bottles of water or use paper or styrofoam cups.

  8. Sara says:

    Take your own bags or containers to the shops to use for bulk items.

  9. Dilara says:

    I carry a reusable bag in my purse at all times so I don’t need plastic bags for impromptu shopping trips.

  10. Patricia says:

    But less, waste less. But if you DO have to buy, try to look for products, produce, etc. with minimal packaging & bring reusable bags to put your groceries in!

  11. Patricia says:

    * Buy not BUT

  12. Jen says:

    Buy products with less packaging – it’s amazing what an excess of packaging so many things come with/in!

  13. maria says:

    Use your own bags at the store and use plastic ones at home for garbage etc.

  14. Linda says:

    I don’t take bags from the store, I use my backpack.

  15. Phil says:

    I only use brown paper bags never plastic bags when I do my grocery shopping and I use my own cloth bags when I shop at London Drugs.

  16. Emilia says:

    I don’t own a car, I ride my bike everywhere, I don’t eat processed foods

  17. Gary says:

    I use a re-usable bag, instead of plastic.

  18. Jen says:

    Walk or ride a bicycle instead of using a vehicle!

  19. Debra says:

    I am a big believer in buying second hand stuff in thriftstores, garage sales and flea markets to buy almost everything I need!

  20. Linda says:

    I generally try to keep items, such as equipment, until they are beyond repair or at the end of their useful life instead of buying new versions of them. New is not necessarily better.

  21. Anne Taylor says:

    We are avid recyclers, re-users, and add to my dad’s compost daily!

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

    https://twitter.com/greeeneyedwhwom/status/324752421207302145

  22. Samantha says:

    Turn off laptop when not using it!

  23. Bryan says:

    Reduce the amount of waste products. Reuse items as much as possible. Recycle always!

  24. Megan says:

    recycle as much as you can!

  25. MIchelle says:

    Use reusable items, buy less, amd recycle.

  26. Carmelle says:

    Changing all our lightbulbs to energy-saving lightbulbs!

  27. maggie says:

    There are a lot of easy ways I try to reduce waste – reusable mugs, water bottles, and bags, and avoiding as much packaging as I can. After compost and recycling, barely anything goes into the garbage.

  28. Kendall says:

    Buying second hand furniture for your home not only adds character but gives a second life to items that would end up in a landfill.

  29. Mairi says:

    getting used goods when new (to us) items are needed from craigs list / freecycle rather than just purchasing new

  30. Curtis says:

    No “on the run” fast food meals!

  31. Katie says:

    I carry a water bottle with me so I don’t have to buy plastic bottles of water

  32. Cliff says:

    Recycle as much as you can in bins, and take what you can to recycling depots (i.e. old electronics)

  33. Brenda says:

    Bring reusable bags for all kinds of shopping, not just for groceries

  34. Arjun Rudra says:

    Use less plastic, discard less, try and get into the nose to tail movement, where no part of an animal goes to waste.

  35. Vanessa Perry says:

    Only purchase products in glass or recyclable cardboard or paper :)

  36. Ray Maddly says:

    Reusable bags and make purchases that consider environmental packaging as opposed to just item content.

  37. Amy says:

    If I need office furniture I’d check the government’s online auction site GSSurplus.ca for great deals and re-use before I buy new.

  38. I recycle all my waste, we have a compost bin, I use permanent shopping bags (tasty only cost a dollar a piece) and I recycle my electronics!

  39. Cathy C says:

    I compost and reuse reduce and recycle where ever I can and make sure that my family does too

  40. Roy says:

    We use a Brita and refill our own water bottles – we don’t buy bottled water

  41. Sandra says:

    re-useable bags everywhere the family goes.

  42. Suzanne G says:

    I have my own water bottle that I use whenever I travel and just refill along the way

  43. Lana says:

    reusable water bottle

  44. karen kelly says:

    whenever possible i recycle plastic to make things like bee catchers and funnels and bird houses

  45. Bernice says:

    Buy food that is not packaged, recycle everything recyclable & upset when other cities don’t recycle !!

  46. Christine S. says:

    I can walk to work two days a week.

  47. Rosely Duffy says:

    while camping i use Bannock for the plates to put the food on. They can be eaten afterwards with no waste :)

  48. Chandan Kumar says:

    We should use bags made of paper and/or recycled materials for shopping to reduce the amount of plastic in use.

  49. Shannon M says:

    When I make lunches for school, I always use reusable containers instead of plastic bags.

  50. leanne says:

    I bring my own cloth bags for every shopping trip i make!

  51. krystal kash says:

    I use an organics bin, and I recylcle anything that I can

  52. Barb Wagar says:

    I reduce waste by re-using packaging on products I purchase at stores. ie: Toilet paper rolls in crafting, and glass jars for storage, and bags/plastic for other uses in crafting depending on type.

  53. trudy Kiyawasew says:

    reduce and reuse and recycle :)

  54. Sherri Tappert says:

    Return my printer cartidges to London Drugs for recycling
    :) Good luck all “)

  55. Mike Letendre says:

    i always use a travel mug, and carry my own condiments so I do not have the litter of a cup and condiment wrappers.

  56. Mary says:

    reusable bag with me all the time

  57. Lauren says:

    I always use reusable shopping bags instead the plastic bags the stores give out.

  58. lindawwww says:

    Recycle everything you possibly can.

  59. Brittany says:

    I’m religious about using my reusable water bottle and coffee tumblers. It’s an easy way to reduce!

