Christmas sweaters contribute to plastic pollution

18 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

Christmas sweaters contribute to plastic pollution

© Shutterstock Wearing the nicest Christmas sweater in the office is not without consequences for the planet. Many Christmas sweaters are made of plastic.

For many people, the end of the year is the only time that it's okay to wear a nice, bad sweater. A warm sweater with bright colors and a funny or ordinary message. However, the lack of style is not the only way that Christmas jerseys are wrong, because they are also very bad for the environment.

Plastic pollution

You have probably heard of the plastic soup that we create through our consumption of plastic. An immense amount of plastic waste floats around in the oceans and seas and microplastics are found almost everywhere. To prevent this, it is important to use as little plastic as possible and also to use it as effectively as possible. The purchase of Christmas sweaters is also related to this, because many of the sweaters are partly or completely made of plastic. The jerseys not only cause pollution when they end up in the garbage, but washing them also releases microplastics.

Disposable plastic

To prevent plastic pollution, governments have started to focus on disposable plastic. We often think of straws, cotton buds and disposable cutlery, but perhaps we can add Christmas sweaters to the list. A study in the United Kingdom showed that around forty percent of Christmas jerseys are not worn again and that one in three adults under the age of 35 purchase a new Christmas sweater every year. According to the research, three-quarters of the sweaters contain the plastic fabric acrylic and 44% of the Christmas sweaters are made entirely of this fabric.

Do you want a nice Christmas sweater for the holidays? Then go for second-hand, wear an old sweater or trade your sweater with someone else.

Sources: The Guardian, Plymouth