animals
Fake Fake Fur That’s Actually Real Fur is Confusing Everyone

The Commons Environment Committee is launching an inquiry into fake fur on sale in the UK, suggesting that some fake fur is actually real fur that's being marketed as fake fur -- presumably because skinning a fox in some unregulated backwater is cheaper than importing a nice roll of the fake stuff. Read More >>

kickstarter
Meet The Smart Backpack That’ll Light up Your Life… Literally

The future – by which I mean, 'late 2017 – is a terrifyingly advanced place. Not only are most modern toasters clever enough to do your taxes, but now fancypants backpacks are looking to make your walk to work a whole lot smarter. Read More >>

clothing
Aldi Has Matching Dog/Human Jumpers for Christmas

Is your stupid old dog just brown and boring and not Christmassy enough? Then get down to Aldi, where a new range of jazzy Fairisle pet jumpers designed to match their human equivalents are on sale. Read More >>

education
School Apologises for Foot-Shaming Students

A very worthy and well-meaning social media post from a posh school in Somerset has infuriated parents and drive-by Facebook users, after suggesting there was a link between children wearing nice shoes and their academic performance. Read More >>

energy
Swedes Generate Power From Unsafe H&M Shirts

A heat and power station in the Swedish city of Vasteras has been using an unusual source of matter for burning -- discarded H&M clothing. 15 tonnes of it so far this year. Read More >>

design
Expanding Clothing for Kids Just Won the UK James Dyson Award

One of the worst parts about being a parent (I assume, anyway) is the fact that kids grow out of their clothes almost immediately. You can buy two sizes too big to give them time to grow, but wouldn't it be great if the clothes grew with them? That sort of thinking just won one person the UK edition of the James Dyson awards. Read More >>

fashion
Show Your Disdain for Brexit With This Overpriced EU Flag Hoodie

Big fan of that whole 'European Union' thing, and utterly disgusted with the mere suggestion of Brexit? You're probably trying to hide from the reality of the current situation, and what better way to do it than spend £750 on hoodie proudly displaying the EU flag? Read More >>

clothing
Nike-Funded Study Shows Compression Tights Are Basically Useless

Compression tights are touted as enabling athletes to run faster and farther, while reducing injuries, but a new Nike-funded study — one that appears to have backfired on the clothing manufacturer — suggests these trendy items don’t work as advertised. Read More >>

clothing
These ‘Professional’ Sweatsuits Won’t Fool Anyone But Who Cares, They’re Comfortable

If the thought of having to ‘dress up’ has you skipping fancy dinner parties, or turning down promotions at work, Fruit of the Loom might have a solution for you. Its 2016 Professional Collection is a line of fleece sweatsuits printed with ‘formal’ designs that make it look like you’re actually dressed as an adult. Read More >>

crime
Thames Valley Police May Bring Back the Classic Bobbies’ Hat to Help Short Officers

The classic British police helmet, retired from most services within the UK now, could be about to make a comeback in England, where Thames Valley police is said to be considering returning them to service so its officers stand out better when mingling with crowds of you anti capitalists. Read More >>

design
Pac-Man Bomber Jacket Will Remind People of All Those Ghost Battles You Fought

They might not be remembered in 75 years the same way the battles of World War II were, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proud of all the times you fought those menacing ghosts while playing Pac-Man as a kid. Now, you can commemorate your valiant deeds with this on this bomber jacket from Blues Heroes. Read More >>

clothing
Aerochromics Pollution-sensing Shirts Might Keep Your Lungs Clean

A range of clothing that says it can detect low air quality in your surroundings has the lofty ambition of becoming a "sixth sense" for mankind, letting the urban warrior of today take refuge inside a cool building when high levels of carbon monoxide or particulate pollution make their shirt change colour. Read More >>

wtf
Embrace Your Inner Crazy Cat Person With This Kitty-Carrying Hoodie

Inspired by marsupials like kangaroos, Unihabitat’s new Summer Mewgaroo Hoodie comes with an oversized pocket on the front and dangling pom-poms for entertaining a kitty. It’s sure to take you one dangerous step closer to becoming the crazy cat person you’re always mocking. Read More >>

environment
This Slick Rain Jacket is Made of 21 Plastic Bottles

The synthetic compounds that help the fabrics used in rain jackets repel moisture have an unfortunate downside: they don’t naturally break down and are far from environmentally friendly. It’s kind of the ugly secret of the performance wear world, but Columbia has finally come up with an eco-friendly waterproof alternative. Read More >>

tools
Outdoor Clothing Brand Turns its Labels Into Stainless Steel Survival Tools

To help reinforce the idea that its clothing is designed for rugged outdoor adventures, Columbia is turning the informational hang tags on some of its garments into stainless steel survival tools that do everything from cut wood, to fix clothing tears, to filter water. Read More >>