Lav Kokonas and Banjo Brews

June 20, 2016

Heather and Sandie have been regulars at the Nelson Market, educating and sharing the booch love on Saturdays rain, hail and shine since May 2015.

The Nelson Market is a vibrant celebration of the creativity and essence of the Nelson region and its people - the perfect fit for Banjo Brews!

It was at the market that Heather and Sandie met Belinda Roselli founder of Lav Kokonas, importer of virgin coconut oil and other spoils grown by farmers in Vanuatu.

Belinda and her family established Lav Kokonas with the aim of contributing to the development of the island’s economy, after falling in love with Vanuatu on a family holiday.

Their range has expanded beyond virgin coconut oil to include cosmetics, a topical oil, coffee and spices - including the certified organic turmeric and ginger we love and use in Banjo Brews; blueberry, lemon and ginger, ginger, lemon and verbena and peach, chilli and turmeric.

The best bit about Lav Kokonas is their mission to give back, with a minimum 10 per cent of profits put towards funding numerous projects all over Vanuatu, such as football kits for kids, sponsorship of education fees and helping to develop small local enterprises.  How cool is that!?

Heather says Lav Kokonas’ philosophy resonates with Banjo Brews’ own approach.

“We love their products because it tastes wonderful and part of the Banjo Brews ethos is helping to make the world a better place through compassion and making sure all our products are fairtrade and ethically sourced.”

Belinda is thrilled Banjo Brews are using their certified organic ginger and turmeric in their brews.

“Grown in the pristine soils in northern Vanuatu these organic spices are intense in their natural flavours and bursting with nutrients, unlike cheaper irradiated spices,” she says.

You can pick up Lav Kokonas beautiful products online, or at the Nelson Market on Saturdays.

Likewise, you can pick up our probiotic, nutritious kombuchas online, or from the Nelson Market every Saturday.  Or find your local stockist here. 

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