Any excuse for a dress-up!!
Christmas Jumper Day was launched by Save the Children charity, as an initiative to encourage donations for much-needed funds. It has so far raised £12 million since its beginnings in 2012.
For most, (including the bunch at Rambutan) it’s a chance for a bit of fun in the office, at school or wherever. Some take the dressing-up opportunities to a whole new level with competitions on the funniest, most unusual, or just plain ridiculous designs! This year however, following research by Hubbub, the emphasis is on recycling, swapping or making your own fundraising sweater rather than buying new.
Environmental charity Hubbub has shown that most new sweaters contain plastic. Its analysis of 108 garments on sale this year from 11 high street and online retailers – including Primark, George at Asda and Topshop/Topman – found that 95% of the jumpers were made wholly or partly of plastic materials. The charity said the garment had become one of the worst examples of fast fashion and was now recognised as hugely damaging to the environment.
Here at Rambutan, we’ll be wearing our daft jumpers this Friday, but they’ll have been dug up from the recesses of our wardrobes from last year! While Save the Children’s amazing charity day is a fabulous opportunity to get involved and raise loads of money for children in need worldwide, let’s make this one an environmentally friendly one, and have fun with it!
And always remember, a Christmas Jumper is for life, not just for Christmas!