  60. Diane says:

    Definitely recycle as much as you can. I’m thankful to live in a city which makes recycling so extremely easy.

  61. Lauri-Jane says:

    I recycle as much as I can.

  62. Lei says:

    I use reusable shopping bags.

  63. Jan Lavallee says:

    I bought a soda stream to reduce the pop can and bottles we use.

  64. Lauren says:

    I consider carefully what it is I actually need, before making a purchase. For gifts, I choose consumables such as natural, essential oil bodycare products, tea and coffee.

  65. donna turkington says:

    i will use more reusable bags when i shop… not jsut for groceries, look for good quality used furniture on line when i need to buy something, recycle my used phone that i am no longer using

  66. Emilie says:

    Use reusable bags at all time!

  67. Leeann Froese says:

    The easiest way I can see to reduce my footprint as a consumer is to bring reusable bags, and to try to purchase items with as little packaging as possible.

  68. heather G says:

    I like to do crafts with my kids, so we upcycle a lot of unusable items.

  69. Dean McMurrer says:

    I am called the recycle cop in my house because I watch when my wife and kids put stuff in the garbage and will even tell them to take it out if it’s recyclable and put it where it belongs! Let’s take care of mother nature as she’s taken good care of us!

  70. elizabeth.turner says:

    I never litter!

  71. shanthi says:

    I carry my reusable bags always in my car

  72. Holly says:

    I bring my own water bottle everywhere, have a house and car full of reusable bags so that I always have some on hand when I am shopping. I walk as often as I can to do my errands and am about to start a composter alongside my rain barrel.

  73. Tara Jensen says:

    I always have a water bottle with me and recycle everything that we can, including food waste. There’s no reason that in 2013 we should be tossing everything in the garbage!

  74. Geraldine Cadotte says:

    I reuse containers instead of throwing them out. I recycle batteries, electronics, and I don’t buy anything that is in styro foam. I want to keep our planet safe for my grandson.

  75. Ashley says:

    I use micro fibre cloth and water to clean instead of paper towel and sprays. Newspaper and vinegar works great too :)

  76. Denise Demers says:

    Do composting of wastes at home!! :)

  77. Sara says:

    I always use a re-fillable water bottle instead of buying water.

  78. Karla says:

    Reduce…Re-use…Re-purpose…then if all else fails Re-cycle!

    People often forget that Recycling should be your last option…not your first!

  79. Nicole says:

    I always carry a large purse everywhere so even when I don’t have re-usable bags on me (like when I know I will be going grocery shopping), I can make sure any purchases I make aren’t going into plastic bags.

  80. Darcy says:

    I use reusable bags most of the time & I take my own coffee to work in my travel mug. I walk when possible instead of using the car. I put on a sweater and turn the heat down a couple of degrees. I don’t leave the water running when I brush my teeth or do dishes. I buy local as much as I can.

  81. Jay says:

    Shut off laptop when not in use. Use scrap aluminum, computer parts, cans, glass, etc to make environmental artwork.

  82. Megan says:

    I use a brita filter and dont buy bottled water anymore, I compost and recycle everything I can.

  83. Lorraine says:

    I recycle all that can at home in a Ben,and cheek on everyone who visits my home to educate them on what is recycleable and what’s garbage.

  84. we switched from K-cups to the refillable Kcup – no waste !

  85. Kim F says:

    Bring less waste into your home. When purchasing products be aware of how much waste the packaging creates.

  86. jda604 says:

    We try to buy things with as little packaging as possible, do not own a car, mostly walk everywhere, don’t buy paper towel and recycle, recycle, recyle!

  87. Kailey says:

    Look at the package before buying things. They should say the package is made out of 100% recycled paper or cardboard, etc.

  88. Neel says:

    I shut off any lights/electronics on that are not needed. Use reusable bags for shopping and recycle as much as possible.

  89. Amy says:

    Don’t buy bottled water (use a Rubbermaid bottle that I refill), bring my own bags when shopping, walk instead of driving when possible, and unplug all appliances/electronics when not in use!

  90. Dee says:

    We buy reusable products for everything we can, eliminating plastics bags, bottles etc….from our daily lives :)

  91. Rose says:

    i always use reusable bags and recycle everything i can

  92. Steve says:

    I reuse and recycle. I also use a water bottle and never buy bottled water.

  93. Colin R says:

    Reuse plastic shopping bags as bathroom garbage bags.

  94. Corinne says:

    Compost and use in your flower and vegetable gardens. It’s amazing how little watse you’ll have.

  95. Deidra Hooper says:

    Use the household recycling bins provided by the city (if you live in Calgary or other cities that collect recycling). You don’t even have to sort!

  96. Kathy says:

    I use my refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water.

  97. Colleen says:

    Use containers and not plastic wrap or bags for leftovers or lunches.

  98. shelley raines says:

    I always use refillable bottles for water and reusable grocery bags :)

  99. Kim says:

    I have always tried to live as Green as possible. Raised my family with that belief as well. Started with healthy home cooking from scratch…to sewing my own diapers and hanging them on a line I recycled years before collection and drop off sites were available…stored then hauled to the nearest location in a nearby city. I taught my children that even one person could make a difference. It showed them the amounts that did not need to go into a dumpsite. My husband was skeptical but soon saw the value of living a greener lifestyle! Now that my children are grown they incorporate living Green into their lives as well! I have gardened, composted…the most interesting would be…and people often stop to ask about my push mower! I grew up in the sixties and used one to cut the grass…I have the greenest grass on the block!!Cant say that sometimes it hasn’t crossed my mind to purchase a gas mower…it would be soooooo much easier!! I have made a conscious choice to go what I can on a personal level!!

