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A Guide to Dairy Free Alternatives

17 January 2018

Whatever your reason for being dairy-free, it can be hard to find safe options. This guide is designed to help you fill your pantry with dairy free products available online and at our stores...

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Interview with Clayton of Baron Hasselhoff's Cookies

17 January 2018

We talk to Clayton McErlane about his Baron Hasselfhoff's organic, vegan, gluten free cookies, and we try a few just to be extra sure of their deliciousness!..

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New In-Store: Kokako's Limited Edition Purosa Estate Coffee

17 January 2018

We are delighted to announce that our Mt. Eden store is now stocking Kokako’s very special, limited edition Purosa Estate coffee!..

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Waitangi Public Holiday Deliveries and Store Hours

17 January 2018

This year Waitangi Day falls on a Saturday, so the public holiday is transferred to Monday 8th. This affects our store and delivery operations, please check below for your local's details:..

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10 Ways to Use Leftover Christmas Food

17 January 2018

Christmas is a time of foodie celebration, but families often over-estimate quantities and Boxing Day can find us with fridges bulging. Here are 10 ideas for what to do with Christmas leftovers:..

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Interview with Rochelle Harrison of The Wellington Chocolate Factory

17 January 2018

New Zealand's first bean-to-bar chocolatier using 100% organic and fair trade ingredients works right here in Wellington, and we were lucky enough to visit her. Rochelle Harrison started and single-handedly runs The Cocoa Press [Feb 2014 update: now "The Wellington Chocolate Factory"], and her passion to create gourmet chocolate from.....

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A Guide to Safer House Cleaners

16 January 2018

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...

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Pumpkin, Kumara, Carrot & Coconut Soup Recipe

11 January 2018

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 and potatoes, so there are some customers who always ask for it."..

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

21 December 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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Christmas Gingerbread House Recipe!

12 December 2017

This recipe may seem quite technical, but trust us, it contains everything you need to get your foot on the Gingerbread property ladder. These houses are a great way to keep kids (and adults!) entertained and a delicious treat to enjoy on Christmas day...

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Lucy's Christmas Mincemeat

1 December 2017

This is definitely not a traditional mincemeat recipe (which uses suet and fewer varieties of dried fruit) but no one in my family seems to be complaining...

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Boomerangs and Borrow Bags - Our pledge to eliminate single-use shopping bags in our stores.

30 November 2017

As we look around us we see that plastic is choking our oceans, littering our world and finding its way into the air we breathe and the food we eat. Our shopping bags have been plastic free for over 10 years and we’re always thinking about what more we could.....

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