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A white and yellow striped bucket hat with a chin strap made by Armedangels.
24 Jul
A white and yellow striped bucket hat with a chin strap made by Armedangels.

Our 13 Favourite Responsibly-Made Bucket Hats

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Bucket hats have made a steady comeback in recent years, from practical green for sun protection and camouflage, to sombre black for streetwear, to floral for a bad hair day. Here are our favourite responsibly-made bucket hats from better brands.

Set and forget

In the resurgence of ‘90s fashion in recent years, one strong contender for top spot is the humble bucket hat. Said to be the perfect mix of practical and fashionable, bucket hats are a great go-to for sun protection, accessorising, and hiding bed hair.

Whether the style suits your tastes or not, there’s no denying it is everywhere. And, as with most trends, ultra fast fashion giants like the notorious SHEIN have scooped it up and pumped it out in everything from furry to cat-eared to chequered. But with price tags like £3.50 and material descriptions like “100% polyester” over and over again, it’s clear the conscious consumer can do better.

That’s where these “Good” and “Great” brands creating cool and lower-impact bucket hats come in (when your local second hand shop doesn’t quite deliver). With everything from crocheted to waxed cotton hats and a variety of fun prints, you’re bound to find the best bucket hat for your head.

13 more sustainable bucket hats you’ll love

Underprotection

Rated: Good
woman wearing floral bucket hat by Underprotection

Bianca Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Denmark

The recycled PET plastic Bianca bucket hat is bright and colourful in a floral print, and features a generous rim for that crucial sun protection in the midday heat.

Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from lower-impact materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. All of its packaging, paper, and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable, and it only works with certified factories as it believes “fair working conditions and fair wages are human rights”. Underprotection exists to celebrate women of all kinds, and its goal is to make them feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible.

You can find the full range in XS-XL.

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Lucy & Yak

Rated: Good
A green and cream handmade crocheted deadstock bucket hat by Lucy & Yak.

Crochet Hat – Ships internationally from the UK

To get your crocheted bucket hat fix without the harmful production practices, opt for this unique bucket hat handmade from deadstock cotton yarn.

Independent, handmade, and responsible, we love Lucy & Yak’s playful take on classic garments. With unisex designs for everyone, this UK brand will brighten up your day.

Find pieces inclusively sized in UK 4-32.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
A mahogany recycled and organic cotton bucket hat by Girlfriend Collective.

Mahogany 50/50 Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the US

For outdoor workouts, beach days, or those days when dry shampoo just isn’t cutting it, we love Girlfriend’s recycled and organic cotton blend bucket hat that comes in seven fun colours.

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury clothes made with certified fair labour, certified by the Social Accountability Standard International SA8000. The brand uses lower-impact materials like recycled polyester as well as non-toxic dyes and is fully OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 certified.

Inclusively sized Girlfriend Collective offers products from 2XS-6XL.

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Afends

Rated: Good
A black and white check bucket hat made of hemp by Afends.

VOID Hemp Check Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Australia

A trend within a trend, Afends tackles the black and white check bucket hat responsibly, making it from hardy hemp.

Born in Byron Bay, Afends is a responsible brand leading the way in hemp fashion. Drawing inspiration from the environment, streetwear, and surf culture, Afends’ mission is to create more sustainable clothing through innovation, action, and positive change. As true hemp advocates, they purchased 100 acres of farmland called Sleepy Hollow to grow their own hemp crops and ignite the hemp revolution. Explore their range made from 100% lower-impact threads.

Find most of the range in sizes XS-XL.

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tentree

Rated: Good
An organic cotton beige bucket hat by tentree.

Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Canada

tentree brings us a basic organic cotton bucket hat in neutral shades to match any outfit.

Canadian brand tentree believes big change starts small. Small as in bringing your reusable bag to the grocery store, making fewer, more thoughtful purchases, and choosing to purchase sustainably when you do. The brand plants ten trees for every item purchased to help regenerate ecosystems and provide planting jobs in communities around the world, and has already planted over 65 million trees.