  100. Kate says:

    We give most of our food waste to the chickens!

  101. Dorothy says:

    Use a coffee cup (metal) which doubles for keeping my water cold. Walk as much as I can and reuse everything you can daily.

  102. DingleHopper22 says:

    Bringing my own Coffee mug with me and reusing bottles for water

  103. Robyn Pitawanakwat says:

    We purchased a gold reusable coffee filter to eliminate paper filter use in our home.

  104. Bette Valentine says:

    we recycle all paper products, cardboard, tin cans and drinking containers

  105. Ilke says:

    making every effort to buy less, waste none and reuse everything possible- use cloth shopping bags all the time- attend and participate in used item sales to recycle household goods

  106. Val says:

    I recycle grocery shopping bags.

  107. Bev M says:

    Compost, reduce, reuse, recycle & repurpose!

  108. Joe-Anne Snook says:

    We always bring our own shopping bags with us and recycle all of our paper, plastics, cans etc.!!!

  109. Chris says:

    Walk to work

  110. Colleen says:

    I always bring my own bags, even have a nice nylon one in my purse.
    PS, I love shopping at London Drugs

  111. Kerri Patterson says:

    We use reusable shopping bags as well as reusable containers when packing school lunches.

  112. Blondie N says:

    I re-use, compost or recycle just about everything and I don’t buy things that are excessivly packaged. I grow a garden, I can food, I buy local. Just living pretty much the way I grew up in the ’60’s before everything was so “convenient” makes a big impact onthe environment.

  113. Shannon T says:

    Compost and recycle whenever possible.

  114. Harold says:

    Walk to work good for the Heart and the environment

  115. Jennie says:

    Always bring a stash of reusable bags when shopping!

  116. Ansley Wegner says:

    I save all my used batteries to recycle, reuse shopping bags and have a reusable coffee filter. I am very conservative with water and have a large rain barrel in the yard. I also conserve energy with using very few lights at night.

  117. sheila dornbusch says:

    Use those recycling bins, Bring back all returnable plastics bottles newspapers and cardboard. Use secondhand stuff when possible and pass on your secondhand stuff because one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

  118. Darcy says:

    Reusable bags!

  119. Jenny Lynn Thomas says:

    I am very environmentally conscious I like to grow what i can organically, I save the ends of my green onions put them in water on the window sill and they regrow this way you never have to buy more i cut the tops and they keep growing great tip for people :) as well we use reusable containers for the boys lunch’s way less waste. even a water bottle goes in the lunch bag which we reuse dailey to cut down on the juice boxes.

  120. Becky Wells says:

    I reuse the produce bags from the supermarket…I take them back there with me to shop then when they are unusable I take them to be recycled…I always use cloth bags for groceries too!!

  121. Julien Kimmig says:

    Bring your own bags when you go shopping, instead of getting plastic bags.

  122. Marion says:

    Recycle plastic and beverage containers

  123. Rena says:

    I use recycled shopping bags. I also take a thermos and travel mug to work.

  124. Tami Ness says:

    use rechargable batteries

  125. Jimmy Cheung says:

    Recycling and Free gift seems to be a awesome package.
    : )

  126. Loralie Baker says:

    Pack lunches from home in reusable containers :)

  127. Dom says:

    Recycle and compost regularly. Carry your own shopping bags and water container. Walk, bike, take public transportation when you can instead of driving.

  128. Tammie D says:

    Pack school snacks in reusable containers instead of snack bags.

  129. Lyn-Nell Lousley says:

    It all starts at home, don’t leave unnecessary lights on, turn the heat down and put on a sweater, take shorter showers, hand the clothes out to dry, walk more and drive less and compost and recycle everything. Our clothes smell fresh and our house is happier and healthier because we make better choices.

  130. Greg says:

    Buy products that have less packaging

  131. Kathleen says:

    I carry a bigger purse. If I buy smaller items I always ask for no bag and then carry them in my purse.

  132. Jodi B says:

    By using reusable shopping bags!

  133. greg says:

    I use my own water bottle

  134. Bob Love says:

    Use phones and small appliances until they stop working.

  135. Nuala says:

    Compost, make a choice to buy products with as little packaging as possible and reuse and repurpose all I can!

  136. Debbie F says:

    I bring my own shopping bags when I go shopping

  137. Tracy Martin says:

    I try to buy local food.

  138. Cairine says:

    Look for products that don’t have a lot of packaging.

  139. Bev Bacon says:

    watch what the items you are purchasing are packaged in…..so many items you purchase today, are a package inside another package….

  140. Liz s says:

    Look for what you need on Craigslist first! And pass on the stuff you’re finished with the same way.

  141. Faye says:

    Think about wasteful packaging before purchasing products- refuse to buy if a comparable porduct can be found with less packaging- and take the time to write to the offending Company to tell them why you did not purchase their product.

  142. Ashley says:

    I always carry a reusable water bottle so I don’t need to purchase one every time I’m thirsty.

  143. Jaymie says:

    I refill my waterbottle, and use travel mugs so I dont have to waste styrofoam cups everywhere I go. I also recycle, use reusable shopping bags, and dont idle vehicals in winter.

