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 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. With a massive 183 million items of outgrown baby clothing tucked away in UK homes and 1/3 of parents admitting to throwing clothing in the bin because they didn't know what else to do with them, it’s time to #GiftABundle. 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 and support local families. Up until Mother's Day on 11th March, you can gift bundles of six - ten items of good quality, outgrown baby clothing for ages between premature to three years, in 42 selected mothercare stores across the UK. How to #GiftABundle Pick up a bundle bag from one of 42 Mothercare stores. Click here to find your nearest participating store. Fill it with six - ten pieces of good quality, outgrown clothing for an age group between premature to three years, and fill in the gift tag. Share a picture of your bundle with hashtag #GiftABundle. Drop off your bundle at collection points in one of the same selected mothercare stores by 11th March and they’ll be gifted to local families via community groups from Mother’s Day. What can I gift in my bundle? All good quality baby clothing for ages premature to three 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: Create your own bundle of clothing and pass on to someone you know, or even host your own clothing swap with friends - click here to download our inspiration guide. Bring #GiftABundle to your community – contact us to receive a free "How To Guide" on how to plan and run a campaign. Read our top tips on caring for your baby’s clothes to make them last longer. Read our tips for fixing 7 common baby stains. Ready to let go of clothing too worn to wear? Find out how to recycle them here. Who will receive the gifts? All gifts will be passed on for free to families across the UK. Each participating mothercare store will be selecting community groups and organisations local to them, to gift the bundles on to. If you'd like to receive some of the collected gifts this year, please get in touch with your local participating store - see below. Any clothing gifted that is not suitable to gift on, will be recycled. Find your nearest participating mothercare store #GiftABundle is a collaboration between Hubbub UK and mothercare, aimed at supporting families and reducing textiles waste. The campaign is taking place across 42 Mothercare stores from 12th February – 11th March 2018. To find out more please get in touch.