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 Sustainable costume ideas for World Book Day World Book Day is a huge annual celebration of books and reading encouraging children all around the world to share stories and get stuck into a really good book. Everyone's favourite part of World Book Day is getting to come into school dressed as your favourite character, the halls lined with Hermione's, Peter Pan’s and Hobbit’s. While most costumes can be rustled up out of a little imagination and sellotape, year on year we’re seeing a huge increase in the amount of costumes available to buy from big retailers. Tesco alone has 180 different designs to choose from some costing over £20. While picking up a costume from the supermarket can be a serious help for time-strapped parents it’s difficult not to see correlations with other holidays, like Halloween, which sees 7 million costumes thrown in the bin along with the fake cobwebs. Textile waste is a massive problem in the UK with 300,000 tonnes a year of used clothes going to landfill (WRAP) every year. Last year Hubbub were helping people across the UK battle Halloween textile waste with Sew Spooky and canning the Christmas jumper craze with Give A Knit, with the increase in costumes on sale for World Book Day this seems like a natural follow on. So we’ve compiled some of our favourite super-easy DIY World Book Day costumes to celebrate the nation's best loved characters and reduce costume waste along the way. If you make any, let us know how you get on! Tintin (complete with cardboard cut out snowy) To bring Herge’s beloved kid detective to life all you need is a white shirt, a blue jumper, some hair gel to create his signature quiff and trusty snowy. If you don’t have a cuddly dog that will play the part then you can make your own! Back this picture of snowy onto cardboard to make the perfect 2D detective sidekick. Here's a great example from Pinterest (see image on right). Matilda We love this version of Matilda found on Pintrest, the fake newt in water is a brilliant finishing touch and you should be able make the costume with clothes you already have at home and a red headband or ribbon! (Image from umeandthekids/Pinterest). Mr Twit One from our very own Saskia, a brilliant homemade Mr Twit outfit. All it took to make was: A wig from the bargain bucket at the local party store- all messed up, which is perfect for this look Homemade beard accessories from card cut up and painted - fish skeleton, worms and birds feet and tangled into the wig. An old corduroy jacket. A cushion in a cloth bag tied around the neck so it doesn’t fall down, secured with belt. Harry Potter You won’t have to travel to Diagon Alley for your kids to look the part this World Book Day. Follow this easy and super cheap tutorial from My Mommy Style, for turning big t-shirts into wizards robes and see the magic come to life. (Image from My Mommy Style). Have we missed your kids’ favourite fictional character? Tweet us pictures of your World Book Day creations!