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 It’s time to #GiveAKnit about Christmas jumpers Christmas is fast approaching and just like Wham, mince pies and ice skating, Christmas jumpers have become a staple part of the festive season. Here in the UK we're set to spend a dizzying £220 million on novelty Christmas jumpers, a quarter of which end up in the bin or are or are unlikely to be worn again. It’s snow joke. (Ahhhh). That's why tis' the season to #GiveAKnit about Christmas jumpers. Reuse, transform or swap a Christmas jumper instead of buying a new one this year! Here's how: 1) Wear it again 1 in 3 people buy a new Christmas jumper each year, and most are only worn once or twice! Reuse a Christmas jumper you already have. You looked great in it last year and we promise your nan won’t mind. 2) Transform a regular jumper into a festive one Transform an uninspiring sweater or moth bitten jumper into a winter season statement piece. Imogen from sustainable fashion brand Gillian June shares her ideas here - have a browse. 3) Get swapping Swap your jumper with families or friends! It’s a great way to get a brand new look without having to spend a penny. And remember a jumper is for life, not just for Christmas. Booking for this event has now closed.