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The Best Ethical Christmas Jumpers This Festive Season

I’ve rounded up the best ethical Christmas jumpers and sweaters this festive season, so you can keep warm in festive sartorial style.

How do you feel about Christmas jumpers? Love them? Hate them? By the fact that you’ve landed on this article, I’m guessing it’s the former, rather than the latter.

For those of us of a certain age, Christmas jumpers were very much not a thing. That was until Mark Darcy, the love interest in the 2001 movie Bridget Jone’s Diary, donned a garish Christmas jumper. Suddenly people started wearing Christmas jumpers, unironically. And then in 2012, the Danish thriller, The Killing, really popularised the Christmas jumper. Some twenty years later since first being seen on screen, it seems Christmas jumpers are here to stay.

If that wasn’t enough to put Christmas jumpers on the map, then Save The Children also host an annual Christmas Jumper Day. This is a fun annual event, where people wear their best (re: most ostentatious) Christmas jumpers to work or to school and donate money to Save the Children.

Since it was launched in 2012, the event has raised millions of pounds for children in the UK, and across the world, who live in poverty. This year it’s on Friday 10th December, should you be looking to don your best festive garb.

Why Do We Need Ethical Christmas Jumpers?

Christmas Jumper Day is undoubtedly a really great way to raise money for charity. However, like many forces for good, the event has been hi-jacked by the fast fashion industry.

The Christmas jumper craze started ethically with people raiding their granny’s wardrobe, or rummaging in charity shops and vintage shops. However, fast-fashion retailers quickly got in on the act. Now every supermarket and fast-fashion retailer sells Christmas jumpers in the run-up to Christmas, often at bargain prices.

This low cost comes at a high environmental price. According to research by environmental charity Hubbub, one in four Christmas jumpers bought are thrown away or are unlikely to be worn more than once. In fact, one in three under-35s buys a new Christmas jumper every year.  When asked why, 24% say they do not want to be seen in the same jumper as previous years. Meanwhile, 29% say they are so cheap that they might as well get a new one every year.

Guide to Ethical Christmas Jumpers

Image of a folded red and white Christmas jumper with a blue text box that says where to buy the most ethical Christmas jumpers and sweaters

With the impacts of fast fashion so devastating to both people and the planet, it makes good sense to minimise our impact where we can.

I am all about spreading festive cheer, and raising money for charity. So, rather than go without a Christmas jumper, here are some ideas of where to buy more ethical Christmas jumpers.

Please note, in order to help support the running costs of Moral Fibres, this post contains affiliate links, denoted by *. Moral Fibres may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to readers, on items that have been purchased through those links. This income helps keep this site running.

Beyond Retro

Person against a red wall wearing a black Christmas jumper, featuring a gingerbread house

Beyond Retro* have an amazing selection of vintage Christmas jumpers and cardigans for both men and women. I’m talking amazing. From knitted Christmas vests to 80s winter scene sweatshirts, to Nordic jumpers, right through to jolly festive cardigans, it’s all right here, in sizes XS to XXL.

With prices coming in at under £20 on all Christmas jumpers, then you can pick up an ethical bargain comparable in price to the fast fashion retailers, without the environmental or social impact. 

Use the exclusive code MORALFIBRES at the checkout to receive 15% off your order at Beyond Retro.

eBay

eBay* is great for shopping for secondhand Christmas jumpers, on the proviso that in the filter you select jumpers that are in a used condition. You can find that option under the heading that says condition. If you don’t select that option, you will be flooded with brand new jumpers made cheaply under who knows what working conditions.

Etsy’s Ethical Christmas Jumpers

If you are specifically looking for vintage Christmas jumpers, then Etsy has a good selection. The best I have found is the Christmas jumper selection at a secondhand boutique called Marmalade Vintage*, based in Manchester. However, there are some real gems to be uncovered on Etsy if you are prepared to search.

Oxfam Online

Charity retailer Oxfam Online* is worth checking periodically for ethical secondhand Christmas jumpers. Owning to the nature of being donation dependant, their stock levels do vary. However, if you are persistent you can unearth some real festive sartorial finds.

Rokit

Vintage retailer Rokit* has a small selection of ethical pre-loved Christmas jumpers, all below £25. Most of it is at the more modern end of what I would consider vintage, but there are some gems in there.

The Spark Company

Person wearing The Spark Company's sleigh the patriarchy jumper.

The Spark Company* is a female-founded and female-run feminist ethical retailer. Here all of their products are manufactured in a WRAP Gold certified facility. This means that their products have been independently verified to be sweatshop-free, and there is no child labour involved.