  144. Debbie McClelland says:

    I try to use up what I have and not purchase unnecessarily. I recycle garbage, and give away items that others could use. I try to walk when possible, leaving the car at home.

  145. Michaelann Dahlman says:

    I sort & recycle everything that I possibly can. I have a bag in my kitchen for paper, plastic, metal, glass & cardboard.

  146. Nancy A says:

    When making school lunches for the kids, I use containers instead of baggies. That would be a lot of baggies otherwise!

  147. Justin says:

    I always use re-usable grocery bags instead of the plastic ones. The plastic ones I do get, I re-use those as well.

  148. BRENDA ZANOLLI says:

    I bring my own water bottle to work and my own coffee.

  149. Cherie K says:

    I bring my own bags shopping, use a personal water bottle and am an avid shopper of thrift stores as well as donate my stuff too. :)

  150. Ashley says:

    My family recycles all recyclable materials, we have a composter for our food scraps, and my oldest daughter has come up with an idea to fill teddy bears with the plastic grocery bags to donate to charity….she thought that was a very clever idea on how to reuse the plastic bags

  151. Autumn says:

    Use reusable bags when shopping.

  152. Ken W says:

    Check the softness of your local water supply. If it’s soft enough you can reduce the amount of detergent you use when doing dishes or laundry by about half and be as effective as when following package directions. The ‘convenient’ individual detergent packets don’t allow this and are counter productive to proper environmental stewardship.

  153. Dennis says:

    We make sure all our electronics , batteries et al, get taken to the recycling depot. Most of my batteries are rechargeables too.

  154. Pat Drouillard says:

    I bring a garbage free lunch to work everyday, we recycle at home

  155. Ella says:

    Freecycle.org!

  156. Gale says:

    We always use our own shopping bags and water bottles, and recycle everything we can :-)

  157. S. Jackson says:

    I always use recyclable bags when shopping for groceries

  158. Michelle S says:

    We always recycle in our house and try to buy refillable products including cleaners. I try to do make your own products wherever possible also using items found around the house.

  159. David says:

    BUYING PRODUCTS AT LONDON DRUGS THAT SUPPORT THE ENVIROMENT AND RECYCLING PACKAGING THAT THEY COME IN

  160. Claude Robidas says:

    I try to not only recycle but to get others to do also it works in most cause but you have to remind some of them sometimes that it’s not only for this week but for this life

  161. Nicole says:

    I’m a compost-aholic! We’ve reduced our garbage to 1 white bag every two weeks with the amount that we recycle and compost!! LOVE reducing our waste :)

  162. Ann W says:

    I always bring my own bag when buying groceries and use a reusable water bottle

  163. Annette says:

    I LOVE that I can leave my styrofoam and packaging at London Drugs after making a purchase – keeps them out of the landfill! Yay!

  164. Patricia Josh says:

    I rinse out k cup packs and add a little dirt as a seed starter, or tiny planter. I started sunflowers for gardening in them, decorate and give away as gifts.

  165. Brenda says:

    I always bring my travel mug when I buy coffee.

  166. Hannah says:

    Give an old computer to Free Geek so they can re-purpose/ fix it up for someone who doesn’t have one!

  167. Vicki Page says:

    Walk more, since I bought my pedometer at London Drugs I walk more and drive less…

  168. Vicki Page says:

    Walk more, drive less…

  169. Sue says:

    I work in a school that has gone green…get your local schools on board, the waste we recycle is saving our landfills:0

  170. Tammenthia says:

    Household recycling has become a family task; plus composting.

  171. natalie G says:

    I believe in doing your part at home(recycling, reusing etc), which includes buying from companies that have the same belief!

  172. Adele Wright says:

    Recycle and repurpose whenever possible, like recycling electronics, plastic, cardboard, cans, etc.

  173. Ada says:

    use reusable bags (fabric type) instead of plastic bags

  174. iryna black says:

    recycle plastic bottles, cans, paper and use reusable bags instead of plastic bags

  175. Paddy Kopieczek says:

    Wherever possible, plan and combine journeys so that instead of many little trips, you are making far fewer journeys. That way, the car runs better, you save time overall, use less fuel and the environment thanks you.

  176. Joanne says:

    I send all of my electronic’s, batteries, to the recycle depot and i always
    bring my own bags, containers everywhere i go.

  177. Karon says:

    Wash clothes in cold water in a front loading machine and hang up to dry

  178. Glenda Kopieczek says:

    Try to use public transport more and leave the car at home.

  179. laurel jones says:

    compost all compostables and grow most of our own fruit and vegetables

  180. Rachel says:

    I try to walk to run errands whenever possible. Better for the environment, my wallet and my health! :)

  181. merlyn jones says:

    always us own shopping bags and recyle everything we can. Have a neighbour share day monthly. If I can’t use it someone can!

  182. Julie Maines says:

    I take my lunch in reusable containers everyday and have a cloth bag to carry it in.

  183. Nancy says:

    Ee-purpose aluminum cans and make them into pen holders! Just remove paper wrapping, clean, add scrap paper to cover the metal, tape together, and voila!

  184. shelley king says:

    buy always having a reuseable shopping bag with me.

  185. becky says:

    i buy only things i need

  186. Desiree says:

    Re-usable coffee tumblers, or for-here serve ware at your favourite coffee shop! (Yay, Starbucks!!)

