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All about HEMP

As many of you see hemp products popping up you are wondering what is all the fuss about!  We love when we get questions about this superfood, in fact ‘superplant’ is more accurate, so in an attempt to answer some common questions we have put together some information to help you understand more about this plant we love so much at Good Pantry.

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Hemp is….

Hemp is an ancient crop that has recently become popular and highly sought after in New Zealand.  It will continue to grow in popularity as the world continues to seek sustainable solutions to many environmental problems.  

Hemp is a fast growing crop that grows without the use of herbicides or pesticides making it a great rotation crop for farmers looking to diversify as it is relatively easy to grow.  With its quick growth, it converts CO2 faster than any other traditional crop and is a bio-remediating crop which means it cleans and improves soil quality.

Unfortunately hemp is still often confused with its cousin marijuana as they are both from the Cannabis family, but unlike its cousin, hemp contains little to no THC, the compound that delivers the psychoactive effects of marijuana.  The hemp plant is grown for a multitude of uses and many of the products we use in day to day life can be made from hemp. Hemp products include fabric, paper, plastics, fuel, building material and food. As the hemp industry in New Zealand grows you will see more clothing items made from hemp popping up in stores that have sustainable clothing production as part of their ethos.  We hope before long that technology developments will mean we can package our hemp food products in Hemp pouches too! Every part of the hemp plant can be used and we look forward to when legal changes are made in New Zealand to allow more of the plant to be recognised for its nutritional and medicinal properties that much of the world already acknowledges.


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The legal changes

Late in November 2018 the New Zealand government finalised law changes that had been approved nearly 2 years prior to pass the hulled hemp seed and it’s products as food fit for human consumption.  Previously Hemp Seed Oil was the only product from the seed that was legal as this product was legalised in 2002. While we are rapt that the hemp seed and its derived products are now legal we look forward to when the leaves, flowers and roots are recognised for their medicinal properties too.  Up until the 1930’s, when big pharma business started to take over, 90% of all medicines available had Cannabis Sativa ingredients in them!!


Why eat hemp?

Good Pantry has a range of hemp products that are not only great for our planet and amazing examples of sustainable food products for our world but firmly sit in the superfood category with their nutritional profiles.  Hemp products have an optimal balance of Omega 3 and 6 in a 3:1 ratio. This ratio is important for immune responses in your body. It also contains smaller amounts of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and oleic acid, making it a very unique essential fatty acid product.  Hemp food products contain impressive protein and fibre levels so are a great choice of plant based nutrition. Among other benefits, the nutritional content of hemp products can aid in improving digestion, act as a hormone support, help skin problems, inflammation and heart disease.  Good Pantry stocks only premium quality products from New Zealand Hemp – Hemp Seed Oil, Hemp Protein (43% protein), Hemp Flour (53% fibre), Hemp Hearts and our very own Hemp Power Blend No. 1 which contains the very best gelatinised Maca and raw Cacao to complement our Hemp Protein. As we move through 2019 we will increase our range of hemp products and look forward to seeing hemp become more of a household pantry staple.  

We at Good Pantry look forward to sharing premium New Zealand Hemp products with you and having you become part of the hemp revolution, one that ensures both your health and that of our planet is first and foremost!


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Taking sustainability seriously

Here at Good Pantry we take sustainability seriously.

Our Sustainable Superfoods are produced in a way that has a low impact on the environment and they are products that will be able to be produced the same way in the years to come without compromising mother earth.  Water use, land use and CO2 emissions are all of concern to our plight and we stock products according to how they perform on these accounts.  For us though, it is not enough to simply sell our sustainable superfoods, we want to extend our sustainability focus throughout our business.  One of the ways we are doing this is through saying NO to conventional courier packaging.  We were looking for a sustainable and time efficient way to prepare our goods for posting.

We were so stoked to find STONEPAPER eco courier satchels!

Had you heard of Stonepaper?! Us neither until a few months ago when NZ company Stonepaper Packaging popped up in a search for sustainable packaging solutions.  Paper made out of stone? Really?

Yes! This revolutionary paper is made from 80% crushed stone gathered from industry offcuts that are then bound together by a non-toxic resin to form a beautiful satin textured paper.  All the while leaving the Earth’s natural water supplies and forests to do what they do best!

So what’s so good about Stonepaper I hear you ask?

This paper is seriously amazing.  It looks like paper and can do all the things paper can do- be folded, printed on, made into any shape and size etc.   It feels similar to tree paper- but much nicer- satin smooth.  However, where tree paper requires trees (duh), which require water and land space as well as needing to be cut down, Stonepaper production uses no water, no extra land space and can not only be recycled but is also photodegradable!  Photodegradable means if it is left exposed to the sun it will turn to a powder and then simply return to the earth.  Stonepaper Packaging uses premium Rockstock paper. Rockstock has been given NZ’s most prestigious environmental award – The Environmental Choice.  We are so pleased to have found this alternative and know our customers have been enjoying it too.

