How To Make Your Garden More Bee Friendly

30 August 2018

Bees are an extremely important and fragile element of our ecosystem. At least one third of our food depends on honey bees for pollination...

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Fair Trade – What does it really mean?

2 August 2018

As organics, Fair Trade and conscious eating becomes highlighted in the media and in our changing buying habits, one thing is clear to us at Commonsense: our customers don’t want their purchases to have a negative impact on the people who grow, produce and process their favourite products...

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The most important products to buy Fair Trade

1 August 2018

As with any buying habits, it can be tricky to change a lot of things overnight. So below, we’ve listed three products to get you started buying Fair Trade. These are products which, when bought non-Fair Trade, can have a hugely negative impact on the people who produce them...

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Sylvie’s Back-to-School Muesli Bars

23 July 2018

Mention the word "school lunches" to many parents and witness an involuntary eye roll as they contemplate their daily dramas. Our home is no exception and both children have entirely different things they will tolerate in their lunch boxes...

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The Commonsense Kitchen's New Samosas!

5 July 2018

We have started making samosas in our Commonsense Kitchen! They are a little different to the ones we used to stock - they are baked, not fried which makes them a whole lot better for you. And they are made using all organic ingredients!..

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Steps to plastic freedom

2 July 2018

So you've mastered the first steps of going plastic-free - you're probably sipping from a reusable coffee cup as you read this, about to bring your tote bag of stainless steel straws and water bottles to your weekly Boomerang Bag meetup...

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Quick and easy switches for plastic free July

2 July 2018

Plastic Free July is upon us! And while the idea of not buying anything in plastic for a month might seem daunting, we've made it a little easier by compiling this list of very easy substitutes you can make...

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Plastic Free Toilet Paper from Greencane!

1 July 2018

Greencane Ecopaper produce sustainable and environmentally friendly, plastic free toilet paper, kitchen towels, and tissues. They are made from the fibre waste from the sugarcane industry and they are packaged in home compostable paper and cellophane...

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We're Launching a Sensory Friendly Hour!

19 June 2018

We now offer a weekly sensory-friendly shopping hour to support people who are on the autism spectrum, or just need a quiet time to shop...

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Win a Winter Wellness Hamper!

8 June 2018

For the month of June, spend $40 in store or online, write your details on your receipt and you'll go in the draw to win this fantastic Winter Wellness Hamper! ..

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Winter Gardening Guide

5 June 2018

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” - Ron Finley –What to do in the garden in winterHave you ever considered using the space you have to grow veggies? We are fortunate in New Zealand that, wherever we live, it’s almost always possible to grow some of.....

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