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 Gifting on outgrown baby clothing with #GiftABundle Update: We're excited to announce that Gift A Bundle 2018 will be launching on Monday 12th February. Parents will be able to Gift A Bundle of outgrown clothing via a range of mothercare stores, and we'll also be encouraging parents to have their own clothing swap with friends. If you would like to run your own Gift A Bundle event please get in touch so we can send you a supporting kit. Redistributing good quality, outgrown baby and children's clothing as gifts between families for Mother's Day. When it comes to children’s clothing we’ve been looking behind the seams. 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 it. The #GiftABundle campaign makes it easy for parents to pass on outgrown baby clothing to support families and reduce waste, using Mother's Day as an annual hook. Achieved so far We launched a pilot version of the campaign called 'Bundle of Joy' in 2016 in collaboration with the Herne Hill Forum in South London. Across four weeks an incredible 252 bundles and 1,500 pieces of clothing were collected. Bundles of Joy have since been gifted to local familes through local organisations: The Salvation Army West Norwood, One O'clock Club Brockwell Park, St Micheal's Fellowship, Jelly Tots Café, One O'clock Club Peckham Rye Park. In 2017 we adapted and scaled the campaign in collaboration with Mothercare, leading to 'Gift A Bundle' which was piloted in 13 of their stores across the UK. In the lead up to Mother's Day an incredible 2,000 bundles were gifted by customers, amounting to approximately 200,000 items of clothing. These bundles have since been distributed to a network of 28 local groups, charities and organisations who are passing them on to families who can benefit from them. The online campaign which shared broader tips on extending the life clothes, removing common baby clothing stains and what to do with clothing too worn to wear reached 1.7 million people. Join the #GiftABundle campaign If you'd like to take part in the #GiftABundle campaign by running a one off event with friends, or something larger with your community, we've created a guide to help you. Please get in touch with us for more information.