Did you know?
As well as being a time of joy, Christmas is undoubtedly a period of excessive consumerism and waste. In fact, environmentalists have described the holiday season as ‘the world’s greatest annual environmental disaster.’ With fashion accounting for about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, one way we can try to reduce our environmental impact this Christmas is by taking part in a Cork Clothes Swap.
Besides being responsible for nearly 10% of global carbon emissions, the industry is also infamously known for the amount of resources it wastes and the millions of clothes ending up in landfills every day. At Christmas, the average family will increase spending on clothes by 43%. This, of course, means that demand for fast fashion will increase, as a result of consumers buying easy Christmas outfits for parties or Christmas jumpers.
Fast fashion providers will therefore churn out even more products at even lower prices to boost profit, evident in the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas sales. This Saturday at the clothes swap at St. Peter’s you can join Martha Maguire for a workshop on creating a sustainable Christmas jumper.
Bring an old jumper that you no longer wear and Martha and the team will help you use upcycling techniques to add a Christmas flare.
Here’s a few resources if you want to know more:
Cork Clothes Swap Instagram