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Organic - the best the earth can get!

17 April 2019

As a values-based business it is important to us to ensure that every claim we make is genuine. Throughout Organic Week you’ll see in store signs popping up to let you know why we think organics are the better for you, and our planet! Set out below is the basis.....

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Easy Organic Plum Chutney

22 February 2019

There is something very satisfying about making preserves. It connects us to the earth’s rhythms and changing seasons when produce is plentiful. And it evokes nostalgia for our tupuna or grandparents who planned ahead to ensure adequate provisions were in place for the winter...

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Meet Lex from @allergyfreetummynz

5 February 2019

Lex caught our eye when we noticed her delicious, inspiring, allergy-aware recipes on her Instagram @allergyfreetummynz (anyone for vegan cheesy broccoli bites or gluten free dinosaur cookies?!). And we were even more delighted when we saw that she was a regular shopper at Commonsense!..

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Keeping our Kids Clean without chemicals

7 January 2019

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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Feeding Special Dietary Needs This Christmas

3 December 2018

In this fast-paced, ever changing, trend setting, conscious-consuming time, it can be hard to keep up with dietary requirements and appropriate gifts for our nearest and dearest. But fear not – While it can seem daunting to keep up with what others can and cannot eat, rest assured that feeding.....

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An Easy Ethical Christmas

5 November 2018

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway but don’t worry - we’ve got your back to ensure that this year your ethical and sustainable Christmas is a breeze!..

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Staff Picks! Beautifying Natural Cosmetics and Makeup that nourish your body

1 October 2018

To the untrained eye, Commonsense stores might appear to be boutique fruit and veg market stores, but inside we hold a plethora of treasures, and a dedicated team of knowledgeable members of staff who know the ins and outs of the products they stock...

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How To Make Your Garden More Bee Friendly

30 August 2018

Bees are an extremely important and fragile element of our ecosystem. At least one third of our food depends on honey bees for pollination...

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Steps to plastic freedom

2 July 2018

So you've mastered the first steps of going plastic-free - you're probably sipping from a reusable coffee cup as you read this, about to bring your tote bag of stainless steel straws and water bottles to your weekly Boomerang Bag meetup...

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Quick and easy switches for plastic free July

2 July 2018

Plastic Free July is upon us! And while the idea of not buying anything in plastic for a month might seem daunting, we've made it a little easier by compiling this list of very easy substitutes you can make...

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We're Launching a Sensory Friendly Hour!

19 June 2018

We now offer a weekly sensory-friendly shopping hour to support people who are on the autism spectrum, or just need a quiet time to shop...

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Winter Gardening Guide

5 June 2018

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” - Ron Finley –What to do in the garden in winterHave you ever considered using the space you have to grow veggies? We are fortunate in New Zealand that, wherever we live, it’s almost always possible to grow some of.....

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