Sav­ing our world – and all that jazz

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MOST house­hold­ers com­plain if their bin is emp­tied once a fort­night, but Cate Cody, a 44-year-old mother, has no such wor­ries.

She is so eco-friendly she puts her bins out once ev­ery two months, aim­ing for once ev­ery two years. She tries to buy ev­ery­thing with­out pack­ag­ing and grows her own fruit and veg­eta­bles.

She even makes tooth­paste and de­odor­ant out of bi­car­bon­ate of soda and or­ganic oils be­cause she hates be­ing left with tubes and bot­tles to throw away.

If she buys eggs or jam, she do­nates the boxes and jars to friends for reuse and wraps Christ­mas presents with scarves rather than pa­per.

What goes into in her house­hold waste bin is milk bot­tle seals and the oc­ca­sional bit of plas­tic pack­ag­ing from food, usu­ally brought over by friends.

Jazz singer Cody, a for­mer Green Party can­di­date for Tewkes­bury, Glouces­ter­shire, where she lives, said she has cared about the en­vi­ron­ment since child­hood.

“Even when I was a kid I couldn’t bear to lit­ter. I thought it was a weird thing to do,” she said.

She and her part­ner, dou­ble bassist John Day, 55, do put their re­cy­cling out, but only once ev­ery eight weeks.

“In­stead of buy­ing food, we’ve got ap­ple and pear trees in the gar­den and we grow rasp­ber­ries, goose­ber­ries, black­cur­rants, hazel­nuts, to­ma­toes and beans.” “I’ll take Tup­per­ware to the butch­ers and fish­mon­gers and they put that on the scales and fill it up. I haven’t used plas­tic bags for nearly 10 years. We bor­row things from friends or go to boot sales or sec­ond-hand shops. Ob­vi­ously not un­der­wear, but other clothes I will buy in char­ity shops.”The main thing is not buy­ing things that we don’t need. There is nearly al­ways an al­ter­na­tive.”

Cody boy­cotts firms she deems un­eth­i­cal and has given up cof­fee be­cause the process of grow­ing and mak­ing it uses a lot of wa­ter. She doesn’t eat beef be­cause of the im­pact its pro­duc­tion has on global warm­ing.

She has a car for long jour­neys but gets around by bi­cy­cle.

“I’m as­ton­ished at how much waste peo­ple cre­ate. If ev­ery­one did what I was do­ing, it would have a mas­sive im­pact.” – Daily Mail

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