A Christmas jumper is for life
Christmas jumpers have joined mince pies, ice skating and Noddy Holder in becoming an integral part of the festive season. Sadly, they are also adding to the shocking environmental damage Christmas does too.
In the UK we spend about £220 million on Christmas jumpers but according to the environmental charity Hubbub, a quarter of them end up in the bin or will never be worn again.
A survey they conducted in 2017 of 3,000 UK shoppers found more than a third of people admitted to only wearing their jumper once during the festive period, so many of those being thrown away are as good as new.
Similar research the charity released in 2019 found 1 in 3 under 35s buy a new Christmas jumper every year and 2 out of 5 jumpers are only worn once over the festive period. It also found a staggering 65million Christmas jumpers are already stashed away in wardrobes from previous years.
That's snow joke (sorry!) when you consider the fact that in the UK we are putting about 300,000 tonnes of clothing in the bin every year and that in 2018 the clothing industry's throwaway culture generated 2.1billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
You can help tackle this growing, but overlooked environmental crisis, by doing one of the following:
Wear it again
A quarter of people in the Hubbub survey said they did not want to be seen wearing the same Christmas jumper from last year, but the chances are no one will remember what you wore last Christmas anyway. Dig it out and give it another wear.
Make your own
Perhaps you were thinking of joining in with the Christmas jumper craze this year for the first time. Well before you hit the shops, consider hunting out an old jumper and turning it into your very own festive creation.
You don't have to buy new to get a new look. Ask friends and family if they fancy exchanging jumpers or put an appeal out on social media.
How to reuse or recycle clothing and textiles
Clothing and textiles cannot go in your green bin.
Please take any good quality used clothing to a charity shop.
You can also pass good quality used clothing on to friends or family or sell/give them away.
As well as Facebook and ebay, here are some other websites you can use:
You can also recycle clothing in a textile recycling bank. Find your nearest textile recycling bank.
All of Worcestershire's Household Recycling Centres have textile recycling banks that will recycle good quality clothing. But even if it isn't in good condition, merchants will turn unwearable items into wipe (industrial rags) so long as it is clean and dry.
You can put some textiles out for recycling in a plastic bag on top of your black bin and our crews will take them for recycling.