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What does 'eating ethically' really mean?

11 July 2017

Here at Commonsense, we pride ourselves on being a one-stop ethical shop. But what does ethical eating really mean? Organic, free-range, vegan, vege, sustainably-caught... the list goes on! Instead of presenting a tiny sliver of a multi-faceted issue, we asked some of our people about what eating ethically means to them...

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Not Commonsense: Our Stance on NZ’s Soft Plastic Recycling Initiative

26 June 2017

At Commonsense, we're passionate about reducing waste... so why aren't we getting involved in New Zealand's Soft Plastic Recycling Initiative? Put simply: we don't think it's tackling the issue in a meaningful way. Read on to find out more. ..

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Your Commonsense Guide to Seasonal Fruit & Veg

25 June 2017

Eating seasonally is just common sense. It's better for us because we're getting fresh, tasty food at a lower cost, and it's better for the environment because less fossil fuels are spent transporting it to our plate...

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Meet Our Health Practitioners!

20 June 2017

Health and wellbeing is an essential part of the service we offer here at Commonsense! We sell a range of natural health & beauty products and our experienced Health Practitioners can offer advice on a range of health issues. ..

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Plastic Free July: '10 Ways to Shrink Your Waste’ with Hannah from The Rubbish Trip

18 June 2017

Here at Commonsense, we’ve been passionate about environmental sustainability since 1991! We’re always looking for ways to make our work more sustainable in areas like waste, energy use and the materials we use. We love initiatives like Plastic Free July, and stock a wide range of products that support a.....

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Five Hot Drinks To Brighten Winter Right Up

16 June 2017

Down in the dumps? Cold weather stealing your joie de vivre? Wind putting the SAD in your Seasonal Effective Disorder? You can stop crying and listening to Sia while eating Serious Popcorn under your duvet: we’ve ranked the ultimate five hot drinks to brighten up your winter. Which will be top dog? Read on!..

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Causes We Love in 2017: It’s Just Commonsense!

1 June 2017

Commonsense is founded on values of organics, environment and community. We're proud that every year, at least 10% of our profit goes to supporting initiatives that share our values. We're the primary sponsor of Porirua School Gardens, and our Store Managers also support one-off and regular initiatives at their discretion...

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What's on this Winter Wellness Week: 12-18 June 2017

1 June 2017

We’re delighted to be celebrating Winter Wellness Week here at Commonsense (12-18 June 2017). We've got fantastic wellness specials, tastings and workshops, all designed to help you take control of your health this winter. Take a look at our specials online or in store, and scroll down to see what's happening at.....

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Winter Wellness: Turmeric Mānuka Tonic Recipe

1 June 2017

We’re delighted to be celebrating Winter Wellness Week here at Commonsense (12-18 June 2017). For us, this Tonic is the essence of winter wellness:  anti-inflammatory turmeric mixed with warming ginger, antibacterial Mānuka honey and Vitamin C-rich lemons. A grind of black pepper helps make the goodness of the turmeric more absorbable. ..

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Pumpkin, Kumara, Carrot & Coconut Soup Recipe

1 June 2017

The Commonsense Kitchen makes soup for our Wellington region stores - a different variety every weekday! Our Pumpkin, Kumara, Carrot & Coconut recipe is a customer favourite. "It's just delicious!" our Kitchen Manager Scott says. "Our stores get a lot of people coming in with diets where they can't eat tomatoes.....

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