All tentree’s products are created with an Earth-First approach, meaning they’re made in fair, safe working conditions, and constructed using more responsibly-sourced and recycled materials.

tentree’s super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples are typically available from XS-XL.

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WAWWA

Rated: Good
A blue waxed cotton bucket hat responsibly-made by WAWWA.

Waxed Ripstop Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the UK

We love WAWWA’s cool high-quality waxed cotton bucket with a hidden pocket, made in Manchester by workers paid a living wage.

WAWWA aims to make clothing that puts the Earth and its inhabitants first by creating organic, fair trade, and vegan-friendly clothing with a positive social impact. It uses lower-impact materials including recycled materials, uses non-toxic dyes, and reuses its offcuts to minimise textile waste.

Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Armedangels

Rated: Great
A white and yellow striped bucket hat with a chin strap made by Armedangels.

HAALEY Striped Lino Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Germany

How cute is this striped linen chin strap bucket hat?

Innovative, responsible, and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a top score overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men, and kids. Armedangels’ quality and long-lasting pieces are made from lower-impact and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad.

Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Kotn

Rated: Good
A black and grey chequered crocheted bucket hat by Kotn.

Unisex Crochet Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Canada

Here’s a check bucket hat that is both cool and functional, made of 100% breathable BCI cotton.

Certified B Corp Kotn is based in Canada and works with local NGOs on the ground at the Nile Delta to provide every child in their farming communities with quality education, and to help close the gap of low literacy rates amongst communities. With every purchase, not only will you adorn a beautifully made garment, but also help fund school infrastructure, materials, and salaries for teachers.

Find Kotn in sizes XS-2XL.

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Dedicated

Rated: Great
A blue and white sky tie dye bucket hat by Dedicated.

Bucket Hat Tie Dye Blue – Ships internationally from Sweden

This classic bucket hat in a tie dye sky print is perfect for sunny days. It’s made of 100% organic cotton canvas that gives a structured fit.

If you love a great graphic print, Swedish label Dedicated has you covered. Dedicated is a responsible 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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Elk

Rated: Good
A colourful printed bucket hat responsibly-made by Elk.

Emra Silverscreen Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Australia

The Emra Bucket Hat is a playful and practical addition to your wardrobe. It features the popular Jesna print on a durable recycled polyester canvas fabric.

A pioneer of independent Australian design, Elk was founded in Melbourne in 2004. Elk creates bi-annual collections that are informed by a design ethos where simplicity and sustainability meet innovation.

Find most items in AU sizes 6-18.

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Outerknown

Rated: Good
A reversible denim and upcycled shirt bucket hat made by Outerknown.

Project Vermont Beach and Beyond Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the US

Handcrafted from a fusion of upcycled denim and the brand’s best-selling Blanket Shirt fabric, this reversible bucket hat offers both a classic denim-dyed look or a timeless Blanket Shirt pop.

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a responsible brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association.

Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Plant Faced Clothing

Rated: Good
A black recycled polyester drawstring bucket hat by Plant Faced.

Recycled Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the UK

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Step up your headwear game with the return of the bucket hat. This more sustainable stunner is made from 100% GRS certified recycled polyester, making it both stylish and lower-impact.

Streetwear without the sweatshops, that’s the motto of this British 100% vegan and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand that is all about promoting a new wave of consciousness that supports the non-harming or exploitation of any beings in fashion production.

Buy Plant Faced Clothing in sizes XS-2XL.

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Printfresh

Rated: Good
A colourful hot pink and cheetah print bucket hat made by Printfresh.

Bagheera Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the US

If you prefer a bright and larger-brimmed bucket hat this summer, the options from Printfresh are winners. These hats are made from certified organic cotton and carefully crafted by the brand’s artisan partners in India.

US-based Printfresh was founded in 2016 by textile designer and fashion entrepreneur Amy Voloshin and her husband (and business partner) Leo Voloshin. A majority woman-owned business, Printfresh is a collection of sleepwear, apparel, and lifestyle items inspired by plants, animals, and home décor.

Find Printfresh pieces in sizes 2XS-6XL.

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Editor's note

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