By Stephanie Simons,
Lindo’s Pharmacy in Devonshire
Given our island home’s incredible natural beauty, many of us also feel committed to minimising our impact on the environment. We can also feel particularly sensitive to environmental issues such as climate change and global warming, and we are often the first to feel its effects. Over the past few hundred years, Bermuda has seen rising sea levels and the sea temperatures increase. This warming effect has also been linked to increased hurricane activity.
For those who are interested in the protection of our environment, you may consider celebrating Earth Day, an annual event which honours our planet and raises awareness about the issues that affect it. April 22 will see more than a billion people participating in Earth Day. Some of this year’s Earth Day campaigns include reforestation, ending plastic pollution and promoting green cities.
Many of our customers don’t realise how many earth-friendly options there are when it comes to supplements, beauty products and even feminine hygiene, so I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the products we stock.
When it comes to vitamins and supplements, we know that many of our customers want to know exactly what it is that they’re taking, so organic and natural supplements are a great solution. Brands such as Yummi Bears offer organic options to put your mind at rest and to minimise synthetic ingredients.
Another vitamin brand, Rainbow Light, has developed its own trademarked packaging, known as Eco-Guard bottles which are made from recycled consumer plastic, which has reduced their carbon footprint by 92 per cent and has saved more than ten million plastic bottles from being produced every year. In a pledge that will resonate with Bermudians, their motto for sustainability is “More Ocean, Less Plastic.”
We are proud to stock a wide variety of Dr Bronner’s products, including the All-in-One soap range. This is an incredibly versatile product that can be used for washing your face, body, hands, and hair, rinsing fruit, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning and much more. But best of all, the brand is committed to green practices and has pledged not to create avoidable waste, harm the land, people or animals. Their company policy of using 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic packaging and to supporting regenerative organic agriculture means that you can feel good about using their products.
Even your toothpaste can be environmentally friendly these days, and Lindo’s is pleased to be able to offer My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Toothpaste for Whitening in two flavours: Peppermint and Cinnamon Clove. These products are free of glycerine, fluoride, GMOs and sodium lauryl sulphate, but still keep your teeth clean and white! This is a great option for people who would like to reduce the number of chemicals in their everyday routine.
When it comes to everyday products creating waste, one of the biggest offenders are feminine hygiene products. It is estimated that close to 20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators are dumped into North American landfills every year and they can take decades or even centuries to biodegrade. That’s why we’re pleased to offer a more sustainable option from Natracare, who have pledged themselves to making their carbon footprint as soft as possible. Their products are made from natural materials, gynaecologist recommended, sustainably sourced and certified organic.
At Lindo’s we are committed to providing environmentally friendly and sustainable options to our customers and this includes not only the products listed above, but many more. Included in our selection of Earth friendly products are options for deodorants, shampoo, conditioner and skincare. If you have any questions about organic or green products at Lindo’s pharmacies, please ask a pharmacist.
To find out more about Earth Day, please visit www.earthday.org.
Stephanie Simons is the head pharmacist at Lindo’s Pharmacy in Devonshire. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and has been practicing for over 20 years. She is a registered pharmacist with the Bermuda Pharmacy Council and is a member of the Bermuda Pharmaceutical Association.