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Holistic Hair

1 March 2019

Holistic Hair is a brand truly putting the “care” back into haircare. With their science-based approach to healthy hair and a goal to be the leading natural haircare brand of choice we thought it was time to catch up with owner Nicky James-Baird to discuss their plans to turn us.....

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Meet Totally Kiwi Oils!

1 December 2018

Commonsense has been stocking Totally Kiwi's organic cold pressed flax seed oils since 2016 and decided it was high time we caught up with the good people responsible for making them!What inspired the beginnings of your company? Our family business Bio Oils Ashburton has been cold pressing NZ grown, fully.....

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Commonsense's Flagship Suppliers: Common Property

22 November 2018

Back in 1975 Jim Kebbell and Marion Wood (who would later set up Commonsense) bought some land in Te Horo as an outreach for the halfway houses they were running at the time. ..

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Plastic Free Toilet Paper from Greencane!

1 July 2018

Greencane Ecopaper produce sustainable and environmentally friendly, plastic free toilet paper, kitchen towels, and tissues. They are made from the fibre waste from the sugarcane industry and they are packaged in home compostable paper and cellulose...

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Plastic-Free Bars - The Ethique-al Choice

2 May 2018

Christchurch based Ethique (pronounced Eh-tique) began life as a young, fledgling business looking to provide healthier, more sustainable soaps and shampoos to the people of New Zealand. After some development and a highly successful campaign on Pledgeme.com, these low-waste, eco-friendly, cruelty-free bars have taken the country by storm...

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True Earth - Our Hero Organic Suppliers

1 April 2018

True Earth started growing vegetables in 1992 on our home block, which when we purchased was primarily an extensive sheep farm with a history of low fertiliser and nil DDT use. At the same time we saw an opportunity to grow export squash organically for the Japanese market, so we.....

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An Almighty Achievement: How our local juice suppliers are teaching organic, sustainable farming to our youth.

1 March 2018

We’ve been stocking Almighty Juices since they approached us in 2016 and it’s always been clear to us that these hero suppliers of ours are driven by their values. I sat down with Adán, co-founder of Almighty at his café, Milk Crate on Ghuznee st, Wellington to find out more...

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The Magical Commonsense Coffee from Good Fortune

17 January 2018

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, we've been lucky enough to be given some extra love by some of our favourite local foodies: Wellington Chocolate Factory, Garage Project and Good Fortune Coffee Co. ..

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Cameron Family Farms

17 January 2018

Nestled in the beautiful countryside of South Wairarapa sits Cameron Family Farms, an extensive organic farming operation set up by Filmmaker James Cameron and Author Suzy Cameron, both keen environmental advocates. Their growing principles are directed by their values - ethical, organic, sustainable plant-based farming and they’re constantly working hard.....

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The Urban Monk: Fantastic Monastic Cultured Food

17 January 2018

We love how passionate our suppliers and growers are, and Christchurch-based Matt Morris is as passionate as they come! Director of The Urban Monk, he takes a spiritual approach to creating delicious certified organic cultured vegetables...

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Born to be Wild: Chocolate, Brazil & Prisons with Marie, Wildness Chocolate

17 January 2018

Marie from Wildness Chocolate is a force of nature. In the past few years her achievements include introducing a new flavour to a nation, buying land in Brazil, starting a chocolate company and working with women at Arohata Women’s Prison. Have we mentioned she’s also mother to three small children?!..

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