Dressing sustainably on Christmas Jumper Day

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


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!

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#WhoMadeYourClothes? - more info from Jane's presentation

Thanks to those who came to the presentation that I did last week. If you have any questions, thoughts or want to find out more, please feel free to talk to me about it.
— Jane

Here are a few links and resources you might find interesting:

Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime, this is the Movie trailer I showed in the presentation, which highlights some of the issues that I raised.


Other links:

The Ethical Fashion Forum
The Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) is a not for profit network focusing upon social and environmental sustainability in the fashion industry.

Fashion Revolution
On 24th April each year, Fashion Revolution will bring everyone in the fashion value chain together and help to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future.

Ethical Consumer
Tips on ethical buying, consumer reports on a wide range of goods, information on UK and worldwide boycotts.

Love your clothes
Loving your clothes starts with smarter buying: choosing clothes that are better ... it comes to keeping your clothes looking great, and they'll save you cash too.

Study34 Blog
Study 34 is a UK fashion blog focusing on responsible fashion brands and the issues surrounding the industry in becoming more sustainable and ethical.

Oppi Design  | Oppi Design Instagram
Beautiful babywear, intricately handmade from ethically sourced fabric. Every item sold supports family-based childcare in Mozambique.