  187. Sandra says:

    Use enviro bags instead of plastic bags

  188. Rachel says:

    We use reusable products as much as possible to reduce our overall waste and when it is something that is disposable or gets used we buy protects that our eco friendly or energy conserving. We also try to not get “sucked” in to buying things that are trendy that we don’t need just to simply have it.I always try to pick up garbage I see in the environment to, imagine if we all picked up a few pieces a day, what a difference it would make.

  189. Sharon says:

    I bring my own containers to the grocery store when purchasing bulk items such as spices, nuts, honey etc. Less to have to worry about disposing of when I get home! :)

  190. Teresa K says:

    I recycle.

  191. Alison R says:

    I don’t own a car so I walk, take public transit most places & use car sharing program when I need a car.

  192. Linda says:

    I try to recycle everything that is possible. To learn that London Drugs will take shampoo and conditioner bottles for receding has made me very happy

  193. Daisy says:

    I will start bringing our Brita filters for recycling. I didn’t know they could be recycled until I read this. Thanks.

  194. bud andrew says:

    i always use my reusable coffee cup and a water bottle.

  195. Bernadette E. says:

    1. bringing bags to shop so that you no longer need to use the store’s plastic/paper bags
    2. re-using containers of yogurt as tupperware and empty juice bottles as the same or for travelling on the road

  196. Veronica A says:

    I recycle and donate as much as possible.

  197. Betty-Anne says:

    Use coffee filters to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews, then compost. Cheap, available everywhere and very green.

  198. Mia says:

    Do not iron!

  199. Diana P says:

    I like using my Keurig but now put coffee in the reusable coffee filter!!

  200. Lena Martin says:

    Buy quality products that last longer, and that have the lowest impact on the environment!

  201. Dawn Rader says:

    One thing we do is we recylce…we have 3 blue boxes and they are regularily full. we also use reusable water bottles.

  202. Ella says:

    Fabric shopping bag in my purse so I don’t have to use plastic.

  203. valerie Caldicott says:

    I donate things we no longer use to local Hospital Thrift store. Also buy there and the money goes to buy hospital equipment

  204. Emily B says:

    We always bring our own bags everywhere. No need for plastic bags.

  205. Gail Fawley says:

    Have napkins rings with each family members’ names on them, and use cloth napkins instead of paper serviettes. Great when you have little ones as you can wet them to wash their face & hands. Throw in the wash when they get dirty.

  206. Silvia D says:

    I pack the kids lunches for school in litterless wraps and containers

  207. Elizabeth B says:

    I always try to use my own reusable bags at the grocery store :)

  208. Maria says:

    I don’t buy plastic bottles, I always carry my own water with me and I always use reusable bags when shopping.

  209. Ceci says:

    I use reusable bags and recycle as much as I can.

  210. Brenda Erven says:

    filtered water instead of bottled water—saves plastic

  211. Tanis says:

    use a water bottle that is reusable so do buy individual water bottles :)

  212. Dorothy Lillies says:

    I recycle everything I can. I carry my own reusable water bottle and my own stainless steel coffee mug.
    I also have several reusable bags in my car for my purchases.

  213. erin says:

    every bit helps!

  214. Marg says:

    always using reusable cleaning tools rather than those with throw away cloths.

  215. Gloria Tretiak says:

    since moving to BC I have recycled all bottles cans and all recycling is taken to bottle depot

  216. Elysia S says:

    I use reusable bags and I compost!

  217. liz eynon says:

    We use cloth bags everywhere even clothing stores.Reusable water bottles and we unplug everything especially phone and game rechargers.The kids monitor this very carefully and call us out on any infraction.

  218. tim says:

    i recycle all our batteries at work.

  219. NicT says:

    Composting!

  220. Barb W. says:

    We recycle more than we throw out, We have compost in the backyard, we take as much as we can to thrift stores, and bring our own bags to stores.

  221. Cat Campbell says:

    I try to minimize all packaging but keep a bag in the car to store recycling items. When I clean out my car all the items are ready to go into the recycling bin on recycling day.

  222. Christine says:

    I try to use fewer paper towels and like the “select a size” brands. Most of the time, I only need that 1/3 of a sheet.

  223. Joyce says:

    1)Old Clothes, Old Toys, Old Books and Old Dinnerware,etc: Donate to Big Brothers and thrift stores (e.g.:Salvation Army)
    2)TV, Computer and DVD Player: Unplug(turn them off at the wall) every night.
    3)Carry a reusable water bottle or a travel mug when you go out or buy coffee.
    4)Use reusable bags for shopping
    5)Make & Use Compost in your yard
    6)Reducing plastic bags
    7)Decreasing Food Waste
    8)Please don’t buy too much cosmetic and too much skin care products.

  224. Patrick Armstrong says:

    Purchase products that use reduced packaging!

  225. Shelley says:

    Wash your clothes in cold water.

  226. Leslie Schmidt says:

    Add used coffee grounds to your household plants.

  227. Helen says:

    I like to go on Craigslist to buy things second hand and I try to be as self sufficient as possible to reduce the need to buy things that come with waste…I make my own potato chips and junk food and try to only buy what I need so I never throw anything out necessarily!

  228. Cassie P says:

    Never buying bottled water…way less waste and cost efficient!

  229. Iain says:

    I compost to make my own vegetabe garden fertilizer.

  230. Penny says:

    Use a stainless steel water bottle, instead of buying water in plastic water bottles.

