Care, repair and mend clothes

Sewing materials

Repair and mending doesn't mean we can't afford to buy something new, it means we can't afford something being thrown away. What used to be a badge of shame is now something to be proud of. Repairing clothes is practical, symbolic, creative and original. Fashion Revolution has a great Repair and Mend Guide that makes it easy to care for your favourite items!

Nearly three-fifths of all clothing ends up in incinerators or landfills within a year of being produced.



  • Caring for and repairing clothes helps extend their lifetime and reduces the amount of clothing sent to landfill
  • Helps safe money
  • Can be a fun, creative activity


  • Depending on the damage, it may take time to repair Requires some training
  • Some materials are easier to care for and repair than others.

Making a difference

Extending the life of clothes by just nine extra months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by around 20-30% each.

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution

Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema