Raise a glass for the workers 🍻

Rogue & Vagabond got accredited for the Living Wage late last year after manager Calum advocated for it. Their staff are now all paid at least the minimum, and they brought the cleaners in-house as their commercial cleaner didn’t pay Living Wage.

Tom, a staff member who started after the Living Wage was introduced, is experiencing it for the first time. The extra cash definitely makes a difference, and he’s pretty happy to be part of a business that’s setting the standard.

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Nanz Nair
Welcoming Cranfields to the Conscious Consumers Community

Conscious Consumers love what Cranfields stands for, a family owned business in the heart of Wellington city, and one of our newest members of our business community! A mother-daughter team, daughter Nicola now leads a small group of long-serving staff to bring beautiful New Zealand-made and small-scale international producers to Wellingtonians, in their exquisite store just off Lambton Quay. We talked with Nicola about what it is that drives her vision for the store, and their philosophy.

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Melissa Keys
Welcoming delicious Green Time to Conscious Consumers

We’re excited to welcome Green Time, an Auckland-based vegan eatery to Conscious Consumers. Yahoo! The creation of ex-young lawyer Kitty Lin, Green Time was borne out of a desire to better improve and maintain a pristine environment that we Kiwis love so dearly. Producing a series of wholesome and low-impact eats are part of Kitty’s mission for a better world, which started out as a side project. Green Time has now become a permanent and very welcome fixture in Auckland’s CBD.

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Melissa Keys
Five sustainable Kiwi fashion brands we love

Conscious consumers are more likely to buy a piece of New Zealand-grown seasonal fruit than an import, so it stands to reason that we might also like to support local fashion brands.

Nowadays clothing is rarely made in New Zealand, because like so many other industries manufacturing processes have long ago been outsourced. But while some Kiwi labels knowingly chose to use suppliers that are under pressure to produce cheaper clothing at any cost, others like the examples below are going out of their way to ensure a more environmental and socially-sustainable pathway for their garment production.

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Winger BMW and Conscious Consumers have a prize for you

We’re excited to be partnering with BMW Winger in Wellington to bring you a particularly electrifying competition!Over the next four weeks you’ll have an opportunity to enter and win a four day hire package featuring a brand new BMW i3 all-electric hatchback.

We’ll be setting you up with one of these beauties, free to enjoy the full power over an awesome four days of cruising around Wellington at your leisure.

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Melissa Keys