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Motherhood and Commonsense

3 May 2018

Mothers are at the heart of what we do here. Our business was co-founded by pioneer and mother, Marion Wood. The reason it began as an organic business was because of the influence of Marion’s mother, Frances, who insisted they farmed using organic practices...

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Plastic-Free Bars - The Ethique-al Choice

2 May 2018

Christchurch based Ethique (pronounced Eh-tique) began life as a young, fledgling business looking to provide healthier, more sustainable soaps and shampoos to the people of New Zealand. After some development and a highly successful campaign on Pledgeme.com, these low-waste, eco-friendly, cruelty-free bars have taken the country by storm...

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Uncommon fruits and the best ways to eat them

2 May 2018

As Autumn sets in, we are reaching a time of abundance in some classic fruits – apples, pears, limes and kiwis. But the month of May also brings with it some lesser known fruits – Quince, persimmons and tamarillos. ..

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New Zealand's first national Organic Week!

18 April 2018

Last week we celebrated New Zealand’s first National Organic Week and IT. WAS. AWESOME! We got to celebrate everything that we hold dear – organic growing principals, ethical practices, environmental sustainability, people care and animal welfare – to name a few...

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True Earth - Our Hero Organic Suppliers

1 April 2018

True Earth started growing vegetables in 1992 on our home block, which when we purchased was primarily an extensive sheep farm with a history of low fertiliser and nil DDT use. At the same time we saw an opportunity to grow export squash organically for the Japanese market, so we.....

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Ceres Organic Banana Bread Recipe!

30 March 2018

This recipe from Ceres Organics is simply delicious, made up of nutritious, organic ingredients and sweetened with natural sugars. Why not give it a go!..

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How we're celebrating Organic Week 2018!

29 March 2018

This year’s Organic Week will go from Monday 9th – Sunday 15th April and we’re delighted to have an excuse to celebrate everything we love about being an organic company!..

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The Environmental Impact of Buying Organic Food

28 March 2018

The agriculture industry occupies a unique place in the climate change debate. In 2007, although it was responsible for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions[1] some research indicated that it had the potential to be used to mitigate up to 20% of global emissions by sequestering carbon (i.e...

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Beneficial Phytochemicals Higher in Organic Food

13 March 2018

The chemicals that plants naturally produce to protect themselves against diseases can also help to protect us from getting ill and may even assist our recovery from some diseases. It is not surprising then, that many of the therapeutic properties of herbal medicines are due to the presence of these.....

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Sunomono - Our Favourite Seaweek Recipe!

6 March 2018

Sunomono is a traditional Japanese salad, mostly served as a refreshing side dish. It contains mostly cucumber & wakame, but you can add a variety of other ingredients. This is a simple and tasty dish to make in minutes at home, brought to you by our friends at Pacific Harvest...

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Our Co-founder, Jim turns 80!

5 March 2018

On the week of his 80th birthday, we sat down with Jim Kebbell to learn more about the history of Commonsense and find out what he’s learnt from this inspiring business...

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Trade Aid's Spiced Chocolate Truffles Recipe

5 March 2018

This recipe has been developed for Trade Aid by #TheVeganMonster. Easy to make, this recipe creates a delicious vegan treat - All ingredients available at Commonsense and ones marked with * are on special for all of March! ..

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