Welcome to the innocent webnews // 13th January 2017 // issue #196
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super smoothies

laugh in the face of winter
January isn't easy. It's cold. It rains. It's dark for nineteen hours a day, and you have to find at least fifteen slightly more interesting ways of telling colleagues that your Christmas and New Year were "good, thanks". Despite January's downsides, it is a good time to make a few promises to yourself. Like moving about a bit more. Or reading those books you've been meaning to read. Maybe even learning how to pronounce 'quinoa' and drinking a smoothie boosted with veg, seeds and vitamins after watching a new ad on the telly. Before you know it there'll be a huge chocolate egg in your hands and you'll wonder where winter went, so you might as well make the most of it.

less waste in the world
Like most people, we don't like to waste stuff. To help deliver any leftover juice and smoothies to people who really need them, we started working with a charity called FareShare back in 1999. FareShare save good food and drink destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into meals for vulnerable people across the UK. We’re chuffed to say that we’ve just a hit a milestone with FareShare and have now provided over a million portions of fruit to people who need it.

Action Against Hunger
keep fighting hunger
16 millon children worldwide suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. Only one in ten get the treatment they desperately need. The innocent foundation and Action Against Hunger are working together to change the way children are diagnosed and treated so that health workers can reach them, no matter where they live. Namusa's son Samakoun was recently treated for severe acute malnutrition by Kindiaba, their local health worker. Namusa says the project changed their lives: "Children in the village no longer die from disease. They recover when they're ill. I'm less worried for my children now." We can only help children like Samakoun because you guys buy the stuff we make. Thank you.

Oliver's pirate ship
drinker of the week
Ever at a loose end after a long day of pillaging and shivering your timbers? Ahoy? Then we've got the arts and crafts project for you. Over Christmas, Derek and his 6-year-old son Oliver decided to use one of our empty juice bottles to make a Lego pirate ship in a bottle. Although we offered them a significant bounty to tell us how they did it, all they would say is that it involved a sharp knife and a glue gun. Savvy.

our Helen
inside fruit towers

Most people make a couple of New Year's resolutions, stick to them religiously for 4 days, then completely forget they exist. Not Helen, though. She's made 23 resolutions this year, including:

1. Go to Iceland (the country, not the shop)

5. Be less afraid of conflict

11. Get a full-size fridge freezer

19. Waste less time on my phone (please note that she was reading this list from her phone)

You have to admire her ambition. Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to create a conflict about a full-size fridge freezer.

and finally
cat midwife   green in the desert   January humans

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