  231. harmina says:

    Use reusable shopping bags and products with less packaging. Also use refillable items.

  232. Sharon D. says:

    I have a dog and use biodegradeable poop bags.

  233. Dayna Wilson says:

    I recycle all bottles and cans and always bring my own shopping bags.

  234. Cynthia Booton says:

    I use my own containers for lunch and beverage items on a daily basis and avoid purchasing over-packaged goods.

  235. Joanne Helm says:

    I try to buy items where the packaging can be recycled. I try to cut down on garbage and recycle as much as possible.

  236. KayKay says:

    I bring a reusable shopping bag

  237. Mumma Mia says:

    I always bring my own bags shopping – not just the grocery store.

  238. Ann-Marie Vaughan says:

    Use cloth shopping bags.

  239. sharrline says:

    use a Brita and refill our own water bottles

  240. Jean says:

    Cook from scratch.

  241. Eva says:

    I would recycle more, unplug unused appliances, and comsume less energy- use less electricity!!

  242. Phyllis says:

    Take a refillable water bottle everywhere. Use my own travel mug at coffee shops. Recycle everything I can.

  243. Ramona says:

    Travel mug + coffee or tea made at home. Cheaper too! :)

  244. Lorena H says:

    I recycle newspaper, cans, bottles, etc. I bring my own reusable shopping bags when shopping.

  245. Wendy says:

    I bring my own coffee mug/cup to coffee shops, a bring coffee from home to work.

  246. lori butler says:

    for the office, re using the drink trays for coffee , i use my own mug and carry a couple of fold up re usuable shopping bags in my purse

  247. Amy says:

    Buy things with less packaging.

  248. LINDA says:

    compost everything possible

  249. Dave C. says:

    Use a programable thermostat and lots of blankets at night.

  250. Priya says:

    I unplug my appliances when I’m not using them.

  251. Karen M says:

    While at Science World with my student, I learned that 1 lamb meal equals the water resources of 11 full bathtubs to produce. I resolve to each 3 more vegetarian meals per week for dinner.

  252. Susan says:

    always remember to bring my cloth bags

  253. Iris says:

    I compost, recycle, reuse and re-purpose as many items as possible. We have backyard chickens which naturally fertilize our lawn, provide insect control, and give us beautiful eggs to eat.

  254. Rebby says:

    I recycle, ride my bike when I can and use a reusable coffee mug!!

  255. Erin says:

    Grow our own food, and compost!

  256. Rick says:

    Put all Electronics on a switches to turn them off completely.

  257. Darwin says:

    Bring your own reusable bag when shopping.

  258. gina says:

    I use containers instead of ziploc bags!

  259. sunshine h says:

    lots of things! No car, walk instead of bus most of the time, sell DD’s clothes, books and toys that we have outgrown, use the library for books and movies, recycle, green waste, compost, hang dry clothes, make sure the dishwasher is full before running it, push mower for the lawn.

  260. Jessica T says:

    We compost!

  261. Debbie W says:

    compost those veggie scraps!

  262. Donna L says:

    I bring my own containers for takeout leftovers and when I go get Timbits. Every bit helps!

  263. marissa preston says:

    use products with recycled packaging, shop at thrift stores, walk most places. and use a water bottle.

  264. Glenda says:

    no plastic bags

  265. Alex says:

    recycle recycle recycle!

  266. Glenda S says:

    Buy groceries from the outer aisles in the store where there is fresh produce, etc instead of buying pre-packaged vegatables and meals. Then compost the vegetable skins, etc to make lovely rich soil for adding back into the earth.

  267. Angelina says:

    Carry my own reusable shopping bags with me all the time, ready for use. I also refuse tissue wrap for purchases at stores that automatically use it. Reuse printer paper so both sides are used/printed.

  268. Angelina says:

    Carry my own reusable shopping bags with me all the time, ready for use. I also refuse tissue wrap for purchases at stores that automatically use it. Reuse printer paper so both sides are used/printed.

  269. Being a coffee junkie, permanent stainless steel coffee filters eliminate any plastic leachate into your coffee, and eliminate need for paper filters. Bottoms up!

  270. Jalal Uddin says:

    I always use reusable bags for shopping rather than plastic bags.

  271. Marianne says:

    eco-friendly pack!!

  272. Melanie E says:

    Drive a hybrid car like the Pruis and recyle all paper and plastic items!

  273. Abby says:

    I bring my tea mug with me everywhere.

  274. Cathy McCrea says:

    I use a tumbling composter for my kitchen waste.

  275. Tammy Dalley says:

    I use reusable bags and recycle!!

  276. Pamela Duffy says:

    Since I only have 1 small bag of garbage every 2 weeks and one large box weekly for recycling Im getting close to zero waste, recycling almost everything

  277. Lisa says:

    I make sure to have glasses and chilled tap water at every work meeting!

  278. Kristi Renout says:

    Try and walk instead of drive, bring reuseable bags to do your shopping.

  279. Loleeta Turner says:

    compost everything

  280. Kim M says:

    Bring resusable bags when shopping

  281. Rick Smith says:

    Unplug items not being used such as chargers and electronics.

  282. leah leitch says:

    Buy less packaged foods. Walk more. :)

  283. Vesper says:

    I always use cotton shopping bags, and I never replace anything until it is beyond repair

  284. Penny R. says:

    Bring your own bags when you go shopping.
    I tweeted @frugalwoman

  285. Stephanie S says:

    I recycle and I use cotton bags as often as i can when i shop

  286. diana r says:

    I don’t buy bottled water

  287. Sonja S says:

    Compost and bring your own travel mug :)

  288. Robyn C says:

    Walk or take the bus, compost!

