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Amy McLennan's Make-up Tips for a Fresh look this Spring

14 October 2019

What a welcome relief it is to see our Kowhai tree in full bloom and to feel the warmth from the sun these last few days. Spring is well and truly upon us...

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Nicola Galloway's Baked Root Vege Rosti with Fennel Salt and Avocado Green ‘Mayo’

24 September 2019

I firmly believe if you have a handful of flavoursome condiments at your disposal you can lift a meal to new heights with little effort. Some of my favourites include green sauces such as pesto or salsa verde, seasonal sauerkraut and a range of dressings and sauces...

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Celebrating Organic Wine Week!

3 September 2019

We’d love to tell you that you can drink as much organic wine as you like and not get a hangover but, being fans of the truth, sadly we can’t do that (although anecdotal evidence suggests that the effects may be less severe)...

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COMMONSENSE TO JOIN THE GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE

2 September 2019

All Commonsense stores will be closing their doors between 11am-2pm on 27th September to allow staff to attend the Global Climate Strike, a movement led by students demanding urgent action on climate change...

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Bee Aware: How you can Help our Bees thrive

30 August 2019

Bees are an extremely important and fragile element of our ecosystem. At least one third of our food depends on honey bees for pollination and it is estimated that the economic value of honey bees in New Zealand is over $5 billion per annum...

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Fair Trade Kindness Cookies!

31 July 2019

These dark chocolate and banana cookies have a cake-like texture and are a hit with the whole family. Best of all they are wholly organic and made with as many certified Fair Trade products that we could find! The perfect treat if you're hosting a Fair Trade coffee break this.....

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Fair Trade – A Commonsense Cornerstone

31 July 2019

Fair Trade is one of our cornerstone values at Commonsense and we are proud to carry the widest selection of Fair Trade food in the country...

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Wellington Good Food Boost 2019

2 July 2019

The Wellington Good Food Boost 2019 is a free six-week mentoring programme, run in partnership with the Sustainable Business Network and Wellington City Council. It’s designed to support fledgling ‘good food’ businesses who focus on local, seasonal or organic produce, and work to support environmental and social good in their.....

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Hearty Vegetable Soup with Beetroot Flatbreads

4 June 2019

Through the winter months we eat soup often. Having a pre-made soup mix on hand means a hearty dinner is never far away. When the cool weather arrives I make up a large jar of soup mix – consisting of equal parts brown or green lentils, brown rice and quinoa.....

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The Plastic Problem: Our Commonsense Packaging Journey

1 June 2019

Our ultimate aim at Commonsense is to keep all our packaging out of the landfill and to ensure it is part of a circular economy by being reused, home composted or genuinely recycled. This includes packaging of products that we sell to customers and packaging that we generate in the.....

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Winter Wellness: Turmeric Mānuka Tonic Recipe

25 May 2019

Embrace winter with this enlivening tonic packed full of organic ingredients which will assist you in fighting off the winter ills this season. This simple drink contains anti-inflammatory turmeric mixed with warming ginger, antibacterial Mānuka honey and Vitamin C-rich lemons...

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Nicola Galloway's Millet Pilaf with Baked Meatballs & Parsley Salsa Verde

5 May 2019

Cooking for a family I am always looking for ways to extend meals, add extra nutrition, and ideally have leftovers for lunchboxes the next day. In this meal, I add grated vegetables to the meatballs and bake them while preparing the rest of the meal...

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