The season of festive gatherings is almost upon us and Ethical Fair encourages you to seek an ethical Christmas jumper to wear this year, instead of one from the sweat-shops used by most of the high street.
We have found some really awesome ethical Christmas jumpers that will keep you cost, festive and fair this season.
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Traditional Sweater – 69B Boutique
£360. 3 colours available (blue, grey, white). Ships worldwide
This Gudrun & Gudrun Traditional Sweater is their signature knit which features a classic print inspired by the designer’s father’s sweater collection. 100 % Alpaca. Most of the pieces by Gudrun & Gudrun are handmade by Faroese and Jordanian women and the wool is 100% untreated and without dye, from sheep that live in the mountains all year round feasting on unfertilised grass.
Patterned Ski Sweater – American Apparel
£53. 2 colours available (black, white). Ships worldwide via country-specific sites
A patterned pullover ski sweater featuring a classic black and white design, an open ribbed neckline and a drop shoulder. 60% cotton, 40% acrylic. American Apparel goods are made in the USA and they offer fair working conditions and wages.
Patchwork Cardigan – Lowie
£235. Size L (UK 14) only. Ships worldwide
This beautiful cardigan in autumnal shades of oatmeal, charcoal and red makes me think of gingerbread and mulled wine! Hand-knitted in entrelac from super soft virgin lambswool, this cardigan features charcoal and red patchwork on an oatmeal base; with oatmeal hems and wooden buttons down the full length of the front. Length 55 cm. 69% virgin lambswool, 19% ethically sourced angora and 12% nylon.
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Embellished Jumper – Boden
£74.25. Ships to select countries worldwide, see website
100% merino wool jumper, hand embellished with a stag design. A relaxed fit that would suit both casual tees or a chic skirt. Boden suggest pairing with red heels and a sparkly clutch for the festive season. The stag design means it’s not just suitable for Christmas week either! Boden try to follow ethical practices throughout their business, but they may not be strict enough for all. I recommend reading their About section before buying.
Ley Stone Jumper – Seasalt
£53. Ships to select countries worldwide, see website
38% Viscose, 35% Nylon, 22% Extra Fine Merino, 5% Alpaca Wool. A Cornish take on the traditional Fair Isle sweater. This is a sweater that will see you through the whole Autumn/Winter and I think it would look fab with jeans and boots. Cosy and chic! And don’t worry – Seasalt only buy wool from Merino sheep that are non-mulesed.
Second Hand – Oxfam
£5+. Ships worldwide
This is just one sample of a Christmas jumper I spotted on the Oxfam website. They hold many knitted jumpers for women, men and kids and their online shop is easy to use. Why not take advantage of the throw-away nature of the Christmas jumper trend and grab a bargain from Oxfam or your local second hand shop.
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Robin Jumper – Fairtradetees (Etsy)
£25. Ships worldwide
A super cute robin christmas jumper made using organic cotton in a fairly traded factory. Uses sustainable ink and made in UK. This could definitely be worn by either male or female robin lovers!
Penguin T-Shirt – Boodle Boutique
£20. Ships worldwide
A nice alternative to the Christmas jumper! This is a very cute blue organic t-shirt, flecked with black & white, featuring Percy Penguin in a Christmas jumper. The t-shirt is designed and made by hand in UK from 100% organic cotton.
Organice Reindeer Tee – Jolly Clothing
£18. Ships worldwide
Technically for men, this tee is from the Jolly Organic Range and is printed using Soil Association approved eco water-based inks on a 100% organic Cotton T-shirt. Ethically produced and Fairwear Foundation Approved – designed in Monmouth, printed in Cardiff and packaged in Wales. Jolly Clothing offers a wide range of organic Christmas tees for both men & women. (Note: They do stock non-organic collections too, so be sure to check the details before you buy anything.)
Found any other great ethical Christmas jumpers? Or made your own? Share with us in the comments section below.