Jane shares a few tips on how to enjoy a more sustainable Chirstmas Jumper Day
As much as I'm anticipating the fun and festivities of Christmas Jumper Day and the support it raises for Save the Children, I was bothered about the one-day-a-year wearing of a jumper made by the hands of who-knows-who and which may sit in landfill for who-knows-how-long. I contacted LoveYourClothes for some advice, so thought I'd share it ...
Obtaining your Christmas Jumper
- Check out local charity shops for pre-loved Christmas jumpers, rather than buying new.
(Apparently extending the life of clothing by just three months would lead to a 5-10% reduction in their carbon, water and waste footprints.)
- Check out Oxfam's online shop
- Wear one you already own and get blinging it up with tinsel, baubles and battery powered LED lights. Check out these blogposts for creative ideas: Take a jumper you already own and jazz it up for Christmas! and How to make a DIY Christmas jumper – no sewing required.
After Christmas Jumper Day
It’s also important to dispose of the jumper in the best way once you’re finished with it – every year, 350,000 tonnes of clothing needlessly goes to landfill when it can be reused or recycled.
- Wear it for the whole of January (unlikely), or once a year for the next 30 years (also highly unlikely) #30Wears
- Take to charity shop for someone to wear next year
- Take heed of the other advice from LoveYourClothes on what to do with your pre-loved clothing
Just little something to think about this year!