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 Blog Have you Shwopped at work? On World Environment Day, to launch our new collaboration with M&S and Oxfam we hosted a Shwop at Work event at our office HQ in Somerset House. Spanning across five days we invited fellow tenants to bring in their unwanted clothing, drop it off at our Shwop drop box and as a thank you, each person received a £5 M&S voucher. We're now asking other businesses to do the same, and across June and July we can support 50 businesses to run their own Shwop at Work event, helping colleagues to extend the life of their clothing while also making a difference. Shwop at Work is part of M&S’s wider ‘Shwopping’ campaign, headed by the fabulously glamorous Joanna Lumley. Since its launch the campaign has seen over 10 million items of clothes donated, worth an estimated £6.8 million to Oxfam. The total weight of these donations is 9,900 tonnes. That’s the same as 825 double decker buses! Unfortunately this is just a thread on the amount of clothing that gets thrown away in the UK. A typical UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes, almost a third of which will not have been worn in the last year. Each year we throw away almost 1 million tonnes of textiles. That’s why, through our fashion hub and initiatives like Shwop at Work, we want to help make it easy for people to extend the life of their clothes. All of the clothing gifted through Shwop at Work is either resold, reused or recycled by Oxfam to raise money for the essential support they provide to people around the world. Update Hubbub is no longer working on this campaign. If you're interested in running a shwop at work event please visit the M&S website.