Thoughts from December 2011

the results are in...

People of the United Kingdom, you have excelled yourselves.

At the start of November, we launched our little hat tag game to help raise some more money for Age UK as part of our Big Knit campaign. We've been in stitches at some of the entries, and generally overwhelmed by how much everyone has got behind it.

For every picture uploaded, we gave 10p to Age UK, and for every vote, 5p. The money that has been raised through this, combined with the funds raised through all the hats sold in store on our bottles (we gave 25p per bottle sold to Age UK) has raised an amazing £200,000 this year. Thank you so much to all of you who bought a hatted bottle sold, took a hat tag picture, voted, and made us laugh. You've helped make winter warmer for older people across the UK.

A few of our absolute favourites....

We've had Boris (thanks Jen)

Boris (Jen)
Pyramids from Melanie

Pyramids (Melanie)

And a lovely clown from Susi

Clown (Susi)

But the three winners of this year's competition, who will each win the gift of dazzling Christmas shopping as we award their masterpieces £500 in Amazon vouchers, are:

David with his cow:


Leanne's cat

And Cathey's screaming masterpiece

Well done to the 3 winners and thank you to you all for getting so into it. Whilst the competition has now closed, you can still upload your images to our special gallery for another week, and help raise a few more pennies for Age UK.

awesome Friday #2

The surfing kickflip*

*The kickflip is a skateboarding trick where the rider flips the board over in the air before landing.

fruit by numbers

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Taste not waste (our little project to do good with unwanted fruit) is coming to the end of its trial run at East Sheen Primary School, so we thought it was worth a look down memory lane at how it's all gone. In the 10 or so weeks it's been running we've seen:

1 founder on a Blendavenda

Team Photo

1 MP Zac Goldsmith on a Blendavenda

Innocent 16

Quite a lot of cheering (or jeering?)


300 children on the Blendavenda (those that could reach the pedals, and not all at once)


450 happy smoothie-filled kids



1 visit to the Houses of Parliament

111108 Jojo at houses of parliament

And over 1500 portions of fruit saved

Waste-o-meter target reached

To celebrate reaching our target of 1500 portions of fruit and being well on our way to 2000, we've got ten blenders to give away to ten lucky schools. We'd love it if we could kick start a mini waste revolution, so we've put together this handy guide to help others do good with unwanted fruit. To be in with a chance of winning one of our blenders for your school click here, and please get your entries in by Friday 16th December.