10 Jun

Our Favourite Ethical Hats and Sustainable Hair Accessories

From beanies and bucket hats to precious hair clips and festival panamas, hats and hair accessories seem to be everywhere on social media recently—but don’t call it a comeback. Accessorising is great all year round, especially if they’re ethical and sustainable hair accessories. They’re a chic complement to any outfit, and some even help to protect your lovely face from the sun.

So, even if you’re “not a hat person,” below you can find a treasure trove of eco-friendly finds including TAMGA’S (CA) gorgeous take on the head-scarf revival and cute, quick-drying scrunchies from Elle Evans (AU). But, if turns out you are a hat person, we’ve got you covered with everything from traditional staple pieces to eccentric must-have finds like Underprotection’s (Denmark) out-of-the-box Manon bucket hat. With that, we hope you enjoy.

Hats

Afends

Rated: Good
Army green Afends sustainable hat

Classic Hemp 6 Panel Cap – Ships internationally from Australia

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Afends – Site-wide

Shop your new wardrobe essentials by AFENDS, a  Byron Bay-based brand, born in 2006 and leading the way in hemp fashion. Exclusive 15% off with code WELCOMEGY20. (Ends: 17 OCT)

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Black and white shot of the BROCCOLI Magazine and Afends fashion collaboration.

Afends – Broccoli Collab

The collab everyone has been waiting for: Afends x Broccoli Magazine. Cut from hemp and organic cotton. Step into a new dimension with this super limited capsule. Exclusive 15% off with code GOODBROCCOLI. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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Two people outdoors wearing recycled Afends collection clothes.

Afends – Recycled Collection

Explore Afends' Recycled Collection, created with recycled and organic cotton. From pants to tees and sweats, featuring a slew of new prints. Exclusive 20% off with code RECYCLED20. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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Afends is an Australia-based fashion brand leading the way in organic hemp fashion, using renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact. The Classic Hemp 6 Panel Cap was made for the minimalist. Constructed from lightweight hemp canvas, this sustainable hat will stay nice and sturdy on your head no matter what comes your way!

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Patagonia

Rated: Good
Unisex sustainable bucket hats by Patagonia

Wavefarer™ Bucket Hat– Ships internationally from the US

Do we even need to talk up Patagonia anymore? The brand is a leader in sustainable and ethical fashion and it truly lives and breathes the great outdoors. It makes clothing for trail running, climbing, mountain biking, surfing, skiing, and snowboarding. Patagonia has strong labour rights and uses recycled, rather than virgin, polyester. It has also committed to reducing its energy use and emissions. This unisex summer must-have is serving up some serious coolness for any outdoor adventure.

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Shop Patagonia @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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Plant Faced Clothing

Rated: Good
Plant Faced organic beanie in oat

Plant Faced Organic Beanie in Oat – Ships internationally from the UK

Streetwear without sweatshops – that’s the motto of this 100% plant-based, ethical, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand. Plant Faced uses 100% vegan materials as well as some eco-friendly materials including organic cotton, and it creates high-quality, long-lasting products. Rock this classic super comfy, vegan AND sustainable beanie on cooler days knowing you are doing no harm to our animal friends.

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HYER GOODS

Rated: Good
beanie and side view of person in beanie by Hyer Goods

Better Beanie in Green Apple – Ships internationally from the US

HYER GOODS is an NY-based, leather goods label that curates hand-made products by upcycling “trash”. Bringing you a revamped beanie 2.0, its Better Beanie is locally made in NYC, using upcycled luxury leftovers from local waste. Available in 16 gorgeous limited edition colours, it is naturally breathable, insulating and durable, made from 100% Italian Merino Wool. All without getting plastics involved!

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
woman wearing grey recycled bucket hat by Girlfriend Collective

Cove Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the US

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury clothes made with certified fair labour, certified by the Social Accountability Standard International SA8000. The brand uses eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Get your head in and around this staple bucket hat made from recycled and organic cotton! Inclusively sized Girlfriend Collective offers products from 2XS-6XL.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Girlfriend Collective @ thegreenlabels.

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WAWWA

Rated: Good
bucket hat in orange by WAWWA

Bucket hat – Ships internationally from the UK

WAWWA aims to make clothing that puts the Earth and its inhabitants first by creating organic, fairtrade, and vegan friendly clothing with a positive social impact. It uses eco-friendly materials including recycled materials, low impact non-toxic dyes and reuses its offcuts to minimise textile waste. Crafted from waxed cotton with a matte finish, the Bucket hat comes in 7 funky colours to keep you dry in style!

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Happy Earth

Rated: Good
Man in ethical polar cap by Happy Eath

Polar Bear Organic Hat – Ships internationally from the US

Happy Earth Apparel is a US organic clothing brand that works to give back, inspired by nature and dedicated to preserving it. This B Corporation certified brand makes the planet a better place with every purchase. Through its partnerships with non-profits and Happy Earth ambassadors, it’s planting trees, fighting climate change, and cleaning up trash. The Polar Bear Organic Hat is working to make unsustainable headwear a thing of the past! Made from certified, ethically grown organic cotton, this unisex staple is perfect for any activity.

