News & Events

News & Events

  • 01 November 2012

    Happy World Vegan Day!

    This annual event is held on the 1st of November to mark the start of World Vegan Month.  The date celebrates the coining of the term "vegan" and the founding of The Vegan Society in November...

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  • 03 October 2012

    Vegetarian Awareness Month

    Monday marked the 35th annual World Vegetarian Day and the kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month, an event established by the North American Vegetarian Society and quickly taken up around the...

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  • 19 September 2012

    Commonsense Gardening with Catherine

    Kai ora gardeners, Spring is on the way and planting fun begins, it’s an exciting time for keen gardeners. We are all looking for ways to save money these days and growing your own plants...

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  • 17 September 2012

    Community News

    Trash Palace We recently became one of Trash Palace’s first business customers. Trash Palace is a recycling centre run by Mana recovery, a non-profit organisation which has been providing...

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  • 06 August 2012

    The Great Samoan Container Project

    Last week, we stumbled across this shout out for help on Facebook: "SANITARY PADS, SANITARY TOWELS, SANITARY NAPKINS, SURFBOARDS! Whatever you want to call them – us women need them once a...

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  • 20 July 2012

    No BPA in Commonsense receipts

    Commonsense Organics has chosen to go BPA free with our receipts! Marion Wood (our managing director) is concerned, not only for all retail workers in New Zealand, but also for kids playing shops...

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  • 16 July 2012

    New River Green 50 list

    Commonsense Organics is delighted to be included as part of the New River Green 50 list! We are the only food company included in the list and it is great to carry the flag for the food industry....

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  • Matariki

    Happy New Year! The Aotearoa New Zealand New Year is traditionally celebrated in June and July- and begins 'officially' on the 21st of June this year. Matariki reminds us to celebrate with our...

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    08 June 2012
  • 11 May 2012

    First fair trade Parliament in the southern hemisphere

    Our Managing director, Marion Wood spoke at the Oxfam Fairtrade coffee break at Parliament on behalf of Fairtrade Wellington. After chatting to All Good Banana’s fair trade gorilla, Marion...

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  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2012

    Fair Trade Fortnight 5th - 20th May! During Fair Trade Fortnight our fair trade products are show-cased with educational information about fair trade. You can also win a fair trade hamper! Find...

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    05 May 2012
  • 02 May 2012

    Every Choice Matters: Choose Fair Trade

    Every Choice Matters In 2011 fair trade fortnight was all about choosing to buy fair trade. This year we are encouraged to add another staple to the list! For those of us that already buy some fair...

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  • 01 May 2012

    Fair Trade Fortnight 2012 Wellington Events

    Fair Trade City Wellington has announced a fabulous line-up of events for Fair Trade Fortnight 2012. Show your support for fair trade by getting out and about- every choice matters! Choose...

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  • 26 April 2012

    Autumn Seasonal Produce

    Some great things about seasonal goodness right now- the Reed avocado and the mighty feijoa! Autumn also brings some strange and wonderful fruit and produce. We have just had some incredible quinces...

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  • 14 March 2012

    Are oats gluten free?

    We are often asked by our customers if oats can be gluten free. So we did some research and have come up with the following information.   Coeliac society, New Zealand, July 2010 There is...

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  • 07 March 2012

    A letter from our Summer Gardener

    Kia ora gardeners, I am sitting here in my garden to get some inspiration on what to write for this letter, I looked around me and thought “this is it, we are here” the time of year that...

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  • 16 February 2012

    Preserving, sprouting and a party!

    February is a big month. We all get to enjoy the harvest, come up with 101 ways to eat (or preserve) zucchinis...and have a birthday party!   Preserving Products Quattro Stagioni Preserving...

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  • 24 January 2012

    What to do with surplus fruit and vegetables

    Do you have an awesome fruit tree or an abundant garden summer surplus going on? If your friends are in the same postition and you are all wondering how much more lettuce you can eat.... have a look...

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  • 16 January 2012

    Nanoparticles in sunscreens

    New Zealand and Australia have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. We need to use sunblock- but recently there have been concerns over the issue of nanoparticles in sunscreens. We have...

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