Message on a Bottle Competition 

Written by Tom Rowley

Send a message on a bottle to save our oceans 

We’re running a kids’ competition for 7 to 11-year-olds to design the front of our new glass bottles. And we want your kids to send a message to parents and policymakers about the plastic waste that’s destroying our oceans. We also want to help ease kids’ environmental fears by offering positive ways to make a difference. So, we’re running a series of KS2 lesson plans for primary school teachers to help children cope with eco-anxiety. Keep scrolling to enter below!

👉 What is eco-anxiety? 

👉 KS2 lesson plans

Unleash your kids’ creativity 
We hope children aged 7 to 11 will enjoy getting involved and expressing themselves through art. And we’ll display everyone’s artwork on our online gallery (Tony Hart style). 

Competition starter pack 
You can download our competition starter pack below, which features a colouring-in pack (for inspiration) and a glass bottle design template with the correct dimensions for your child’s artwork. 

Entering the competition 

The competition will run from 8th June 09:30am (World Oceans Day) to 8th July 17:00pm. Please upload your entries below, fill out your children’s details (name, age, etc.) in our online form, and allow 48 hours for us to approve and upload the artwork. Remember to read and tick the permissions, which allow us to feature their artwork online, as well as the winning bottle itself (if they win).

Calling all teachers! You can upload up to five entries at a time for your pupils (with parents’ permission), or let your kids upload them at home with their parents. Either way, they can take their drawings home and pin them proudly to the fridge.

Upload your child’s artwork:


For full Terms and Conditions, please click here 👉 Message on a Bottle Terms and Conditions

Picking a winner 

We’ll feature some of the artwork on social media, but the competition and public voting will take place in our online gallery. Our expert panel will then pick a winner from the voted shortlisted entries and create the finished design, ready for print on our returnable glass bottles.


We will deliver the finished printed bottle in person to the lucky winner. And the winning design will feature across returnable glass bottles nationwide.  

Good luck. And let the drawing commence! 

Please remember: Keep hold of your artwork and pin it to the fridge, just in case there’s a problem uploading your image. Who knows, you might get a few quid for it at Sotheby’s one day. 

Look how much plastic we've saved!


Plastic bottles saved and counting


Wheelie bins of plastic saved from landfill

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