Christmas jumper day (Friday 13 December) is a brilliant day. It’s raising important funds for the charity, Save the Children, as people rock up to work and school rocking a Christmas Jumper. What better reason to go out and shop for something new to wear?
Sadly, our love of novelty Christmas jumpers is helping to fuel the world’s plastic pollution crisis.
A new report has revealed that 12 million jumpers will be purchased this year, despite 65 million already sat in our wardrobes. It will also trigger huge amounts of plastic waste. Their analysis of 108 garments on sale this year across high streets, found that 95% of the jumpers were made wholly or partly of plastic materials, putting the Christmas Jumper as one of the world’s worst examples of fast fashion.
We don’t want you to miss out on the fun of a festive fleece. We think it’s a great way to bring people together to raise funds for inspiring work and spreading some Christmas joy. You can have your fleece AND be kind to the planet.
Here are some eco-festive sweater top tips:
✔️ Refresh your memory on what is in your wardrobe before you buy anything new.
✔️ Take part in a Christmas clothes swap.
✔️ Scroll through your local selling site.
✔️ Bid on a jumper into a new home via eBay.
✔️ Rummage through your local charity shop.
✔️ Swap with family members, friends or colleagues to wear something new without the cost.
✔️ Keep hold of children’s Christmas wear for their younger siblings to use.
✔️ Upcycling old Christmas jumpers into new creations like stockings or reusable wrapping bags.
✔️ Craft with the kids. Reuse items of old clothing by crafting pom poms and cutting out felt to glue onto existing white, red and green garments.