Tree Free, Recyclable (#2 code), Photodegradable, Commercially compostable, Environmentally friendly & Non-Toxic Inks

Below is a diagram that explains some of the environmental benefits when producing one metric tonne of Stone Paper compared with traditional pulp paper.


And what have we done with this product?

We designed and had made courier bags that our products get delivered in to our online customers.  When you order your goods from us, we pop them straight into the bag, seal it and its ready to make its way to you.  No plastic courier bags, no soggy paper wrapping getting wet in the leaky mailbox, just a lux bag that is ready to be recycled- or re-used if you like, simply turn it inside out to post your own mail in!  When you buy from us you can trust we are making good decisions on your behalf and will continue to explore alternatives as we grow.


Now we just need to work out a way to get these bags to fly to you without the use of a courier……

Eat good, do good.

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Eco- Art

It’s a thing!! And it so GOOD.
Graffiti and Street art can be a powerful way to spread messages about important causes and can bring attention to problems that aren’t addressed widely- connecting communities with global issues.
Some forms of Eco-Art have taken street art to a new level of communication- with consideration of the materials and processes being used to convey the artists message.
Have a look at how these artists create Eco-Art- Art that has a focus on the environment within its message and materials and processes.

Moss Graffiti
Moss graffiti is the most sustainable way to adorn the streets, both private and public, with clever sayings, pictures, and other forms of meaningful text–all while adding a little extra green to planet earth.
While spray paint cans are toxic to the environment, moss graffiti is anything but bad; in fact it’s GOOD! Instead of touching up this graffiti with damaging aerosols, all you have to do is water it every now and again!



Ice sculpture
Using only water to create time based ice sculptures, artists art creating non-permanent art works with no impact on our environment.
Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo’s art installation of frozen men brings the Arctic ice melt to the equator, metaphorically speaking. Showcasing a multitude of thought-provoking figures carefully sculpted out of ice, these men seem to sit in contemplation as the midday heat slowly erodes their bodies.
The little people sit quietly as the sun slaughters them slowly. It’s funny, even if you’re sitting in front of your computer, wrapped against the cold of an unusually chilly day– the effects of the melting ice can be felt worldwide, though few of us have lived on permafrost.

Below is another example of ice sculpture by architecture student Yushiro Okamoto who designed and built IceWall; a temporary installation facing the Charles River for MIT’s 150th year anniversary. Flower seeds were frozen into the ice blocks and when spring came, the ice melted and released the seeds into the ground, where they germinated and eventually bloomed.



Reverse Grafitti
Armed with rags, brushes and in some cases, pressure hoses, a number of street artists across the globe are expressing themselves through reverse graffiti, an art form that removes dust, rust and dirt from urban surfaces to create images, tags and advertising slogans. While many see the work as positive and imaginative, some view reverse graffiti in the same negative light as traditional graffiti.
We certainly approve of the innovative endeavour!
Paul Curtis, also known as Moose, invented reverse graffiti about a decade ago. Since then, he’s created personal, charitable and commercial work throughout the world. In 2008, he joined forces with Greenworks in order to promote their plant-based cleaner and make a statement about environmentally friendly street art. The outcome is a 120-foot mural of indigenous California plants in San Francisco’s Broadway Tunnel.


My passion for Eco-Art and art in general comes from my previous career where I was a high school Art and Design teacher. Art appreciation has always been a part of my life and I am excited to find ways to be able to bring this passion forward into Good Pantry. As you will see with our product packaging, each label is not only an artwork in its own right but contains a hand drawn ink illustration on the label. This illustration is not just for aesthetic purposes but is an educational tool as it depicts our product in its original state, something that will generate a more informed consumer.

Like Eco- Art, not only is our message focussed on sustainability but we reinforce this with the materials we use. While our superfoods each have an impressive sustainable profile, we extend this message right through to the courier bags we use. Our courier bags are made from the most sustainable paper in the world- stone paper- paper made from stone!
I will do another blog post on our amazing stone-paper courier bags but in the meantime when you order any product from us, make sure to take a moment to appreciate the bag our products come to you in! We are super proud of this contribution towards a plastic free trade, and are enjoying the feedback we are getting around the bags. For many of our customers it is the first time they have heard of stone-paper and for almost everyone the first time they have seen it.

While you can rest assured Good Pantry is going to be continuously working towards sustainable solutions, we encourage you to question and challenge how sustainable practices are embedded into other products you choose to be a part of your life. The more the market demands brands to step up their sustainable efforts, the more we empower change for our planet!


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Is Yerba Mate Natures Perfect Drink?

Is Yerba Mate Natures Perfect Drink?

A herbal tea does not get nicknamed “the drink of the gods” lightly. Yet ilex Paraguariensis or Yerba Mate has been labeled as such for centuries. Quite simply, every tea and coffee drinker in the world should be incorporating Yerba Mate into their hot drink lifestyle.