  289. Gordon says:

    Recycling :)

  290. Sherry Moller says:

    We recycle over 75% of our household garbage.

  291. KittyPride says:

    We check if product packaging is recyclable before we purchase, we pick up garbage while walking the dog in our neighbourhood.

  292. Krista says:

    Travel mug.

  293. Sunshine G says:

    Buy things that have less packaging.

  294. jennifer says:

    i recycle plastic bags

  295. Amy says:

    Buy products packaged in biodegradable material and I bring a reusable bag when I’m shopping. Always try to reduce, reuse, or recycle!

  296. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we try to use rechargeable batteries when we can

  297. Melissa Avey says:

    Use a travel mug!

  298. Karla Sceviour says:

    I recylce all our bottles,juice packs,etc,,and I hang my clothes on the line to dry whenever possible!!

  299. Brigitte Nelson says:

    We recycle as much as we possibly can. Pop bottles, newspapers, Cardboard, glass & plastics as well as all cans. We also compost, & we also take our own reusable bags when we grocery shop. I also carry 2 reuaseable bags in my purse so I never need a store bad. I also water my entire garden From the rain water we collect in our2 rain barrels. When we landscaped our backyard, we used reclaimed bricks 7 Patio blocks instead of buy new to keep them out of the landfill.. In total we have perhaps 1 small bag of garbage once a week. we only put out our garbage bin once in every 6 to 8 weeks. Can’t wait until our recycle bins are delivered as this will cut down on the gas we now use. I try to make my own cleaners out of natural ingredients as wedon’t think chemical cleaners are very environmentally friendly. I try to save laundry up so I am only doing large loads to save on water, we have only about 4 loads of laundry a week.

  300. Lucie B says:

    I always: compost, recycle everything, buy items that contain the least amount of packaging, and use my own water bottle and coffee mug.

  301. Brenda T says:

    I use my reusable mug when I get my coffee from Tim Hortons.

  302. I try to buy things with as little packaging as possible

  303. Radhika K says:

    Recycling, reusing cardboard to make costumes (ie: Transformers, Mario Kart) and using cold water for laundry.

  304. Donna E says:

    I use a reusable water bottle. I always recycle my bottles/cans. I also have my recycling right near my garbage can for convenience.

  305. Elaine Boychuk says:

    I hang clothes outside to dry in the summer.

  306. Denise says:

    I use a mug & water bottle at work instead of paper cups

  307. Jordan Aberle says:

    Use a metal reusable water bottle instead of normal bottled water! Bonus the metal bottle doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals!

  308. Rebecca says:

    I recycle, take transit to work, don’t buy bottled water, and try not to buy stuff I don’t need.

  309. Lindsay C says:

    I recycle every bit I can, compost, use the food scrap program, buy locally, grow my own garden…

  310. tazim says:

    walk or bike instead of driving or taking a bus

  311. Jean says:

    I give kitchen waste to my chickens and compost the things that they shouldn’t eat.

  312. Swapnil says:

    Use your own bags, bring your own lunch, bring your own water bottle

  313. Aaron says:

    bike or walk more often

  314. Carol says:

    I purchase nothing that is not necessary.

  315. Kathy E. says:

    I’ve stopped using paper towels

  316. Aimee says:

    I carpool to work and I bring my travel mug for coffee refills.

  317. kathleen l says:

    I bring my own totebags to the store.

  318. Heidi says:

    Ride your bike or walk!

  319. Ria A. says:

    I almost always have a water bottle or travel mug with me instead of buying bottled water :)

  320. Mike Gismondi says:

    dont drive … ride your bike or walk or take transit!

  321. Angela Griffin says:

    use reusable bags or boxes when you shop

  322. shell h says:

    We recycle more than half our garbage

  323. Siobhan S. says:

    Limit electricity use and use energy conserving products.

  324. Josh S says:

    I never use plastic bags. I either go bagless or if I am buying a lot I bring reusable bags.

  325. Bonnie says:

    Some ways to reduce my waste footprint include using reusable bags for groceries and produce. Also, I don’t buy bottled water, I drink tap water and use a reusable water bottle.

  326. janice montroy says:

    I never buy bottled water, out of a tap only for me

  327. Lloyd says:

    Drink water from the tap instead of buying bottled water.

  328. sandra mitchell says:

    we recycle and compost always

  329. TY says:

    buy items with less packaging

  330. Ruby B says:

    instead of buying bottled water … drink tap water

  331. Randy B says:

    our used coffee grounds/tea leaves go to the compost

  332. Harinder B says:

    our kitchen waste is put into our backyard composter .. our paper waste is recycled and I even return our milk jugs to Save On Foods recycling for points!

  333. Sonya B says:

    carpool when you can … and combine errands to cut down on your vehicle trips

  334. Bons says:

    Shop with re-usable bags (not plastic/paper bags)

  335. Sheila says:

    When I buy fruits and vegetables I don’t put them in plastic bags.

  336. Brenda Penton says:

    Use reusable shopping bags

  337. plumerea says:

    Reduce~Reuse~Recycle
    We always reduce waste by reusing shopping bags, recycling cans, glass, plastic, clothes, batteries and old cell phones. We always take our lunches in tupperware or glassware. We turn off lights in all rooms we are not sitting in, including the heat. Thanks for the chance.

