Our Favourite Ethical Hats and Sustainable Hair Accessories
Whimsy + Row sustainable hair clips
10 Jun
Whimsy + Row sustainable hair clips

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 Whimsy + Row’s (US) stunning take on the hair clip 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

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 @ Labell-D.

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Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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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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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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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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.

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Vitamin A

Rated: Great
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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Adidas

Rated: Good
Mini logo classic Adidas hat in black

Mini Logo Relaxed Hat in Black – Ships internationally from Germany

Adidas is one of the largest sportswear makers in the world. The company has set some good environmental and labour standards, including an absolute target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations. This updated take on the brand’s classic ball cap is perfect for any streetwear, activewear, or casual-wear you may be sporting in the near future. Cool!

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Shop Adidas @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Adidas Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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nu-in

Rated: Good
Woman in sleek, seamless beanie by nu-in

Roll Hem Fine Knit Beanie in Black – Ships internationally from Sweden

nu-in is a European brand that features activewear, loungewear, and underwear collections, as well as trend-led men’s and women’s ranges. It prioritises the planet by using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, and reuses offcuts to minimise textile waste. The Roll Hem beanie is made ethically in Portugal from 25% upcycled cotton, 45% recycled PET, and 30% TENCEL™. Style it up or down for all of your chilly weather needs.

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Underprotection

Rated: Good
Sustainable pink bucket hat by Underprotection

Manon Bucket Hat in Peony – Ships worldwide from Denmark

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.

Mini Rodini (0-11 years)

Rated: Good
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.

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Hair accessories

TAMGA Designs

Rated: Great
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: Good
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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milo+nicki

Rated: Great
Silky sustainable hair scarf by milo + nicki

Zero-waste Headband – Ships internationally from the US

Offers

ethical masks by milo nicki

milo+nicki – Face Masks

Hand-dyed face masks made of banana fabric, cupro, or handwoven Italian linen from post-production scraps. Exclusive 25% off face masks with code MNXGOODONYOU25. (Ends: 1 JUL)

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woman wearing patterned jacket by milo nicki

milo+nicki – Tops and Jackets

Inspired by milo+nicki's ties to culture and family, these tops and jackets are a true labour of love that can be worn year round. Exclusive 25% off tops and jackets with code MNXGOODONYOU25. (Ends: 1 JUL)

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woman wearing white boho jumpsuit by milo + nicki

milo+nicki – Jumpsuits

The only sustainable jumpsuit you need, with a timeless silhouette that transcends seasons and can be worn 7+ ways! Exclusive 25% off jumpsuits with code MNXGOODONYOU25. (Ends: 1 JUL)

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royal blue sustainable dress by milo and nicki

milo+nicki – Dresses

Ever heard of banana waste fabric? That's what makes these unique dresses soft and versatile enough to party in or slumber in. Exclusive 25% off dresses with code MNXGOODONYOU25. (Ends: 1 JUL)

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milo+nicki makes cruelty-free, ethically-designed, eco-conscious womenswear with Indian & Zambian roots. The US brand is a leading advocate for better labour rights! The Zero-Waste Headband can be worn like a traditional headband, tied in a ponytail, or even worn around your wrist. This lovely sustainable hair accessory is gorgeously crafted from leftover handwoven banana waste fabric and GOTS certified organic cotton and is made with plant based dyes.

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Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainably made hair clip by Whimsy + Row

Machete Grande Heirloom Claw – Ships internationally from the US

Of course we had to include some must-have hairclips. Whimsy + Row has done it again, featuring the cutest sustainable hair accessories on the market, including a number of hairclip styles. This tortoise checker hair claw is elegant and reinforced, designed to stay in your closet for seasons to come!

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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

woman wearing black eco-friendly pencil skirt by Mila.Vert

Mila.Vert – Skirts

Comfortable to wear and easy to style skirts, perfect for every working environment and for casual occasions. 10% off skirts with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 16 JUN)

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woman wearing cream ethically made top by Mila.Vert

Mila.Vert – Tops

Timeless, minimal, and chic tops with sophisticated details that give your outfits a modern feel. 10% off tops with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 16 JUN)

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woman wearing sustainable cream dress by Mila.Vert

Mila.Vert – Dresses

Mila.Vert’s beautiful dresses are easy to wear, versatile, and always make you look and feel your best. 10% off dresses with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 16 JUN)

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woman wearing striped sustainable blouse by Mila.Vert

Mila.Vert – Shirts and Blouses

No matter the occasion: these exquisite and elegant shirts and blouses are ready to bring in versatility this season! 10% off shirts and blouses with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 16 JUN)

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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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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 Whimsy + Row, 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 more than 3,000 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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