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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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Beyond the MEAT Documentary: How are Animals Treated on Organic Farms?

23 May 2017

MEAT is a beautifully shot documentary focusing on the stories behind the meat on our supermarket shelves. Directed by David White, it’s a fascinating look at three farmers and one hunter in Aotearoa New Zealand and their relationship with the animals many of us eat. ..

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Superfood Beetroot: 10 Delicious Ways with the Humble Beet

8 May 2017

We’re delighted to be celebrating Winter Wellness Week from 12-18 June 2017. As part of this, we’re giving some love to one of our favourite winter vegetables: the humble beet. Beetroot is not only delicious, it’s also a superfood with fantastic health properties...

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The Urban Monk: Fantastic Monastic Cultured Food

4 May 2017

We love how passionate our suppliers and growers are, and Christchurch-based Matt Morris is as passionate as they come! Director of The Urban Monk, he takes a spiritual approach to creating delicious certified organic cultured vegetables. We love his fresh take on work and food almost as much as we love his fresh &.....

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Lucy's Ten Minute Gluten-free Vegetarian Gnocchi Recipe

30 April 2017

Looking for a super-quick supper that ticks many dietary needs? This tasty gnocchi dish is vegetarian, gluten-free and takes only ten minutes to prepare and cook! Our Corporate Services Manager Lucy Kebbell used Sabato's gluten-free gnocchi from Commonsense. It's made from potatoes, rice and corn. ..

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