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 Get #SewSpooky - make a DIY Halloween costume 39 million people in the UK are expected to dress up for Halloween this year, spending a total of £510 million on costumes alone! With 7 million Halloween costumes ending up in the bin last year, save yourself some time and money this Halloween - see below for 5 ways to dress to kill this year without spooking the planet. 1) Skeleton in the closet? What’s more ghoulish than bringing an outfit back from the dead? Recycling an outfit or using something you already have in the cupboard is a winning alternative to buying a Halloween outfit in store. Get old school spooky and patch your costume together from things you already have in the house. In no time at all weird wardrobe finds, cardboard and paint can be transformed into unique outfits. Here are some quick and easy step by step guides to making a bat and skeleton costume as instructed by the marvellous Mum In The Madhouse. See full making instructions and guides for a cat, ghost and wizard here. 2) Share the magic with a Halloween costume swap Do a costume swap with friends or through a local Facebook group, community centre or school. Bring out that outfit from last year and exchange for a new one. If you're in and around London between 22nd - 27th October, we're hosting some costume swaps with North London Waste Authority, see what's on and book a free ticket here. 3) Don’t be a sweaty monster Opt for a costume in a natural fabric and avoid nylon, polyester and viscose. That way you’ll have a comfier/less sweaty Halloween and be safe in the knowledge your costume won’t take ages to biodegrade. 4) Paint yourself scary You can pick up non-toxic, cruelty free face paint super cheap from most fancy dress shops and create amazing looks for almost any outfit you can imagine. YouTube has some great tutorials and when you wash the paint off you’ll be waste free! 5) Share your DIY costume with #SewSpooky to let others in on your crafty tips. This campaign is funded by North London Waste Authority and brought to you by Hubbub. Booking for this event has now closed.