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 Refashion East Exploring local history and bringing it to life to reignite textiles skills of the past Old Togs, new tricks is the ethos that we live by. We’re constantly on the hunt to find ways to make clothes last longer whilst celebrating the diversity of fashion, textiles and crafts. This not only diverts textiles from landfill and gets creative juices flowing but it has us thinking about how clothes are made, and to what ends. #RefashionEast event followed the thread of London’s fashion history through the Aldgate area, home of the Huguenots and the epicentre of the UK’s rag trade roots. World wars and global markets have left the UK garment industry down at heal, but the time is right to reignite the UK rag trade in a meaningful way. Let’s put this area back in the spotlight. Achieved so far Across one weeked in May 2015 we hosted a feast of fashion workshops in East London. We took people on a journey to discover where and how clothes used to be madem from hat making to swap shops and from walking tours to a human library where you could hear first hand about in the textile factories across East London. Join the campaign We're always on the hunt for local organisations, groups, individuals or businesses who would like to replicate the campaign in their local community. If you would like to join our fashion events, see here to download our handy guides.