The Best Ethical Hats For A Sustainable Autumn & Winter

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Looking for a sustainable and ethical hat to keep you cosy through autumn and winter? Read on for my top selections, including recycled wool and vegan-friendly organic cotton options.

There’s a definite nip in the air and a decidedly satisfying crunch underfoot. And you’ll rarely see me without a cup of (plastic-free) tea in hand. I’m no fortune teller but I would say it’s pretty much time to dig out our hats, scarves, jumpers, and other cold-weather gear in anticipation of the shifting seasons.

This year I’m digging out my old favourites. However, if you’re in need of something new then I’ve rounded up four of my favourite stylish ethical hat brands that will keep you cosy and looking sharp over the coming months.

Where to Buy Ethical Hats

Person in yellow hoodie and burgundy hat with a blue text box that reads guide to the best ethical hats.

Keep the chill out with these stylish ethical hats:

Glow Apparel

Person wearing a grey coloured ethical hat from Glow Apparel

Glow Apparel (available at Social Supermarket), is a Black-owned ethical fashion brand looking to make cycling and walking safer for all.

Its stylish beanie hats for men, women and kids can be worn as normal during the day. By night, thanks to clever reflective threads, the hat seamlessly transforms into a high-vis safety accessory after dark. 

The knitwear is handmade by local London women, especially BAMER (Black, Asian, minority ethnic, and refugee) women who often struggle to access the labour market. Glow collaborates with women’s groups to find makers, forming partnerships that empower them economically through a London Living Wage, benefit their well-being and help them fulfil their potential.

What’s more, each hat is made using only guaranteed mulesing-free wool.

Last winter, I bought one each for my daughters so they can be seen in the dark walking to and from school, and I swear it’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought. They positively glow in headlights. I love them so much that I’m going to buy one for myself this winter too!

Colorful Standard

Like the feel and the cosy factor of natural wool, but looking for a more ethical alternative?

Ethical retailer Colorful Standard sells beautifully coloured recycled merino wool beanies and hats for men and women – priced between £32 and 39. Whilst not vegan, using recycled wool means no animal is harmed or treated poorly in the making of your hat.

Colorful Standard specialises in organic wardrobe staples in a myriad of colourways, all ethically made in Portugal. As such, you’ll find hats in every colour of the rainbow, and more. At the time of writing, there are 36 different colours to choose from!

And whilst you might be worried about the environmental impact of all these dyes, you can breathe easily. Colorful Standard says all of the dyes it uses to develop its various shades are all Oeko-Tex Certified. This is an independent verification scheme where its dyes have been thoroughly tested for harmful chemicals.

What’s more, Colorful Standard garment dyes its hats. This means that the hats are first produced, and then dyed according to demand only. This way, Colorful Standard can produce its products without wasting large quantities of dye.

Beaumont Organic

Person wearing a grey wool hat from Beaumont Organic

British ethical clothing brand Beaumont Organic (available at Young British Designers) offers stylish ethical accessories for women.

Its cosy range of hats is made with a blend of super soft baby alpaca wool and recycled sheep’s wool. This is sure to keep your head cosy all autumn and winter long.

As an ethical brand, Beaumont Organic works only with factories that are within the EU, pay fair wages, and provide good working conditions. This means you can be sure your hat is made as ethically as possible.

Use the discount code YBD10 at the checkout for 10% off full-priced orders at Young British Designers.


Person wearing a hat from eco-friendly brand Silverstick

Ethical brand Silverstick (available from Brothers We Stand) offers a good selection of hats for men and women. These include a range of vegan-friendly 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton hats, as well as hats made from cruelty-free British wool, for those that prefer woolly hats.

Silverstick makes its hats in a small family-run living wage factory just outside Nottingham.

As well as being UK made, all of Silverstick’s hats are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. This means its hats are made without the use of harmful chemicals, instead using azo and chlorine-free textile dyes.


Komodo eco-friendly grey recycled wool hat

Promising a hat for every head, Komodo – one of the very first ethical clothing brands – offers a wide range of sustainable headwear, all made from the finest quality organic, eco-friendly and natural fibres. You’ll even get change from £30 – with most options £25 or less.

With options including vegan-friendly 100% organic cotton hats, recycled wool hats, and more, there’s a whole lot of choice.

And as a member of 1% for the Planet, Komodo donates to the Sumatran Orangutan Society. This charity is restoring natural rainforests and ecosystems, through the purchase and repurposing of palm oil plantations.

Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Komodo newsletter.

If you come across any other ethical hats, then as always let me know in the comments below!  And do check out my guide to ethical coats and ethical rucksacks.

ps: here’s a handy guide on how to wash wool so you can give your ethical hats the best possible treatment!

PPS: I have refrained from making any terrible hat puns in this article.  Anyone who knows me will know how difficult this has been for me, so please send your support in this difficult time!   

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