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a kind man called greg

A man called Greg emailed us the other day. He has started a blog featuring a bunch of audio work that he's been working on in his free time.

As Greg says "It's all free, but I'm offering the chance for people to buy a handmade CD (packaging made from recycled found stock). Because of your inspiration, I am going to donate 60% of any money that it makes to your innocent foundation at the end of the year. The rest I will use to try to start up a business."

Can't argue with that.

designers of the future

We had loads of great entries to our kids design competition. After some heated debates and a few sulks, we whittled them down to a shortlist of finalists and our grand judge, children's author Lauren Child, then chose the overall winners.

Each winner not only gets a year's supply of smoothies and a visit to their school from one of our DGVs, their designs will also feature on our kids smoothies cartons this summer.

You can see all the winners and runners up in a bit more detail in our winners gallery but for their world premiere, we thought it only right to showcase the winning entries right here:

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Top prize winner: Holly J aged 7 Favourite fruit: Strawberry

Well done to Holly. The judges were particularly impressed by her astronaut dude as well as her activity of making a walkie talkie from two kids cartons and a bit of string. This was rigorously tested in our car park by Tansy who can confirm it works a treat.

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Top prize winner: Max H, aged 9 Favourite fruit: Peach

Lovely use of colour and a keen eye for detail in this design by Max. The judges also liked the fact you needed a friend to play the fruit tasting game with and that in the process, you got to try lots of different fruit as well.

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Top prize winner: Lizzie N, aged 12. Favourite Fruit: Cherry

What a cracking idea by Lizzie. The judges just loved how she made Sudoku into Frudoku. Some really good drawings of fruit along with an excellent bearded lady dude made this entry our designer Kat's overall favourite.

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Top prize winner: Charlotte E, aged 16 Favourite fruit: Mango

The judges liked the idea of of combining making something cool with recycling. Charlotte's idea to make your own bin out of a smoothie box means you get 'a cool bin and a cleaner planet'. We couldn't have put it better ourselves, Charlotte.

Thanks to everyone who entered and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for these winning designs on shelf this summer.

happy snapper

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Late yesterday afternoon 'Vixff' was the first person to add a photo of our new 100% recycled bottles into our 'spot the new innocent recycled logo' flickr competition*. John W came an extremely close second with his spot in East Grinstead.

There is another prize up for grabs for the photo of the person doing the most imaginative eco friendly thing with one our new labeled bottles if you're still keen. Just keep an eye out for all those new little 100% recycled bottles in the shops for the next couple of weeks.

*You might not be able to see Vixff's photo in the group unless you are logged in or a member of the group. We can assure you it was the first though, here it is at the top of this post.

nice bottom

We had loads of entries to the bottom of our bottle competition.

So many in fact that it took us a while to read through them all.

We were only going to choose 3 winners but the entries were of such a high standard that we ended up choosing 7. In other words, you did all the work, while we drank tea and laughed at your bum jokes.

Here are the winning captions along with the geniuses behind them. Thanks to everyone who entered. May you all be blessed with perfectly formed bottoms from this day forth.

If you listen real hard, you can hear the sea

Yvonne

This is Yvonne. Yvonne is currently doing her PhD at Oxford and this is not her first brush with literary fame; she's had some poetry published already. Yvonne is a big fan of cheesecake, especially the chocolate marbled yoghurt variety (not as yet available on wooden sticks).

Rub bottle to free genie

Thanks to Amy for sending in this caption. Amy's favourite place to go on holiday is San Francisco. She's just had her birthday (it was an important one) is studying psychology and child development and has a large collection of stripy socks.

Suddenly everything is clear

John

John is scared of waxworks but not spiders. His best job was being paid to put garters on pretty ladies and he once slept through a small earthquake.

Trapped in bottle factory - send help

Iain

We liked Iain's caption a lot. Iain works in IT and prefers staying up really late to watch American ice hockey over going for a quick jog round the park or any other form of exercise.

The end is nigh

Peter

Skateboards, rollmop herrings and moths all feature on Peter's top ten list of good stuff. By day he is a Head Gardener, by night he is the proud owner of a very nice pair of Lancashire clogs. He even sent us a picture of them to show just how great they are:

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In case of emergency, breakdance

Richard's advice to the world is never let your mum cut your hair. If you invited Richard round for afternoon tea, he'd like a fondant fancy on a doily please and in return, would tell you all about New York and modern art.

All the cool kids drink from this end

Cameron is rather camera shy but tells us that he likes smoothies, free stuff and facial scrubs. Which is a pretty good list of things to like.

Look out for these new bottoms, coming to a bottle near you very, very soon.

two weeks to go

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You might remember our kids design competition from a few months ago. The deadline is in a couple of weeks (January 31st) so we thought we'd give you a quick nudge to dig out any entries that might have fallen down the back of the sofa.

To get you all inspired for the final push here are a few of our favourite entries so far (all worth a click to see them bigger)...

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Nine year old Kai shows us how wizards do it. You can't go wrong with wizards.

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Charlotte's entry into the 15-16's category explores the intricacies of grape bowling.

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And finally Douglas (who is nine as well) impressed us with his plant pot idea and smiling face swapsie.

The winner of each category (under 8's, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16) will have their designs printed on millions of our kids cartons this spring/summer. Five runners up from each category will receive a year’s supply of smoothies and a visit to their school by our DGV to hand out smoothies. Pretty good prizes that are well worth having a pop at we think.

You can still download the entry form here if you fancy.