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Jodie Kidd becomes ‘walking cesspit’ and says fast-fashion should be banned

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Jodie Kidd joins the likes of Kerry Katona and John Barnes as they attempt to live sustainably for a new Channel 4 show – a move which sees the model get runway ready with garbage

Jodie Kidd is one of the stars of new Channel 4 series, Celebrity Trash Monsters: What’s Your Waste Size?

She’s worn some wacky outfits during her career as a catwalk model but Jodie Kidd admits she’s wasn’t prepared for becoming a “walking cesspit” for her latest job.

In one of the most bizarre ideas to hit our screens, the former fashion queen swapped her designer gear for a suit made of her own rubbish in a TV show to help raise awareness about climate change.

The one off Channel 4 show called, Celebrity Trash Monsters: What’s Your Waste Size? sees her join football legend John Barnes and reality TV star Kerry Katona as they’re given a crash course in living sustainably to help protect the planet and were forced to wear a specially made ‘trash suit’ of bags filled with their own household rubbish.



Model Jodie Kidd joked that she had worn worse ensembles on the catwalk
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The star walking the catwalk in a Mathew Williamson creation back in 2000
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“When I first saw it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve certainly worn worse things down the catwalk’,” laughs Jodie, who now runs a pub in West Sussex.

“I have worn some outrageously ridiculous stuff especially when we start talking about Japanese designers and things like that. Really, really bonkers.

“But it’s actually the rubbish within it that made it so bad. The stench of it was just horrific. You’re literally wearing your trash and trying to get on with your everyday. I became a walking cesspit, it was really full-on.”



Jodie was ‘mortified’ when her wasteful ways were revealed on the show
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Jodie, John and Kerry were taken to a countryside location where the show’s host, comic Jon Richardson, had laid out a week’s worth of their household rubbish that had been collected from their bins. And 42-year-old Jodie admits she was mortified seeing the scale of what her family throws out every week.

“I was shocked,” she confesses. “Every week, 52 weeks of the year and all of that is going into landfill and polluting our beautiful planet, what are we doing?

“We only have one planet and it’s already screaming at us, saying, ‘Stop’. And I’m not helping at all. I thought I was being good, but I’m not. It was totally embarrassing seeing all my rubbish laid out like that, mortifying but a wakeup call to say the least.”



Former footballer John Barnes is another famous face who takes on the challenge
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Like many Brits Jodie thought she was doing her bit by making sure she recycles as much as she can and taking her bags to the supermarket to do her weekly shop.

But taking part in the show has opened her eyes to the extent of the problem and made her realise everyone has to step up before it’s too late.

“You see mass wildfires, you’ve watched David Attenborough documentaries, you suddenly go, ‘Wow, this is really, really happening. And it’s happening really, really quickly’.

“We’re already seeing it in our lifetime and I’ve got a little 10-year-old. What he’s going to see in his lifetime doesn’t bear thinking about.

“If it takes me to dress up as a garbage bin to create some interest in it or highlight it for us to learn, then that’s what I’ll do.

“We’ve got to see what’s going on around us and see that the world is on fire. We’re really at the very, very serious point of no return. We really have to change and we have to change now.”

If she’s going to put her money where her mouth is, it means Jodie, who is a meat eating car fanatic is going to have to change her ways.

And she says her family – son Indie, ten, partner Joseph Bates and her 91-year-old lodger, Rachel – have cut down on their meat consumption and are being rigorous when it comes to recycling in order to reduce their weekly rubbish pile.



The model is making changes in her life following her stint on the Channel 4 show
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“I love my cars, I’ve got a huge car show. I rate cars, I love classic cars,” she adds. “This has been part of my life for such a long time, I obviously know that they are massive polluters so do I need to really stop doing this? And my thinking is, ‘Well, can I offset it?’

“So I’m much more conscious about not having meat all the time, being really, really rigorous with recycling, if we were doing all of these other things, would that kind of make a balance that would make it all right?

“That’s why I went into the show with all these questions, which you see get answered throughout the show.”

But individual action is not enough. One of the biggest industries coming under criticism for their climate-crushing practices is fast fashion, something Jodie believes should be banned.



Car-lover Jodie has pledged to change her ways since appearing on the show
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“I think it’s got to stop. It really has. The dyes that they use, the processes that they use, I’ve always, always been adamant that even though it’s slightly more expensive, get something that’s got quality that you can see, which might be made in the UK and is much more kind of on top of the dying processes.

“That is better than fast fashion. So things that you might spend a little bit more on, but will last you for half a lifetime.

“And then to recycle clothes more, there are these wonderful apps at the moment where you can sell your outfits, bags or shoes or whatever. You can kind of swap and change, which is really important.

“We’re all going to have to stop ourselves getting that one dress for one event or one holiday. We really need to think about these things more.”

She adds: “But also the big changes need to come from the supermarket chains, the big corporations and meat companies.

“Everyone needs to play their part if we want to make real change.”

Celebrity Trash Monsters: What’s Your Waste Size? airs on Sunday 17th October at 9pm on Channel 4.


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