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The Environmental Impact of Buying Organic Food

28 March 2018

The agriculture industry occupies a unique place in the climate change debate. In 2007, although it was responsible for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions[1] some research indicated that it had the potential to be used to mitigate up to 20% of global emissions by sequestering carbon (i.e...

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Our Co-founder, Jim turns 80!

5 March 2018

On the week of his 80th birthday, we sat down with Jim Kebbell to learn more about the history of Commonsense and find out what he’s learnt from this inspiring business...

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10 Truly Romantic Original Gifts for this Valentine’s Day

8 February 2018

Valentine’s day is often knocked for being a day invented by greeting card companies to make money and shame single people. But we like to see it as a day of love - love for a partner, but also for your friends, family, neighbours and strangers...

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THE PLASTIC PROBLEM: OUR COMMONSENSE PACKAGING JOURNEY

7 February 2018

Our aim at Commonsense is to keep all our packaging out of the landfill. This includes packaging of products that we sell to customers and packaging that we generate in the course of running our business. ..

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10 Easy Ways to Use Up Christmas Leftovers

17 January 2018

Christmas is a time of foodie celebration, but it can be so easy to over-estimate quantities and end up with a whole lot of excess food. If Boxing Day finds you with your fridge bulging, here are 10 quick and easy ideas ideas to make the most of Christmas leftovers...

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Fair Trade & Organics: What's the Connection?

17 January 2018

Fair trade and organics are part of our core values here at Commonsense. They both acknowledge the interconnection between people, food and the environment. For Fair Trade Fortnight (4-17 August 2017), we decided to look a little closer at the relationship between fair trade and organics. ..

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A fresh new look! It’s just Commonsense.

17 January 2018

Commonsense Organics has been providing fresh organic food since 1991 (way back before organics was cool!). We’re a family business and our values are right at the heart of what we do. This is not going to change...

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Why we're saying goodbye to plastic bags... for good!

17 January 2018

This year, we've wholeheartedly embracing Plastic Free July. A number of our staff (including co-founder Marion Wood) took up the challenge of no single-use plastic during the month. As a company, we updated our process for buying bulk products, interviewed Hannah from The Rubbish Trip and took a closer look.....

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Fair Trade Fortunes: Your Foodie Horoscope for August 2017

17 January 2018

Fair trade is at the core of our business: it's one of the three main Commonsense values. It's Fair Trade Fortnight from the 4th to the 17th of August 2017, so we're celebrating everything fair trade...

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What does 'eating ethically' really mean?

17 January 2018

Here at Commonsense, we pride ourselves on being a one-stop ethical shop. But what does ethical eating really mean? Organic, free-range, vegan, vege, sustainably-caught... the list goes on! Instead of presenting a tiny sliver of a multi-faceted issue, we asked some of our people about what eating ethically means to them...

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Your Commonsense Guide to Seasonal Fruit & Veg

17 January 2018

Eating seasonally is just common sense. It's better for us because we're getting fresh, tasty food at a lower cost, and it's better for the environment because less fossil fuels are spent transporting it to our plate...

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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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