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

17 January 2018

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

17 January 2018

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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Indian Spiced Roast Cauliflower Salad Recipe

17 January 2018

Head Chef Scott is always coming up with new and interesting salad ideas for our Wellington lunchbars. This warmly spiced mix of vegetarian protein, roasted and raw veges is a tasty way to get healthy eating points and utilise staff favourite Raglan Coconut Yoghurt. ..

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Keeping our Kids Clean without chemicals

17 January 2018

The good news is that children’s bodies are really good at taking care of themselves – just add water! Soap can dry out young skin and should be limited to hand washing. Their hair doesn’t need washing often – once a fortnight is plenty – and the rest can generally.....

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Supporting Porirua School Gardens

17 January 2018

Recently our managers visited a number of school gardens in Porirua that Commonsense is proud to support. The lovely Alicia Rich showed us fruit and vege plantings across Cannons Creek that she helps coordinate as part of the Porirua School Gardens Scheme, an organisation established to support and guide local initiatives...

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How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

17 January 2018

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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ANZAC Cookie Recipe - Gluten Free

17 January 2018

While these are a great alternative for those sensitive to gluten, these treats are full of goodness and needn't be limited to an annual occasion - they're great in lunchboxes too!..

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Celebrating our 25th birthday with Commonsense chocolate

17 January 2018

November 7th 2016 will be Commonsense Organics' 25th birthday. We’re going to be celebrating with colourful decorations in store, a big birthday bash, and a month of amazing specials and giveaways. But we also wanted to mark the occasion with something extraordinary...

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How to Introduce Food to Babies Under 12 Months

17 January 2018

Establishing a healthy framework for your child’s diet is one of the most important things you can do to support your child’s growth and development. It will have an impact on their health for the rest of their lives...

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Marion's Plum Jam Recipe

17 January 2018

Summer and early autumn are plum heaven at our stores. In February, the dark-fleshed varieties like Black Doris and Omega start to arrive and you know it's time to start making plum chutney, plum sauces and plum jam...

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Harissa Dressing Recipe

17 January 2018

Harissa is a richly flavoured chilli paste popular in Tunisia, Libya and Algeria. This harissa dressing recipe is based on the classic, lively flavour combinations found in these cuisines and goes wonderfully with salads, on cooked rice and vegetables, or as a meat marinade. ..

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Fair Trade: It's Just Common Sense

17 January 2018

This year we celebrated Fair Trade Fortnight from the 6th to the 22nd of May. Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual celebration of all things fair trade and the difference that choosing to buy fair trade products makes for the farmers and workers in developing countries...

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