FashionCreative ways to make clothes last longer Fashion images that saturate our news feeds help the industry bring in a whopping £26 billion to our economy. On average we each spend £640 on clothes per year and collectively throw out almost 300,000 tonnes of clothing. One third of this has barely been worn! This is men and women alike with men only wearing 13% of the clothing in their wardrobes. Maintaining your style without throwing away your old things is easier than you think, and can save you money. Take a look at the events, blogs and top tips to give you a few threads of thought. 3 things you can do today Beat fast fashion. Be aware of impluse buys and think about whether you really want or need something. This will help you buy less, but better. Love seconds. Find some gems in second hand clothes shops or swap clothes and accessories you no longer want with your friends and family. You could even revamp something old with a few embellishments. Get some tips in our Make, do and mend handbook. Care for your clothes. Simple actions like washing clothes at 30ºC, only ironing when necessary and reducing tumble drying can make your clothes last much longer - read more about 'Clever Care'. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Blog Ideas bank Fashion 5 ways to care for kids' clothes Keeping up with growing kids can be a squeeze on the purse strings, with the average household spending £11,000 per child growing up. Whilst we can’t control how fast clothes are outgrown, there are a few ways we can try to make them stay fresher for longer, saving money and reducing waste. Join #GiftABundle and pass on outgrown clothing this Mother's Day. Step 1: separate, rinse, repeat When washing, separate whites and colours as you would with your normal wash. Remove any solids before washing by rinsing under the tap or with a brush. Use a non-bio detergent and check for the British Skin Foundation logo on the packaging. If your child has sensitive skin, use delicate or hand washing detergent. Step 2: think practical When buying, choose clothing that’s easy to wash and quick at drying. Breathable cotton is perfect for little ones as it helps prevent sweating and is soft against their skin. Avoid buying delicate fabrics with special care instructions and clothes with details sewn on such as sequins, as they are difficult to wash and risk coming off. Step 3: act quickly, stay cold When your child makes a mess, scoop or wipe away as much of the stain as possible before treating the fabric. This will make the cleaning process much faster. Baby wipes are amazing for dealing with spills on the go - they’re also the best thing for getting sick out of carpets. If possible, rinse clothing immediately, or soak in cold water until you can deal with it. Never soak in hot water as the heat might set the stain, making it a permanent fixture. Step 4: be gentle Avoid using harsh chemicals and cleaners that may irritate your child’s skin. Natural bleach alternatives include ammonia solution, baking soda, borax and white distilled vinegar. If you do use bleach on your child’s whites, make sure they’re washed and rinsed thoroughly before use. A great hack for getting rid of stains is to leave clothes out in the sunlight and let the sun bleach the stain. Step 5: avoid the tumbler Love Your Clothes advises to avoid the dryer, especially if you’re unsure whether a stain was successfully removed. The heat will set the stain and make it virtually impossible to remove. Hang to dry instead. If you can, hang outside and let the sun work its bleach-free stain removing magic. For clothing in need of some extra care visit Love Your Clothes for tips on patching and repairing clothes. Clothes too worn to wear or repair? Find out how to recycle textiles here. Top tips for baby clothing Got tips to share? Let us know using the comments section below and we'll spread the word.