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 350,000 tonnes of textiles. 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. HomeDo somethingTop tipsBlogIdeas bank Fashion Gift A Bundle of outgrown baby clothing this Mother's Day Letting go of outgrown baby clothing might be hard, but we might be hanging on a bit too hard. A whopping 183 million items of outgrown baby clothing are stashed in UK homes, enough to provide over 250 items for each baby born in the UK each year. With the average family spending £11,000 on a child’s clothing alone, it’s time to #GiftABundle of outgrown clothing. Whilst many parents do pass on outgrown clothing, 1/3 of parents have still said they've thrown clothing in the bin because they didn't know what else to do with them. In the run up to Mother’s Day, we’re collaborating with Mothercare to make it easy for parents to #GiftABundle of outgrown baby clothing to support families and reduce waste. Up until 25th March 2017, parents can gift bundles of 6-10 items of good quality, outgrown baby clothing for ages between premature to 3 years, in selected Mothercare stores across the UK. How to #GiftABundle Pick up a bundle bag from selected Mothercare store counters. Participating stores include: Aberdeen, Cribbs Causeway Bristol, Dudley, Edmonton, Gateshead, Ipswich, Kew, Leeds, Manchester, Romford, Solihull, Sprucefield, Lisburn and Swansea. Fill it with 6 – 10 pieces of good quality, outgrown clothing for an age group between premature to 3 years, and fill in the gift card. Share your bundle with #GiftABundle. Drop your bundle at collection points in one of the same selected Mothercare stores by 25th March and they’ll be gifted to mums via community groups from Mother’s Day. What can I gift in my bundle? All good quality baby clothing for ages premature to 3 years will be warmly welcomed, including shoes, hats and socks. Unfortunately we can’t accept toys, blankets, bedding or batches of clothing not made into the small bundle gifts. If you have lots of good quality clothing in a range of sizes, you're welcome to gift more than once. Please split the ages so that the gifts are ready to be passed on to a family. If you have larger batches of clothing, or clothing that is stained or too worn to wear, there are lots of other options for making good use of them instead of throwing them away. Find out more here. Not based near a participating Mothercare store? There are loads of other ways to get involved: Only around half of mums (53%) have passed on outgrown children’s clothes. Make this the year you #GiftABundle and instead, wrap a gift for friends or family, or host a clothing swap with friends or work. Bring #GiftABundle to your local community – let us know if you’d like to help run one in your local community. Become a clothes carer. Read our top tips on making your children’s clothing last longer. Ready to let go of clothing too worn to wear? Find out how to recycle clothing here. Who will receive the gifts? All gifts will be passed on for free to families across the UK. We're currently building networks of community groups and organisations who are in a good position to pass them on to families who can benefit most from them, where possible in close proximity to participating stores. Groups distributing the gifts so far include: Cascade Baby Bundles, regional Salvation Army groups, regional Shelter groups, Little Village, Family Lives, Alternatives Watford. If you work for an organisation or group who would benefit from the gifts, please contact us. Any clothing gifted that is not suitable to gift on, will be recycled. #GiftABundle is a collaboration between Hubbub UK and Mothercare, aimed at supporting families and reduce textile waste. The campaign is a pilot taking place across 13 Mothercare stores from 27th February – 25th March 2017. To find out more please get in touch.