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 Browse top tips How to make a DIY Christmas jumper Christmas is just around the corner and as offices and families across the country get ready for Christmas Jumper day on 15th December, we asked founder of sustainable fashion brand Gillian June for her favourite DIY hacks to make a festive Christmas jumper this December without having to buy something new. Why it's time to #GiveAKnit about Christmas jumpers. 1) Do you want to build a snowman? Turn an ordinary sweater into a festive feast by cutting 3 circles out of an old t-shirt to create a snowman, use buttons for eyes and a ribbon for its scarf! After some tips on getting started with sewing? Have a browse here. Image: Pinterest 2) Pom-poms Use pompoms to create a festive garland or tree across your jumper. Making pom-poms is super quick and easy – check out this tutorial on pinterest if you need some inspiration. Image: Pinterest. 3) Tie a bow Sew ribbons onto the sleeves of your dads old jumper to turn it into a chic oversized jumper for yourself. The ribbons will stop the sleeves from being too long for you whilst adding a pretty festive detail.