Upcycle a jumper for Christmas to save money and the environment

12 jumpers of Christmas competition

Many people can’t be without a Christmas jumper this festive season (nearly one in four according to recent research) but buying one for just one or two uses over a couple of weeks in December doesn’t seem to be very cost-effective or environmentally friendly.

Love Your Clothes is challenging Xmas woolly knit lovers to take an old jumper and upcycle it instead.

Not only can this be a fantastic craft activity to do with the kids, but it could save money, be more eco-friendly, and be far more custom-made for you.

To encourage us all, the Love Your Clothes organisation has launched the 12 Jumpers of Christmas competition. The website includes a number of ideas for festive jumpers, together with full instructions for how to make it.

The winning jumper will win a Janome sewing machine, with subscriptions to Simply Sewing and Reloved magazines up for grabs for runners up.

For the less craft-inclined, the organisation suggests buying a pre-loved Christmas jumper or swapping current jumpers with family and friends.

The clothing industry has the 5th-biggest environmental footprint of any UK industry sector, so thinking about this kind of change, even once a year, can make a difference.

Sarah Clayton, head of clothing at WRAP, said, “We know that the average lifetime of clothes is just over two years. Entering the 12 Jumpers competition is a great way for people to extend the lifetime of their old jumpers and make a jumper last for life not just for Christmas!”

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