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Yerba Mate has been consumed as a staple in various forms for millennia in the South American countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The true, potent and nourishing power of Yerba Mate has been long-time documented even with tales of it being a powerful tool in war, where indigenous South American warriors would curb poor ration supply and hunger for sometimes weeks with nothing but the prolonging and nourishing effect of Yerba Mate. Battles were won without swords and arrows but merely with calm, patience and Yerba Mate.  How good!?

unnamedThe question is not, “What can Yerba Mate do?” The questions should be more so, “What can Yerba Mate not do!?” The list of documented Yerba Mate benefits is almost unending and far too vast to go into great detail for a simple blog post now. Over time we will be selecting and highlighting certain attributes and benefits of Yerba Mate use and giving the detail they deserve more specifically. To give an idea of the power of the plant and tea we will outline what we see as the five key features and benefits of Yerba Mate. They are:

1. Smooth Energy Boost – Yerba Mate generally contains around 85mg of caffeine per cup, which is more than tea but less than coffee. The energy boost received is not the typical ‘high-low’ experienced with coffee but a gradual, clean and calming boost of energy. The effects are so different that the phrase Mateine has been coined to replace Caffeine with the tea as scientists currently search for the unique compound similar to caffeine but unique to Yerba Mate.

2. Nutritional Superfood – Yerba Mate is non-acidic, jam-packed with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It contains practically all the micro-nutrients needed to sustain life. As well as 15 Amino Acids, Yerba Mate includes concentrated doses of:

• Vitamin A
• Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Calcium
• Iron
• Magnesium
• Manganese
• Phosphorus
• Potassium
• Selenium
• Sodium
• Sulphur
• Zinc

3. Anti-Stress Agent – Theobromine which is also found in chocolate is found in plentiful amounts in Yerba Mate. Theobromine is the compound that promotes the mild euphoric effect of eating chocolate and drinking Yerba Mate by relaxing blood vessels and allowing for better blood flow which decreases tensions on the heart and promotes feelings of calmness and clarity within.

4. Promotes Digestion – Unique compounds such as Xanthines, help to promote smooth muscle relaxation which aide digestion particularly if one struggles with constipation and bloating. Yerba Mate is also naturally antibacterial against E. coli the most common form of food poisoning.

5. Weight Loss – Yerba Mate is linked to increased fat oxidation, slowing of the digestive muscles and heightened levels of satiety which all contribute to weight loss. The overall combination of energy, nutrients and muscle relaxation experienced when consuming the tea speeds up metabolism and is the perfect partner to any weight loss regime.

The reason Good Pantry is involved with Yerba Mate has all stemmed from personal experience in how it has helped shaped positive change and health in my own life. Before drinking Yerba Mate I could consume up to five coffees a day. With coffee being so acidic I was destroying my stomach, gut and general well-being from the inside out – not good!!! Since discovering and incorporating Yerba Mate into my lifestyle, my health and well-being have increased dramatically. The bowel issues are gone, the ‘bubble belly’ has vanished and with café coffee being nearly $5 a pop, the wallet is feeling heavier.

220px-Mate_en_calabazaTraditionally, Yerba Mate is drunk through an oval-shaped drinking cup called a Gourd. The herb is packed in, hot water is added and the liquid is consumed through a special straw called a Bombilla. We in no way want to disrespect the culture and traditions of those who have come before us but we feel a slightly more subtle and refined way of drinking the tea will allow an easier transition to incorporate Yerba Mate into your life to receive all the benefits (and much, much more) discussed. Use 1 level Tbsp (5g) per cup (250ml) and infuse with hot but not boiling water for 3-10 minutes depending on taste. Yerba Mate has a slightly bittersweet flavour which can be enjoyable on its own or can be sweetened by adding any number of other fruits, herbs or flavourings to get the perfect taste for you. For example, a spoonful of honey, a slice of lemon, or one or two mint leaves.

Do you want to improve your health? Do you want to feel more vitality in your day to day functioning? Do you want to feel more holistic and better about yourself in general?
If so then we invite you to purchase some of delicious, nutritious and life-changing organic Good Pantry Yerba Mate to set the path of health and vitality!

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New Beginnings

The only constant in life is change, which means that each and every day we have the opportunity to leave the world better than it was before. This could be treating ourselves better, treating other people better or especially, treating our environment better, each and every day we have the chance to make a difference.

New Beginnings

Good Pantry is a new beginning for us and the world. Good Pantry’s mission and calling are to share our energies to promote a more prosperous, healthier and ultimately happier existence to all who are willing to welcome us in. How can we be fearful of such a simple and ordinary goal!? How can we be apprehensive when there is already such an abundance of good in the world!? We don’t think we can.

New beginnings

The end of the year is quickly approaching and it might be time to start thinking about how you can make in your life.  Chris Johnstone’s simple yet effective 2014 article on how grapple change to make it affirmative and constructive is a good read.  Take the 5 minutes to have a look, set the intent in place and let’s grow and change together.  All for the greater good!! Eat good, do good.