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dental arithmetic

Hair salons have the best names. Sherlock Combs. British Hairways. Shavid Beckham. Dentists, on the other hand, do not. So we’ve been thinking up what dentists could be called if they took a leaf out of the barbering book. Here's what we've got so far:

The Molar System

The Jonathan Floss Show

Abra Cadabraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Open Wide and Prejudice

Brush With The Law (this one works for hair salons too)

Copy and Tooth Paste

Ee By Gum

Brace Yourself

Panama Root Canal

Platform Canine and Three Quarters

The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, and Nothing but The Tooth

 

As you can see, we’re working really hard at the moment. 

some exciting news

Hello.

Today is a very proud day at innocent, as we announce that we have become a B Corp, joining a rapidly growing number of companies around the world that are committed to being a force for good.

One of our smoothies standing tall and proud next to the B Corp logo.

But what is a B Corp?

Well, to become a B Corp, companies are assessed and audited, and have to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

At innocent, we’ve always tried to do business the right way, behaving sustainably, making it a great place to work, giving 10% of our profits to charity and sticking to a strong code of ethics. But having an independent body scrutinise whether we’re actually doing it well means that we can be reassured that all of our efforts since 1999 have been worth it.

Becoming a B Corp is more than just getting a certificate (but we did get a very nice certificate). We are joining an important movement of companies and their employees – one that wants to shift the purpose of business from greed to good. Our business has a duty to step forward and prove that it can act truly responsibly, not just with the narrow mindset of profit above all else, but with a genuine commitment to all of the people we set out to serve – the people who work here, the people who drink our drinks, and the planet upon which we live and do business.

We are very proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with 2,500 fellow B Corp certified companies from all over the world. Some of these are our competitors, to whom we will happily open the doors of our business to, to share best practice, and from whom we hope to learn how to make innocent a better company to work for and work with.

And we encourage anyone to have a proper think the next time you're shopping: are you buying from a company that is certified as a B Corp? Are you spending your money on a product or service from a business that stands for something truly good? And could you even encourage the place where you work to think about becoming a B Corp?

We hope you can. Join us and become part of the movement to B the change.

bee appy

Bees are pretty great. Their sharp style could turn a grasshopper green with envy, and their gentle buzzing has been the soundtrack to many a summer. They play a big part in keeping us all fed too.

a friendly bee

Most of the plants we eat need to be pollinated, and bees like the humble bumble do a lot of the wingwork. But bee numbers are in decline, which could have a serious impact on our eco-systems. We need to step in and lend these tiny flying gardeners a hand.

The good folk at Friends of the Earth have started the Great British Bee Count and joining in is as easy as ABeeC. Download the app, snap any bees you spot (they love a photoshoot) and your photos will help experts learn more about the bee. We’re really excited to get started. Absolutely buzzing.

download the great british bee count app

sustainability a-z part 3

Imagine that you’re Pluto. One day you’re a planet, quietly minding your own planetty business, doing planetty things on the edge of the solar system. The next, someone with a lab coat and a clipboard comes along and tells you that, actually, all things considered, you’re not a planet after all. That’s quite a big change. You'll have to get your business cards remade, not to mention change your LinkedIn bio, and maybe even notify your local council. It's not the sort of thing you can just brush off and take in your stride.

Not every change has to be that big though. Changing your socks is straight forward enough, and changing what side you’re lying on is so easy that you can do it in your sleep. There are lots of little changes you can make, which are so small that you’ll barely notice them, but that can add up to have a big impact.  

With a bit (okay, a lot) of help from the brains at Do Nation, we’ve found a bunch of small changes that everyone can make to help look after the Earth, so that it doesn’t change. The final instalment is below, and if you’re the no-stone-unturned sort, you can catch up on the previous bits here and here

quality not quantity

Instead of buying loads of stuff, buy well-made, long-lasting bits instead. And practice your DIY skills by fixing anything that breaks.

recycle of life

Closing the loop on the stuff you use is a great way to be more sustainable. Make sure you put your waste in the right bins and, if you haven’t already, apply to the council for a food waste bin so it can become compost.

ALL THE LETTERS

bukka bukka boon

We know we're not going to win it - we never do. We've come to accept that. But every time it comes around we can't help but dream that maybe, just maybe, this year will be our year. Of course, no sooner have we pictured the trophy being lifted than it inevitably all goes wrong and we crash out in embarrassment. But, enough about the world cup, it was Eurovision on Saturday, and this is one competition where the UK are HOT FAVOURITES. Eurovision odds: Cyprus 2/1, Israel 6/1, UK, 300/1. We're miles ahead

The first thing to be aware of is that Australia were, once again, back in the competition. If you’re raising an eyebrow or a 'tiny, hairy, forehead boomerang' as they call them, fear not - this map should clear everything up.

A map of Europe, with Australia in it's rightful place - West of Spain

 

You might think that us tweeting along with the shenanigans was just a not-so-subtle hint that we want to be on the next series of Gogglebox, but it was in fact a very clever marketing strategy.

Eurovision drinking game: Buy a Smoothie, Drink it. That's the marketing out the way nice and early

 

Ukraine got the night started. We’ve always had a soft spot for them, because their name combines our country with our weather.

The Ukrainian entry looked like Dracula on a sunbed

 

It was a sell out crowd – the Lithuanian entry couldn’t even find a seat.

Lithuania's entry, sat on the floor

 

Eurovisions of the past have traditionally been drab, grey affairs. Stiff upper lip and all that. Thankfully, Estonia didn’t get the memo.

Estonia's entry was 95% an advert for the dress projection industry

 

It reminded us of something, we just couldn’t quite put our finger on it.

It looked an awful lot like Frozen. Let it go, let it goooo

 

Norway’s entry provided a good excuse for us to crack out the Scandinavia puns.

This song is great but there's Norway of knowing if it's good enough to win

We’re Finnished now.

The UK’s entry, SuRie, was disrupted by a stage invader snatching the microphone out of her hand. SuRie handled it brilliantly though, and still belted out the final chorus. As she left the stage to thunderous applause, we were overcome with a strange, new feeling, that we’ve never experienced when watching the UK entry before. Was it? No, it couldn’t be, could it? IT WAS. It was pride.

SuRie? SuPer.

 

Another Brit to give a good account of himself was everyone’s favourite Glaswegian.

Serbia's recorder player looked just like Billy Connolly

 

If there was one person from the night who we want to become a household name, then it was the Albanian entry.

Eugent Bushpepa of Albania

 

It was a very educational night. Not only did we learn Australia was in Southern Europe, we also found out that Jared Leto was Danish.

Denmark's entry looked like Jared Leto. They also looked like Game of Thrones Wildlings singing a Disney song.

 

Along came Australia, and not a didgeridoo in sight.

The Australian entry, upside down. Because Australia.

 

It was about 10pm by this point, so goodness only knows what time it was in Australia.

We don't know how these time zone things work, but we hope you Australian's are having a terrific Wednesday.

 

We were bowled over by Moldova

The Moldovan entry had legs. Everywhere.

 

Israel’s entry was just your bog standard, run-of-the-mill, nothing-to-see-here, fusion of chicken noises, waving cats and Pokemon references.

Israel's lyric: I'm taking my pikachu home

 

With songwriting like this, it was no surprise to anyone when they went home with the prize.

Israel's lyric: Bukka bukka boon bukka bukka lie

 

What a night. It really did have it all, from Ukrainian piano-bed-coffins to Moldovan vertical walking. Now, there's just one thing left to do - take our Pikachu home.

You were the best as always, Eurovision. See you next year.