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 Redistributing children's clothing on Mother's Day Parents around Herne Hill are being asked to make a difference this Mother’s Day by gifting their child’s good quality outgrown clothing as ‘Bundles of Joy’ to support local families. The average family spends a whopping £11,000 on clothing per child growing up, and 1/3 of all UK clothing ends up in landfill putting extra pressure on the purse strings and environment. This spring, with the support of Hubbub and Herne Hill Forum, Bundle of Joy will ease the pressure a little by re-distributing clothing to reduce textiles waste and support families in the area. The campaign launched this morning in the brilliantly lively Whippersnappers at Brockwell Lido. We were joined by lots of mums, dads and children who dived into the abundance of storytelling, face painting, colouring and most importantly, gifting of the first bundles to the campaign. It was a fantastic start to the project and it was great to see so many different people in the community come together to celebrate the launch. From a baby’s first step to their first day at nursery, memories become embedded into the fabric of the clothes kids wear. Throughout the campaign we’ll be celebrating these memories and sharing pictures and stories behind the clothes gifted - keep an eye out for the street gallery that will be popping up along the station underpass! Get involved and gift your bundle! Pick up an empty bundle from one of six local businesses including Tales on Moon Lane, Jelly Tots Café, Carnegie Library, White Feather, Brockwell Lido and Duo Dance. Once filled with clothing for children aged 0-6, drop your bundles off at the iconic Brockwell Lido where there is a playful installation waiting to greet you! Don’t forget to take a daffodil as a thank you for your gift. We’re collecting bundles right up until Mother’s Day so there’s plenty of time to get involved. Got any questions? – click here to find out more and see our FAQ’s.