Fashion

Creative 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Do something today

Blog

  • Is the way we value our wardrobes changing?

    Every year millions of unwanted or unworn clothes are tossed into landfill and while we’re all becoming familiar with the adage ‘buy less, but better’, what if we stopped buying at all? We take a look at some of the top fashion sharing and swapping apps. Read more

  • Hubbub launches #SewSpooky

    This year in the UK consumers are set to spend £510 million on Halloween costumes, with 4 in 10 worn only once. We're launching #SewSpooky to cut textiles waste at Halloween. Read more

  • Hubbub trials Street Store

    We've been working with Sainsbury’s to encourage people to extend the life of their clothes. Over the May Bank Holiday, we brought the first 'Street Store' to the South Derbyshire town of Swadlincote, encouraging residents to swap, style and sew their way to a new wardrobe. Read more

  • Five lessons from #GiftABundle

    We've just wrapped up our 2017 #GiftABundle campaign which resulted in 20,000 pieces of baby clothing being given to local charities. Following this we're reflecting on: working with large retailers, clothing redistribution and supporting families. Read more

Top tips

  • Quick stich: How to sew a button and fix a hem

    We've recently discovered that only 65% of UK adults would feel confident to sew on a button. To help you repair rather than replace your clothing we've written these four-step guides to sewing a button and fixing a hem. Read more

  • How to recycle clothes too worn to wear

    1/3 of clothes across the UK end up in the bin, despite the fact that stained, damaged and holey clothing can be recycled into new items, such as padding for chairs and car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets - find out how. Read more

  • How to fix 7 common baby clothing stains

    There's a lot to think about with a new addition to the family, let alone figuring out how to keep outfits clean when you could be going through 3 a day. Here are some top tips for sorting common baby stains. Read more

  • 5 ways to care for kids' clothes

    Keeping up with growing kids can be a squeeze on the purse strings. Whilst we can’t control how fast clothes are outgrown, there are a few ways we can keep them fresher for longer. Read more