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Dairy Free Pesto Recipe

14 February 2014

Ever wondered how we manage to put gorgeous green pesto in our vegan sandwiches and wraps?  We make our own dairy free, vegan pesto on site.  Try it at home with whatever herbs you've got (basil, parsley, coriander, mint, dill, etc)...

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Hemp Seed Food Products Illegal in New Zealand?

17 January 2014

Our Managing Director and co-founder Marion Wood addresses the current debate around hemp seed food products being sold in New Zealand...

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How to make apple sauce and what to do with it!

29 October 2013

Don't know what to do with apple sauce?  You're not alone: folks brought up in New Zealand have rarely used apple sauce, but it's a staple in many cultures around the world including North America and various European countries. ..

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Choosing the Right Sunscreen

11 October 2013

New Zealand and Australia have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world...

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How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

12 September 2013

Eating well before conception, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding can have a long term positive effect on the health of your baby.  In addition to a wide variety of organic fresh produce and dry goods we also stock supplements, oils and herbal remedies designed specifically for use before and during.....

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Where are we now? Commonsense Organics in 2013

16 August 2013

Recently we took a staff trip to Common Property, the farm owned by the founders of Commonsense Organics.  On that trip we realised how far Commonsense has come and yet how close it still is to its roots.  Jim and Marion still own that land and have built it up.....

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Bee Aware Month: How to Support the Declining Bee Population

5 August 2013

Bees are dying all over the world in huge numbers - numbers which are scary because we depend on bees for so much. In New Zealand bees are instrumental in approximately one third of our food and a large portion of our economy...

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No BPA in Commonsense Receipts

18 July 2012

Our co-founder Marion Wood is concerned, not only for all retail workers in New Zealand, but also for kids playing 'shop' with Mum and Dad’s receipts...

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Italian-Style Tomato, Bean & Vegetable Soup

3 June 2011

Our house-made soups at the Wakefield St store (now also Kilbirnie, Lower Hutt & Johnsonville) are a staple for many Wellington folk, warming the cockles of browsing shoppers and busy CBD workers alike.  The soups change daily but are always organic, vegetarian, and gluten free.  ..

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A Guide to Safer House Cleaners

You may have noticed a growing number of household cleaning products on the market which claim to be ‘environmentally friendly’.   This sounds like great news but unfortunately all detergents are a burden on the environment in one way or another.   In fact there is no such thing as a completely.....

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