3 ways to... make your clothes last longer
In the UK, we chuck out an astonishing £12.5 billion of wearable outfits each year – here’s how to stop
Brits are throwing away nearly £200 worth of clothing per person each year on average, according to research by Vanish, with more than half admitting they disposed of perfectly wearable items in the bin rather than giving to friends or charity. Here’s how to stay in love with your clothes for longer:
1 Make do and mend
Lay out all the clothes you don’t wear anymore to work out why. Has a hem fallen down? Then take action and fix it. Does something have a stain? Then buy a suitable product to remove it rather than admitting defeat if a regular wash won’t get rid of it.
2 Switch it up
Nearly one in five said they threw clothes away to make more room in their wardrobe, while 12% said clothes felt ‘old’ after wearing only a handful of times. Solve both these problems by rotating the clothes you wear. Put away a selection of items, then bring them out the next month, and so on. You will have more space and the pieces will feel ‘newer’.
3 Find a good home for them
And if you still don’t want them anymore, take them to your local charity shop where someone else can enjoy them.