What’s more, with every purchase, they donate sanitary supplies to shelters and drop-in centres for those who can’t afford to buy these essentials.

Each year The Spark Company produces a limited run of their ethically made feminist Christmas jumpers*, in sizes 6 – 20.

Other Ethical Christmas Jumper Tips

Of course, buying a new Christmas jumper should be your last resort. Here are some ideas for making your festive wardrobe more ethical and sustainable.

Keep It For Next Year (And The Year After That)

One of the most sustainable things we can do is to keep wearing the items we already have, and to look after them. So wear your jumper as many times as you can over the festive period, and then wash and dry it according to the care labels. Make any repairs to your jumper as you need to, and store it carefully for wear again next year.

Swap With a Friend

If you can’t bear to wear the same item twice, or if you have changed size, then why not organise a Christmas jumper swap with your friends? It’s a fun and sociable way to get a new-to-you item without buying anything new.

Buy Something You Can Wear All Year Round

Many Christmas jumper critics decree the ethics of buying a jumper that you only were once or twice a year. If you feel the same, then why not buy something like a Fair Isle or Nordic style patterned jumper? These types of jumpers are festive enough to wear over Christmas dinner. However, no one would question you if you were still wearing them come February! Try my guide to ethical jumpers to see if you can find something that fits the Christmas jumper bill, or try this Fairisle beauty from Thought Clothing* that’s made from all-natural fibres.

Upcycle It

If your best Christmas jumper is on its last legs, don’t bin it. Instead, you can get creative and upcycle it. Firstly, here’s how you can make a cute Christmas-themed cushion from your old jumper. And if your jumper is too far gone, you can try this eco-friendly gift wrap idea using parts of your jumper.

How to Make Your Own Ethical Christmas Jumper

Another way to spread ethical cheer is to make your own Christmas jumper. Simply take a jumper you already own and add some temporary festive embellishments. From festive brooches to pinning on festive decorations, it’s really easy to add a seasonal twist to your existing wardrobe.

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Get An Eco Christmas All Wrapped Up With &Keep | AD

This post on having an eco Christmas is paid-for content, in association with &Keep, the plastic-free, ethical and sustainable e-retailer. This post also contains affiliate links.

This year, get your eco Christmas all wrapped up with &Keep.

If you are new to &Keep, this is an online retailer devoted to helping you to reduce the impact everyday living has on the earth, and to help leave the planet in a better place for future generations.

This means that the majority of &Keep’s products are plastic-free. As well as a focus on plastic, &Keep also carefully considers other product ethics. That means you will find carefully sourced products made from recycled or upcycled materials or items made by Fairtrade artisans. What’s more, all of the products they stock are all cruelty-free and are not tested on animals.

Whilst it’s always disappointing when you buy products from eco-retailers and they arrive in the post wrapped in plastic, there isn’t this disappointment with &Keep. Their packaging is always completely plastic-free, and they use recycled materials. 

Christmas At &Keep

&Keep is the perfect place to shop sustainably this Christmas. In this one-stop eco-friendly shop, you’ll find everything you need to help you with your Christmas preparations, such as festive stockings and decorations. &Keep even stock cards, recyclable wrap, and plastic-free sticky tape.

You’ll also find earth-conscious gifts for every recipient on your list – from kids to adults and even pets – at every price point. And you’ll even find everything you need for your home over the festive period – from baking supplies, to table decorations, to eco-friendly candles, and plastic-free Christmas crackers, and more.

This year their festive range is bigger than ever, and I’m excited to show you some of my favourite products from their virtual shelves.

Eco-Friendly Decorations

Eco Christmas decorations from &Keep - from plastic-free, to recycled paper, to Fairtrade products.

&Keep has curated a collection of beautiful sustainable Christmas decorations for you to decorate your home with. From recycled plastic to recycled paper, all the way through to wool felt and off-cuts from the Sri Lankan furniture industry. All of &Keep’s decorations tread lightly on the planet. The decorations tread lightly on your pocket too, with nothing over £20.

From top to bottom, here are some of my festive favourites from &Keep.

Avocado Christmas tree decoration (£5.95). This cheeky little avocado is made by hand from 90% recycled wool, by artisans in Mumbai, India. It’s sure to raise a smile, dangling from your tree, for years to come!

