Pa­cific pride

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All Good Or­gan­ics have re-in­tro­duced New Zealan­ders to eth­i­cally sourced or­ganic dried bananas from Samoa. It’s a small step in restor­ing the is­land na­tion’s ex­port busi­ness, which has shrunk dra­mat­i­cally over the past 60 years and is now hope­lessly lop-sided – last year New Zealand ex­ported 40 times more to Samoa than Samoa was able to ex­port to New Zealand. The banana chunks are nat­u­rally dried as op­posed to deep fried, and are made from the Misiluki va­ri­ety, a sweeter tast­ing banana than the more com­mon Cavendish. You wash your­self with nat­u­ral soap prod­ucts, so why not your pooch? Jules Smith es­tab­lished Wash Bar last year, the all­nat­u­ral range of soap, flea re­pel­lent and dog bed­ding de­odoriser. Soap mak­ing was a hobby, but the idea for turn­ing it into a busi­ness grew from a bar of soap she made with neem oil for a friend’s dog which was al­ler­gic to fleas. From there her busi­ness has blos­somed. “Wash­Bar prod­ucts are sim­ply pack­aged, and we try to elim­i­nate waste wher­ever pos­si­ble,” she says. “We are deeply com­mit­ted to clean­ing up our environment and liv­ing a sus­tain­able life­style.”

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