To mark its 20th birthday in the UK, Yakult has launched an ‘Every Day Inspiration Challenge’ to encourage you to apply your creative talents, get crafting and find new and inventive uses for the iconic little Yakult bottles.
Yakult was founded by the scientist Dr Shirota, who in the 1930s selected and cultivated the unique Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain of bacteria. Today, every bottle of Yakult contains at least 6.5 billion of these Lactobacillus casei Shirota bacteria, scientifically proven to reach the gut alive.
Every day, more than 30 million bottles of Yakult are consumed in 33 countries around the world; Yakult is gluten free, fat free and suitable for vegetarians.
But what to do with all those bottles? Whether it’s creating Star Wars figurines, decorative items for the home, a mini skittles game or even placing the upturned bottles on the top of plant canes to act as eye-protectors, every year scores of Yakult drinkers come up with quirky ideas of how to productively use the little bottles once they’re empty.
The competition will be judged by celebrity gardener David Domoney and editor of Yours magazine Sharon Reid, and the winner of the ‘Every Day Inspiration Challenge’ will receive £500 worth of Hobbycraft vouchers, so they can get inspired for many days to come. Two runners-up receive £250 of vouchers each.
To enter, simply visit the web page www.yakult.co.uk/everyday and fill out the entry form – you’ll need an image of your creation to upload. Or send your creations by post to Yakult UK Ltd, Anteros, Odyssey Business Park, West End Road, South Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 6QQ. The competition closes on 13th March 2016; terms and conditions apply*.
How to… turn your empty Yakult bottles into a fun game of skittles.
With more than 30 million bottles of Yakult consumed every day around the world, how can you make the most out of your little bottle once you’ve finished drinking it?
From creating decorative fairy lights for your home, to making a mini-skittles game, your empty Yakult bottle can be transformed into pretty much anything, with a pinch of creativity and imagination!
So – store those little bottles this week and see what amazing creative use for them your brain can come up with. Head over www.yakult.co.uk/everyday, share your creation and see if you’ve got what it takes to win one of those fabulous prizes!
Here’s how to make your very own mini-skittles game using empty Yakult bottles:
What You Need:
- Ten empty Yakult bottles
- Play sand or other weighty material
- Kitchen funnel (or make one with a cone of paper)
- PVA glue
- Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
- One ball
What You Do…
- Rinse out ten empty Yakult bottles.
- Using the top of the Yakult bottle as an outline, draw around it onto a piece of cardboard in order to produce ten bottle lids. Cut out the circular lids using a pair of scissors.
- Using your funnel, fill each Yakult bottle about one third full of sand, or other weighty material.
- Next, secure your cardboard lids onto the top of each Yakult bottle using PVA glue and leave to dry.
- Once dry, paint your skittles, adding numbers if you wish to allow the possibility of a scoring game.
- Now line them up, grab your ball and have fun!
Competition terms and conditions: 1. Offer open to all UK and Ireland residents excluding employees of Yakult UK and Ireland; 2. The promoter reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time and without notice; 3. Prizes are non-transferable, non-negotiable and no cash alternatives will be offered; 4. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into; 5. There are three prizes available via the website form or email / postal entry: £500 worth of Hobbycraft vouchers for the winner, and £250 worth of Hobbycraft vouchers each for two runners-up; 6. The prize value includes shipping costs; 7. Republic of Ireland entrants will need to order their prize via Yakult and this will be shipped to them; 8. The closing date for receipt of entries is 13th March 2016; 9. The winners will be drawn and notified by 22nd March 2016; 10. By entering, entrants agree that they are willing to participate in publicity and that Yakult UK Limited shall be entitled to use entrants’ names, photographs, ages and regional locations (though not full addresses) in publicity throughout all media, in perpetuity and free of charge; 11. By entering, competitors agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. Promoter: Yakult UK Ltd., Anteros, Odyssey Business Park, West End Road, South Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 6QQ.