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North Elmham woman wears her waste for a fortnight

PUBLISHED: 16:27 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:27 27 August 2014

Kate Heath is raising awareness of waste and recycling by wearing all the non-oganic rubbish for the next 14 days she generates. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Kate Heath is raising awareness of waste and recycling by wearing all the non-oganic rubbish for the next 14 days she generates. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A charity campaigner has decided to take an unusual approach to reducing the amount of rubbish she throws away – by wearing her waste.

After returning from the Democratic Republic of Congo, aid worker Kate Heath, of Eastgate Street, North Elmham, noticed that while she was living on the move she ended up throwing away a lot of packaging.

She decided to help highlight the issue, and to raise funds for charity, she would wear all her non-organic rubbish for a fortnight.

Mrs Heath, 33, is planning to head out on a trip to Bolivia with voluntary organisation International Citizen Service (ICS) and is aiming to raise £800 to help it to reach more people. She said: “I was amazed by just how much rubbish I was generating, especially for someone who is quite environmentally aware.

“It is certainly a good conversation starter and has made me the centre of attention.”

From plastic bags to tin cans, wrappers and photographs everything that cannot biodegrade will become part of her dress.

Mrs Heath, a former Northgate High School pupil, said: “It does make you think about things and other uses you can make of them.

“It has definitely got to the point where I want to keep as much stuff off it as I can.”

Everything is thoroughly washed before becoming part of the unique outfit and Mrs Heath takes it off for exercise and cooking especially smelly food.

She said: “I suppose if I am being a walking landfill I shouldn’t exercise but I would rather not give up an active lifestyle.

“Since I am doing it for a citizenship charity I don’t think it would be good citizenship if it smelt too 
bad.”

The idea has led to Mrs Heath writing to supermarkets to point out how difficult it can be to buy products without packaging.

While in Bolivia Mrs Heath will be working to help indigenous people in the area around La Paz.

To sponsor Mrs Heath visit www.justgiving.com/kate-heath2014.

Are you doing something unusual for charity? Contact report Doug Faulkner by writing to doug.faulkner@archant.co.uk.

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