Sweater Day is on February 4, and we are getting ready to snuggle into our warmest sweaters. On cold days, the warmth and comfort of a sweater feel like a hug. It is even better if the sweater is borrowed from a partner’s wardrobe. But there is more to this holiday. Sweater Day aims to encourage everyone to layer and bundle up with sweaters so that the thermostats can be turned down.
History of Sweater Day
Observed since the early 2000s, Sweater Day is a cause that everyone can participate in while looking great! The idea behind the holiday is to conserve energy by encouraging people to wear layers of sweaters and other warm clothing instead of turning up the heat. Sweater Day also helps raise awareness about climate change. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate how together everyone can be a part of the much-needed solution to global warming. We can reflect on our personal carbon footprints and make commitments in our daily lives that will contribute to keeping climate change in check, which will have a huge collective impact. One of such commitments could be to simply choose sweaters over the thermostat during cold weather.
It is understandable that in the dead of winters, we need more heat to stay warm and toasty indoors. But this leads to astronomical bills and consumption of fuel. Energy and its costs can be decreased if we simply bundle up. It is easy to have a single layer of warm clothing and have the whole house warmed up, but why not wear thick fuzzy sweaters instead and save the environment? It will make Grandma happy too to see that the sweater she knitted and gifted to her dear grandkids was not stuffed at the back of the closet forever.
The World Wildlife Fund (W.W.F.) established Sweater Day and advocates it every year. The circle of life means human depletion of natural resources negatively impacts animal wellbeing and their habitats. Consumption of fuel pollutes the environment and water, endangering the lives of animals. Changing our little habits can make a difference.
Sweater Day timeline
The cardigan is designed after woolen waistcoats worn by soldiers.
Coco Chanel creates a cardigan jacket as an alternative to tight-necked sweaters.
Frontman of the music band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, starts wearing vintage cardigans.
The W.W.F. establishes Sweater Day.
Sweater Day FAQs
What day is National Ugly Sweater Day?
National Ugly Sweater Day is celebrated on the third Friday of December.
When did Ugly Christmas Sweater Day start?
Ugly Sweater Day was first celebrated in Vancouver, Canada, in 2002. The creators of the holiday established it to raise funds for the treatment of a friend’s cancer.
Why is a sweater called a sweater?
The earliest use of the word referred to woolen vests or jerseys worn to make people sweat. This was to help people lose weight. These sweaters were first worn in Rowing in 1882.
How to Observe Sweater Day
Wear your favorite sweater
Wear your favorite snuggly sweater and save the planet at the same time! Who said all superheroes wear capes?
Assess your fuel costs
Sweater Day is a good time to track fuel costs and energy bills. Identify how you can cut back on your energy consumption to benefit you and the environment in the long run.
Learn about climate change
Climate change is a hot topic these days. Learn about how the planet is changing negatively and how human activities are contributing to it. The W.W.F. has many free resources available on their website that you can check out.
5 Tips To Reduce Energy Bills In Winter
Keep the heat contained inside
Check your windows and doors, and make sure your house is as airtight as possible.
Decrease the thermostat
Save 10% on bills just by lowering the thermostat by 10°.
Inspect the furnace filter
Make sure your furnace filters are clean and working properly.
Use energy efficiently
Turn off unnecessary light sources, and run appliances in ‘save battery’ mode.
Choose the right appliances
Invest in energy-saving appliances that won’t skyrocket your bills.
Why Sweater Day is Important
Conservation of resources
Our planet is our home, and we all have a responsibility to take care of it. We may think that switching off a light bulb or decreasing the thermostat won’t have a huge impact, but it will.
Fashion for a cause
Whether it’s fitted, oversized, colorful, or granny, we love sweaters. Let’s pull them out for a cause. It is important to use what we love to make some deep impact.
Better planning for the future
The dialogue generated through Sweater Day can help us better understand environmental concerns. Through improved understanding, we can plan the way forward for generations to come.
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