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 How to beat Blue Monday Today is Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year. Christmas and New Year are a distant memory, coffers are empty and the next bank holidays are months away. Rather than indulge in retail therapy by hitting the January sales, why not join Hubbub for a series of exciting clothing swaps and refashion events in north London this January, which may be just the thing to put a smile on your face. We’ve teamed up with North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to show you how you can refresh your wardrobe through acquiring new skills, not new stuff. Our community-centred workshops won’t leave you penniless and you’ll come away with something new, created from an old cast-off or from something lingering in the back of your wardrobe. We’ve selected a real variety of workshops offering something to suit everyone; whether you’re a teenager who wants to re-invent a denim jacket, a bloke who wants to repair his own jeans or a woman who wants to restyle a party frock. The workshops will be an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and refresh your wardrobe – the perfect way to beat the January blues! Alongside the workshops will be a series of free clothes swapping events will be hosted by swishing experts Rags Revival, who will help you pick out something beautiful. It’s also a chance to rid your wardrobe of the clothes you no longer wear or have never worn, whilst ensuring they don’t go to waste. The recent TV series Hugh’s War on Waste revealed that here in the UK we throw away a staggering 7 tonnes of clothing every 10 minutes. However, looking after your clothes for 9 months longer than usual will reduce each item’s carbon, waste and water footprint by 20-30%, according to WRAP. Our message is simple, don’t reject your unwanted clothes #refashion them! Our 14 #refashion events take place during the last two weekends of January in Enfield, Haringey, Barnet, Islington, Camden, Hackney and Waltham Forest. Join us for a celebration of clothing and new skills. Book your tickets NOW to avoid disappointment.