Are you taking part in this year’s Christmas Jumper Day?

Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day is coming on Friday 13 December. It is a fundraising campaign organised each year where people are encouraged to wear their Christmas jumper.

Launched by Save The Children in 2012, Christmas Jumper Day always falls on a Friday a week or two before Christmas Day.

Swap, Recycle or Upcycle?

Save the Children are urging people taking part in its charity event to source sweaters through clothes swaps and vintage shops after research found that 95% of the novelty items for sale contained plastic.

The appeal for consumer “sustainability” follows research by the environmental charity Hubbub that estimates approximately 12 million jumpers will be bought this year, causing huge amounts of plastic waste.

“As we have become more aware of the impact that fast fashion is having on the environment, we have been working hard to make sure that people can still take part in this annual event, without exacerbating the enormous climate problems we now face and which, we are aware, is one of the biggest threats to children around the world,” said the charity’s Executive Director of Marketing and Fundraising, Gemma Sherrington.

“Therefore, we are trying harder than ever before for Christmas jumper day 2019 to be the most sustainable day yet. We are encouraging people to reuse old jumpers, buy jumpers from charity shops, hold jumper swaps and create their own – and if people really do need to buy a new jumper, we would encourage them to invest in one that they will wear for years to come.”

How to take part

You can wear a Christmas jumper you already own, decorate an existing jumper with festive decorations, or even knit yourself a new one.

You can sign up for a free fundraising pack at https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

Then donate. The minimum donation is only £2 (or £1 if you’re at school), and you’ll be helping to “make the world the best place on Earth for children.”