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 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, car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets. If you've got clothes too worn to wear, here are 4 ways to recycle them! Better yet, before your clothes get to this stage, there are simple ways to make them last longer such as washing clothes at a lower temperature and cutting down on ironing and tumble drying. You can find out more about 'Clever Care' for clothes here. 1) Don’t bin it, bank it Any clothing that isn’t good enough to be passed on can still be given a new life via clothing banks. You can find clothing and textile banks in supermarkets and local car parks. Visit Recycle Now to find one near you. 2) Ask your council Many local councils offer clothes and textiles collections. Visit your council’s website or do a quick google search to find out if your council does. 3) Book a free home collection Some charities offer free home collections, picking up unwanted clothes direct from your door. Check with your local charity shop or visit TRAID to see if you’re a fit. 4) Not ready to let go? Get creative instead Turn old clothes into new treasures such as a headband, stuffed toys, doll skirt, or a memory quilt. Find out how with Love Your Clothes. Got a favourite DIY hack or tip for reducing textile waste? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.