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The Common Good Company

Rated: Great
man wearing red beanie made from recycled materials by The Common Good Company

Rex – 100% Recycled Beanie Tomato – Ships internationally from Australia

The Common Good Company produces clothing using recycled materials, proving that there is not only a better way to produce but a better way to consume. This bright red beanie is made from Repreve® yarn which is spun from 100% recycled water bottles. “Despite being far-shun, they are also super warm and super comfy.” Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-14.

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Shop The Common Good Company.

tentree

Rated: Good
Ethical festival hat by tentree

Festival Hat – Ships internationally from Canada

Whether it’s festival season, camping season, or cosy season, this recycled wool hat is an every season kind of thing. Made from 100% recycled wool, it features an unstructured round brim and minimal cork brand detail. tentree is a Canadian sustainable lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The certified B-Corp brand has already helped to remove tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and reforested over 5,000 hectares of land (that’s equal to 12,000 football fields). Wow!

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Unrecorded

Rated: Good
Woman in light blue sustainable bucket hat by Unrecorded

Bucket Hat in Dusty Blue – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Ethically made in Ponte, Portugal, this branded, unisex bucket hat is minimal and cool in all the best ways. Made from 290 grams of GOTS certified organic cotton, this piece can be found in khaki, black, and dusty blue. Unrecorded is an independent clothing brand from the Netherlands that represents a new wave of unisex brands that are rebelling against the nature of fast fashion. As you can see, Unrecorded is passionate about style, and produces lots of effortless cool pieces for all your wardrobe needs.

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Dazey LA

Rated: Good
woman wearing colourful print bucket hat by Dazey LA

Prismatic Hands Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the US

Dazey LA is an art apparel and accessories brand that features hand drawn designs inspired by ’70s posters and vintage graphic art, like on this colourful Prismatic Hands Bucket Hat! Find most of the range in sizes S-2XL, or shop extended sizes up to 4XL.

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Shop Dazey LA @ Curate.

Shop Dazey LA.

Kampos

Rated: Good

Bao Hat – Ships internationally from Italy

Kampos is an Italian luxury brand that believes in creating a world with integrity and conscience now and for future generations. The brand aims to raise awareness of over-fishing and marine pollution and offers consumers unique pieces that are made of recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets and sustainable and organic fabrics. Find most products in sizes XS to 2XL.

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Shop Kampos.

Dedicated

Rated: Great

Bucket Hat Tie Dye Multi Color – Ships internationally from Sweden

If you love a great graphic print, Swedish label Dedicated has you covered. Dedicated is an ethical streetwear brand for men, women, and children. All cotton used in its pieces are 100% organic and most are Fairtrade-certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style. Find the clothes in XS-XL.

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Shop Dedicated.

Shop Dedicated @ Earthkind.

NIKIN

Rated: Good
Simple sustainable beanie by NIKIN

Folded Polylana Sleek Beanie in Beige – Ships internationally from Switzerland

If you’re the kind of person who likes to wear their morals, look no further. Not only is a tree planted every time you purchase a NIKIN product, you also get to show your tree pride! Made ethically in Poland, this folded sleek beanie can be found in an array of colours, including this timeless beige so you can look great and keep your head warm.

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Komodo @ Staiy

Rated: Good
Sustainable unisex bucket hats by Komodo

Bucky Reversible Unisex Hat– Ships internationally from the UK

UK brand Komodo puts people and the planet first with its ethically-sourced and eco-friendly range of menswear and womenswear. The label uses some eco-friendly materials including GOTS-certified cotton and hemp, and ensures that most of its suppliers pay a living wage to their workers. The brand’s bucky hat is the essential season accessory! Versatile and sustainable, it’s made from eco-fibres to fit with all your summer vibes.

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Shop Komodo @ Staiy.

Shop Komodo.

Vitamin A

Rated: Good
Woman in woven sustainable bucket hat by Vitamin A

Cannes Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the US

Simply a stunner. Skip the sunburn and look good in this cute hand-woven recycled straw bucket hat. Made locally in California, Vitamin A’s collections of swimwear and loungewear use a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, including recycled nylon. The brand also uses a waterless process to print its designs with, reducing its chemical and water usage. Love!

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Underprotection

Rated: Good
Sustainable pink bucket hat by Underprotection

Manon Bucket Hat in Peony – Ships worldwide from Denmark

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Underprotection – Site-wide

Combining ethics with aesthetics, this Danish brand makes glamorous lingerie, swimwear, and loungewear you'll love. Get 1 pair of free tights with orders of €100+. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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So cute! Underprotection’s fun take on the classic bucket hat is serving all the sweetness for this summer. What’s even cooler is that the hat is made in the same material as the brand’s swimwear, which means it will dry fast in case of getting wet. As always, this Danish brand seamlessly combines ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from sustainable materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton.

