In the market for some ethical gloves, hats, or scarves this winter? I don’t blame you, it’s been blooming cold! The good news is I’ve rounded up some of my ethical favourites for you so you don’t have to search too hard.

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We experienced our first big frost of the season here in Edinburgh last week. It caught me by surprise, and I had to dig out my trusty hat and scarf from the back of the wardrobe to help keep me warm when I’m out and about.  

Sadly my poor hands were freezing cold. I’m in dire need of some new gloves, after losing my trusty pair on the bus to work. As such, I’ve been searching online for some new ethical gloves.

Guide to Ethical Gloves, Hats and Scarves

A person wearing a hat and scarf in winter, with a blue text box that says your big guide to ethical hats, scarves and gloves.

If you’re in need of an ethical winter warmer too then here is my round-up of some of my favourite ethical gloves. As an added bonus, I’ve also included the ethical winter hats and scarves that I’ve come across in my search.

People Tree

People Tree ethical hats and gloves

Fairtrade stalwarts People Tree* always has a great collection of hats, gloves, and scarves for womn. These ethical gloves (£20) and hat (£20) pictured above, for example, are hand knitted in 100% pure wool. What’s more, all of their accessories are all independently verified as Fairtrade by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO).

These stylish accessories are made by People Tree’s Fair Trade producer partner KTS. This producer enables over 2000 hand knitters, mainly women, to earn a fair price for their work and to receive technical training. People Tree says that KTS’s profits are put back into the KTS community, including the running of an orphanage and school for 250 children.


Finisterre ethical scarf

Finisterre* has a great selection of ethical gloves, hats, and scarves for both men and women.

All of Finisterre’s wool is produced sustainably with the quality of the material and the welfare of the animals that grow it being Finisterre’s top priority. Their wool is only sourced from non-mulesed sheep, and all their products are ethically made.

If you’d rather avoid wool products, then do keep your eye out for fleece scarves made from recycled polyester.  These are Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certified, which independently certifies that the fabric is indeed made from recycled materials.

What’s more, in 2018 Finisterre made a commitment to eradicate all single-use non-degradable plastic across their entire range. As such, everything from the swing tag on your item to the bag you receive your order in is plastic-free.

Seasalt’s Ethical Gloves and Scarves

seasalt snood

Ethical retailer Seasalt* – the first fashion company to achieve Soil Association Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification back in 2005 – has a great seasonal range of ethical hats, gloves, and snoods, rather than scarves made from natural fibre blends.

Seasalt now ships their products plastic-free, which is also a great move.


devold ethical gloves and hats

Devold* is a Norwegian brand that specialises in wool-based jumpers and accessories, such as hats, gloves, and mittens that keep you warm in winter, even when the mercury is plummeting. Ethically made in Norway, from 100% organic merino wool that is free from mulesing,

Buy Devold’s ethical hats and gloves in the UK via Alpinetrek*.

Colorful Standard

colorful standard ethical scarves

If it is an ethical scarf that you are looking for, then do try Colorful Standard*. With more colour options than you could shake a stick at, their scarves are made from recycled merino wool. What’s more, the wool has been dyed using environmentally friendly dyes that are Oeko-Tex Certified. This means that they have been independently verified as being free from harmful chemicals.

I keep this page updated as I come across more great ethical finds. It was last updated in February 2022, so it’s bang up to date.

If you are looking for more cold-weather inspiration then look no further! I also have a guide devoted to ethical hats and ethical coats and jackets to help keep you warm this winter.

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