Causes we Love This Christmas

1 December 2017

Commonsense is founded on values of organics, environmental sustainability and community. We're proud that every year, at least 10% of our profit goes to supporting initiatives that share our values. We're the primary sponsor of Porirua School Gardens, and our Store Managers also support one-off and regular initiatives at their discretion.

Take a look at our blog to see which causes we supported in 2017.


Christmas gives us a fantastic opportunity to get in touch with our local community and to share in the spirit of giving. If you’re struggling to find a gift for someone in your life, why not make a contribution in their name?

Here are some great causes worth supporting:


Wellington Women’s Refuge


Wellington Women’s Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki, Maori Womens Refuge provide services to women and children who have or are experiencing domestic violence in the Wellington community.


Common Unity Project


Common Unity works out of their Remakery building in which they rebuild, restructure and redefine old, out of date things to create new things and a new way. It is a place for sharing knowledge, time and helping to upskill people in the community.

They also have an online store with some great little gift ideas.


Million Meters

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The Million Meters Streams Projects has one definite goal – to restore New Zealand’s waterways through the planting of one million trees. They have planted over 20,000 trees already and need you help to plant some more.




New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation, Kaibosh, links the food industry with community groups that support people in need ensuring that quality surplus food reaches those who are struggling rather than being needlessly discarded – benefiting both our community and our environment.


Shoebox Christmas


Working alongside low decile schools, pre-schools, Women's Refuge, and community organisations, Shoebox Christmas delivers Christmas presents to kids who could do with an extra smile on Christmas Day. This is especially great for children to get involved with, giving them the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about the contribution they can make to the happiness of others.


The Free Store


This grassroots, volunteer-driven initiative redistributes quality, fresh surplus food from Wellington's eateries directly to those in need of it, bringing the community together and saving on tonnes of food wastage every year.


Wellington City Mission Foodbank


The Mission's Foodbank is an emergency service that operates throughout the year to assist people who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Take a look at their Christmas Star Appeal to see how you can help make a difference this Christmas.