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Shop Underprotection @ LVR Sustainable.

Pop My Way

Rated: Great

Hat in Oatmeal – Ships internationally from the UK

Pop My Way is a GOTS certified brand that features mix and match baby essentials that are designed to "pop" onto the garment. This UK brand's modular and versatile designs take the stress out of getting your little one dressed with mix and match elements you can switch in and out for ease or occasion.

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Mini Rodini

Rated: Great
Sustainable Children's Hat by Mini Rodini

Peony Print Organic Cotton Hat – Ships internationally from Sweden

Mini Rodini offers sustainable baby and kids clothes, accessories, and more. It is certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. This lovely peony print hat is perfect for any warm weather occasion!

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Shop Mini Rodini @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Mini Rodini Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Mini Rodini Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Mini Rodini.

Hair accessories

TAMGA Designs

Rated: Good
Woman in Tamga Designs Hair Scarf

Ophelia Scarf – Ships internationally from Canada

TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. TAMGA offers a range of tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories made from 100% Micro TENCEL® and LENZING™ ECOVERO™. The playful Ophelia scarf adds a touch of romance and charm to any outfit. Wear it around the hair, tie it on your neck, or loop it on a bag for a pop of colour!

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Jyoti – Fair Works

Rated: Good
Woman in Jyoti sustainable headband in terracotta

Headband SUREKHA Rust – Ships within Europe from Germany

For those living in Europe, you’re lucky enough to be able to get your hands on the beautiful 100% GOTS cotton products created by Jyoti. Truly embodying ethical fashion practices, this German company provides employment for people from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in India. This fine headband constructed from fabric remnants is your perfect companion for cold and warm days.

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éclipse

Rated: Great
eclipse unisex headband in aqua

Unisex Headband in Aqua – Ships internationally from the US

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories to help keep the whole family sunsafe. It manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint, and its entire product range is vegan-friendly! This unisex, sustainable hair accessory is made in small batches in Colorado and comes in lots of colours for the whole family. Love!

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Miakoda

Rated: Great
Sustainable hair scrunchies by Miakoda

The Zero Waste Scrunchie – Ships internationally from the US

Sometimes, you just need a good scrunchie to spice up your life. Miakoda’s Zero Waste Scrunchie does just that and more, extending the life of fabric scraps that would otherwise end up in landfills. This sustainable hair accessory is created during the cutting process of the brand’s garment production and utilises elastic that’s been sitting in their office for over a year with no use. Amazing!

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Mila.Vert

Rated: Great
Woman in Mila.Vert Cupro Hair Scarf

Cupro Scarf and Face Cover – Ships internationally from Slovenia

Offers

Someone wearing a white dress and beige trench coat ethically made by Mila.Vert.

Mila.Vert – Site-wide

Contemporary classics designed for those in search of a kinder lifestyle. Crafted in the EU and PETA approved. 10% off with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 3 OCT)

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Classy, timeless, and sustainable. This minimalist scarf will become your new staple. It comes in a beautiful square-shape with clean edges and fashions a fine, super soft, and silky grey fabric that makes it a joy to wear. It can be worn either as a regular scarf, headscarf, or even as a face mask—the options are endless. The scarf is made from cupro, a sustainable material produced from cotton waste within a closed loop system.

Want to know more? Check out our material guide on cupro.

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Elle Evans

Rated: Great
Woman in sustainable scrunchie by Elle Evans

Moss Scrunchie Three Pack – Ships internationally from Australia

Enjoy the little things. Keep your locks in check both in and out of the water with these quick-drying scrunchies made from the brand’s leftover recycled nylon fabric. Founded in 2013, Elle Evans Swimwear creates beautiful, sustainable, swimwear and activewear for people who care about fashion and the future. The brand uses post-consumer waste fabrics and traces all of its supply chain.

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Luna + Sun

Rated: Good

Ahimsa Scrunchie – Ships internationally from Australia

Luna + Sun is an Australian, cruelty-free fashion line creating gorgeous feminine designs. Its factory is certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, and its products are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-18.

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Anekdot

Rated: Good
Passion Hair Ties 6 pack from Anekdot

Passion Hair Ties – Ships internationally from Germany

Featuring knot closure that won’t rip your hair, get these minimal Passion Hair Ties crafted from high quality cutting room scraps in soft pink, bright red and burgundy. Responsibly made in Berlin using sustainable materials, Anekdot offers this essential pack in a set of 6.

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And that’s it! We hope this guide provided some helpful hints on how to keep your head happy without needing to sacrifice your ethics.

Editor's note

Feature image via Unrecorded, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet, and animals. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated "Good" or "Great". We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands. We may earn a commission on sales with top-rated partners made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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