Swap, share and spread the joy with the first Festive Jumper Swap in Hitchin this weekend.

Plastic Free Hitchin’ and a number of Hitchin schools will be hosting the event where people can bring their old or outgrown festive jumpers to swap it for a preloved jumper for £1. 

The festive jumper swap will be held at the Hitchin Library in Paynes Park on Saturday, November 26, from 10am to 4pm.

Alternatively, you can drop by and purchase one for £2 without swapping. The event will also include some Christmas crafts using recycled and reused materials.

All donations will be distributed to the participating schools, while raising environmental awareness and consciousness.  

The library was one of the first community allies to sign up to the Plastic Free Hitchin initiative and has hosted similar events before.  

The swap is ahead of the national Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday, December 8, which was established in 2012.The Comet: Plastic Free Hitchin supporter, Daf in a festive jumper.Plastic Free Hitchin supporter, Daf in a festive jumper. (Image: Plastic Free Hitchin)

Since then there has been an increase in the production of Christmas jumpers in the fast fashion industry. 

Environmental charity, Hubbub, found that Christmas jumpers contain at least 95 per cent plastic materials and every year approximately 12 million festive jumpers are purchased, despite 65 million festive jumpers already gathering dust in wardrobes.  

Any jumper donations in advance can be dropped off at the Yellow Book Box on Ickleford Road in Hitchin right up until Saturday morning. 

It’s time to rummage in your winter wardrobes and rustle up your festive jumpers of any age, any colours, and any fit.