Honeycomb paper tree decoration (£4.95). This lovely plastic-free decoration has been handmade using recycled paper. To keep it looking good, year after year, it folds flat for convenient storage. And, rather than sticky pads that fail to stick after more than one use, this decoration is cleverly held open by a small magnet.

Recycled paper angel decoration (£5.95). For something different for your tree, this unique Christmas Angel hanging decoration has been handmade in Vietnam using brightly coloured recycled paper.

Felt ball garland (£11.95). If you are looking to give tinsel the miss this year, but aren’t sure what to use in its place, then this pretty and plastic-free felt ball garland is a good festive choice. Available in two different festive colour palettes – red, green, and white or red and white – these are hand-made with 100% wool felt. In 1.5 metre lengths, these are great for draping on your tree or for wherever you are looking to give a festive finishing touch.

Hand-felted polar bear stocking (£14.95). Finally, if you are looking for a stocking to hang by your fireplace this year, then try this pretty hand-felted polar bear stocking. Made from 100% wool felt, there aren’t any synthetic fibres in here. What’s more, it’s Fairtrade. This means that it has been sourced and made through a fair supply chain, where producers and artisans are treated with dignity, respect, equality, and fairness.

Eco Christmas Gifts From &Keep

Eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas from &Keep - for her, for him and for kids.

Of course, in &Keep’s one-stop eco-friendly Christmas shop, you’ll find more than just festive decorations. &Keep also have a great selection of eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas. Here are some of my top choices from &Keep, all of which are under £40.

Sustainable Bathroom Gift Box (£27.95). This gift box contains everything your loved one needs to make sustainable swaps in the bathroom. You’ll find all the eco-friendly dental care essentials you need. This includes eco-friendly floss, interdental brushes, a bamboo toothbrush, and plastic-free toothpaste tablets. You’ll also find delicious smelling soap, a wooden soap dish that helps avoid that dreaded mushy soap, and a handy soap saver. And for easy gifting, the gift box is tied with twine and finished with a Christmas tree kraft paper tag.

Eco Kids Gift Box (£17.95). For a fun, eco-minded gift for kids then look no further than this delightful gift box. Containing a PLAYin Choc surprise toy and vegan chocolate, this is just like a Kinder Egg, without the plastic. There’s also a bath bomb, to make bathtime fun (my kids go wild for a bath bomb!), and a fun make-your-own elf peg doll kit. And to top it off, there’s a pack of bamboo toothbrushes, to help remind them of the importance of cleaning their teeth! Again, this gift box is tied with twine and finished with a kraft paper gift tag.

Make Your Own Minibeasts Garden (£15.95). For crafty kids, this make your own minibeasts garden is a great choice. The kit contains wooden shapes, jumbo watercolour pencils, a wooden paintbrush, and wheatgrass seeds. From this, they can then create and assemble their own minibeast garden scene. Once the wooden shapes have been decorated, add soil to the tin, place the painted props into position and spread the wheatgrass seeds. The magical garden then awaits!

Upcircle Moisturiser (£18.95). For skincare fans, this Upcircle moisturiser is a great sustainable choice. It’s made with the finely-ground powder of discarded argan shells. This is a natural by-product of the argan oil industry and is rich in the antioxidant Vitamin E. These deeply-hydrating ingredients really nourish and brighten the skin. And what’s more, it’s made with 99% natural ingredients and is also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

On The Go Gift Box (£35.75). Finally, this on-the-go gift box is a great eco Christmas gift idea. It contains a plethora of practical reusable products. From a reusable water bottle to a reusable and recycled coffee cup made entirely from single-use paper cups. There’s also a reusable food wrap and a reusable food bag. There’s even a stainless steel straw. All this helps empower the recipient to say no to single-use plastic on the go. And again, the gift box is tied with twine and finished with a gift tag.

Take The Stress Out of Christmas

What’s more, from just £2.95 &Keep will wrap your chosen gift for you to help take the stress out of Christmas. They’ll place your gift in a recycled cardboard gift box, tie it with raffia and finish it with a recycled tag. You can also select some Christmas-themed recyclable wrapping paper for an extra festive flourish.

Do visit &Keep‘s website for loads more eco Christmas inspiration and ideas. And why not follow along with &Keep on Instagram or Facebook for plastic-free ideas for every corner of your home.

If you’re busy getting ready for Christmas then you can also check out my guide to having an eco-friendly Christmas. It’s bursting with festive ideas that are kind to the planet! From choosing an eco-friendly Christmas tree, to tips on plant-based Christmas dinner ideas. I’ve even got tips on reducing your festive food waste.