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 The perfect refashion cocktail To kick off the New Year Hubbub and North London Waste Authority mixed up an eclectic cocktail of clothes swapping and refashion events in north London. The workshops captured people’s imagination, showing them how to revitalise their wardrobe through practical sewing skills and a splash of imagination. Here’s how we concocted the events! Method: Step 1: Fill to the brim with inspiring ways to make clothes last longer From natural dyeing to creating bobble hats from old jumpers; the variety of workshops proved that there are endless creative ways to transform a tired looking garment. Workshop hosts Tea & Crafting showed us that even rags can be made into beautiful pictures. Step 2: Add talented workshop leaders into the mix Our workshop hosts are experts in their craft. Resurrection Boutique guided people through restyling their clothes and designers Everything in Colour showed people how to magically repair their favourite jeans. Katherine May taught us the origins of indigo dying, whilst Celia Pym beautifully communicated stories of mending & darning from around the world. Step 3: Stir in some community spirit Our locally-advertised events linked sewing businesses and designers to north London communities. Enthusiasm built up over the two weekends, particularly with our popular clothes swaps run by swish experts Rags Revival. People passing by rushed home to pick up an item to swap and we soon got to know our ‘regulars’. Step 4: Mix together different generations We got children and adults making bobble hats with textile charity TRAID and kids making bags out of old denim with Little Hands Design. Our workshops welcomed people of all ages and showed that skills can easily be shared across generations, and should be! Step 5: Serve with a large dollop of fun Here at Hubbub it goes without saying that whatever event we put on, we’re going to have fun doing it. People taking part in the workshops went home with new skills and more importantly a smile on their faces. Missed out? Not to worry. Join us for yet another exciting #Refashion event on Sunday 3rd April from 11am-12.30pm at the Camden Arts Centre. Tea & Crafting will be back, this time showing you how to make a gorgeous necklace out of a T-shirt. Get your tickets here.