A fluffy black deadstock bucket hat by Lucy & Yak.
11 Nov
A fluffy black deadstock bucket hat by Lucy & Yak.

Our 9 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). We love the deadstock fluffy number from Lucy & Yak (UK), Girlfriend Collective’s (US) recycled cotton bucket hats, and the black and white check bucket hat from Afends (Australia). Let’s go.

9 more sustainable bucket hats you’ll love

Underprotection

Rated: Good
woman wearing floral bucket hat by Underprotection

Bianca Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Denmark

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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 fluffy black deadstock bucket hat by Lucy & Yak.

Deadstock Travis Hat – Ships internationally from the UK

To get your fluffy bucket hat fix without the harmful production practices, opt for this deadstock bucket hat made from leftover borg fleece fabric.

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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Unrecorded

Rated: Good
unisex sustainable bucket hats by Unrecorded

Bucket Hat Dusty Blue – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

This basic blue bucket hat is made from an organic cotton twill and embroidered with the Unrecorded logo.

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. Unrecorded is passionate about style, and produces apparel using more eco-friendly materials. Its range includes items that are all year round essentials suitable for any wardrobe, available in sizes XS-2XL.

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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 more eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Inclusively sized Girlfriend Collective offers products from 2XS-6XL.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ LVR Sustainable.

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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 sustainably 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 recycled denim bucket hat by WAWWA.

Recycled Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from the UK

We love WAWWA’s cool recycled denim bucket hat 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 more eco-friendly materials including recycled materials, low-impact 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 forest green organic cotton corduroy bucket hat by Armedangels.

FJAARN Corduroy Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Germany

How gorgeous is this organic cotton corduroy bucket hat in deep green?

Affordable, ethical, 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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Afends

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

VOID Hemp Check Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Australia

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Afends – Menswear

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someone in fitted dress and black jacket by Afends.

Afends – Womenswear

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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% eco-conscious threads.

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Stella McCartney (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good
Two pre-loved Stella McCartney bucket hats via Vestiaire Collective.

Pre-Owned Stella McCartney Bucket Hats – Ships internationally

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition.

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Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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