  338. Eileen says:

    Bring my travel mug to the coffee shop

  339. Chris O. says:

    Buying items in the bulk food section and bring my own cotton bags!

  340. Lori Rutherford says:

    buy products with little to no packaging! if you have a choice between paper and plastic….go paper!

  341. Tiffany says:

    Happy Earth Day!

  342. Gary says:

    buy in bulk

  343. cindy quach says:

    i ride my bike to and from work every day

  344. Andy C. says:

    Two words – French Press

  345. Cyndi says:

    I use reusable shopping bags

  346. Heidi C. says:

    Use fabric shopping bags

  347. Bal says:

    unplugging appliances, using more blankets and sweater during winter instead of turning up heat

  348. Ruby says:

    I bike to work whenever possible

  349. Cheryl says:

    Of course recycle as much as possible but before recycling: buy less stuff, refuse to buy products with excessive packaging, do not use a pod style coffee maker, do not use disposable diapers, bring your own carry bags, always.

  350. Carol M. says:

    Drink water from the tap. I haven’t died yet. LOL

  351. nance428 says:

    reuseable shopping bags, grow my own herbs

  352. Heather A says:

    We compost and recycle and it is amazing how little actual garbage we have left.

  353. DB says:

    Use water bottles and plastic resuable containers for your lunches.

  354. Jenn says:

    Eat a vegetarian or vegan diet of mostly whole foods…. The majority of foods I eat do not come in any packaging, reducing waste.

  355. Vince says:

    compost organics and use cold water for the laundry.

  356. leah says:

    walk/bike to the store and bring a re-usable bag

  357. erin says:

    we recycle everything we can!

  358. ho says:

    happy earth day!

  359. Justine says:

    I make a point of knowing what I have so that I can buy only what I need. I grew up in a household where things would get lost or expire which means that in the end they became waste without ever being used.

  360. Wendy says:

    I always take my ceramic mug to the coffee shop at work, bring my own bags shopping, and try not to throw away anything that can be re-purposed or found a new home (recently a sofa).

  361. CG says:

    My reusable coffee mug from Starbucks is the best $1.00 I ever spent – refilling it means $0.10 off for every coffee from now on :)

  362. Sandra S says:

    Compost and recycle

  363. Asha Sehra says:

    These look like great products

  364. Michelle W. says:

    I always buy fresh produce, rather than unnecessarily packaged products. Also, bringing your own plastic bags for produce allow you to waste fewer as well.

  365. Kitts says:

    Take your own containers when you go out to eat at those places you know you’ll have leftovers like Indian and Chinese. It’s a great way to eliminate Styrofoam and plastic from your life.

  366. linda says:

    Consumer less.

  367. Leanne M says:

    reusable coffee mugs, water bottles and shopping bags

  368. Lyndsey Morgan Jayne says:

    I always carry my own mug to cafes…. recycle everything I can and keep the lights off unless necessary… good thing I love candlelight! I also don’t drive!!

  369. Ruby says:

    I take my water bottle everywhere.

  370. richard says:

    Use a metal water bottle

  371. Valerie says:

    I reuse bags or use cloth ones & compost!

  372. Nathan says:

    Attempt to buy products that either come without, with minimal, or with recyclable packaging.

  373. lisa says:

    i bring my reusable cup to the cafe

  374. Jules A. says:

    Use reusable bags rather than plastic ones

  375. stacey g says:

    I bring my own container to bring home leftovers at a restaurant

  376. Allyson says:

    I use reusable bags and buy less!

  377. Lisanne says:

    Recycle and cycle, would like to cycle more now that the weather is getting better.

  378. Miranda says:

    Composting, recycling and energy efficient appliances.

  379. Bonnie says:

    We always take reusable bags with us for shopping

  380. Laura says:

    I love using my reusable bags! They’re easy enough to tote with me. And I try and recycle whenever I can, I even go as far as picking through my friends garbage to recycle for them (okay, it happened once and they made fun of me for it!).

  381. Jenn S says:

    Reusable bags for every purchase we make. They are always with me just in case I make an impromtu purchase

  382. Kathleen says:

    Always BYOB – bring your own bags when shopping.

  383. Antonio says:

    I do so many things but I believe buying fresh food( no packaging) and composting the waste helps very much since there is nothing that has to be recycled

  384. Sean says:

    Reduce waste.

  385. erin says:

    turn the lights off when you leave a room

  386. Angela Mitchell says:

    I bring my own cutlery, reusable water bottle and shopping bags with me in my purse.

  387. Vivien says:

    Recycle zip-lock plastic bags by washing them out. Recycle used small bags for picking up doggy poop. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.

  388. Arxsyn says:

    I like to repurpose things! Everything from plastic to glass containers. In our garden I am planting seedlings into earth and compost filled egg shells.

  389. Maribel says:

    By using reusable bags when going shopping, using energy efficient light bulbs, resusable waterbottles and coffee mugs. The list goes on and on :)

  390. 409cope says:

    I use refillable steel water bottles.

  391. 409cope says:

    I tweeted-https://twitter.com/409cope/status/327215766044831744

  392. Dee B says:

    I keep things simple…don’t buy/own what I don’t need.

  393. stacey h says:

    i always use reusable containers for water, lunches, etc

  394. Using recycled plastic containers in shopping malls and big stores is a great way to ensure the least usage of plastic.

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