Organisation Category: Retail Trade

  • Profile

    Commonsense sells organic and allergy aware food, environmentally friendly products and fair trade goods in the Wellington region and Auckland. We have shops in Wellington city, Kilbirnie, Kapiti, Lower Hutt and Mt Eden – and an online store.

    Commonsense is an independent family business built around a strong trading philosophy. We offer a wonderful customer focused shopping experience including:

    • an extensive selection of fresh organic & locally grown food
    • the largest range of fairly traded goods in New Zealand
    • health, beauty, home and garden products that are better for you and the environment
    • groceries clearly labelled for allergy aware customers
    • rigorous research of every stocked item to provide you with a store full of products you can trust


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    Sustainability Highlights:
    • Good Food
    • Smart Procurement-Supply Chains
    • Wellbeing-Community-Health
    Sustainability Actions:

    We model a different way of doing business based on a respect for our dependence on the land and its resources and our responsibility to preserve it for future generations and other species. To do this we:

    • Support organic growers and processors

    • Measure, control and offset our carbon footprint

    • Ensure the products we sell and the materials we use are sustainably harvested and responsibly made

    • Respect and protect matauranga Maori (traditional knowledge)

    • Support people to make sustainable choices in their own lives through the products and information we offer.

    We support our staff and pay a living wage, running our business in a financially sustainable way to ensure long-term employment opportunities for them and for our suppliers.

    We love to see local projects which reflect and promote our values, and we provide financial and other support to help them flourish. Community/sustainability projects we support include Mana Recovery (a recycling business which provides employment for people with mental health needs), Nga Tamariki a Rongo (organic gardens in decile one schools), bicycle-powered composting and urban farming and many more.

    Awards and Certifications:
    • NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards Winner
    • BioGro Organic New Zealand
    • Living Wage
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Listing last updated 22/08/2017