There’s a definite nip in the air and a decidedly satisfying crunch underfoot, and you’ll rarely see me without a cup of tea in hand. I’m no fortune teller but I would say it’s pretty much time to dig out hats and scarfs and other cold weather gear in anticipation of the shifting seasons.
This year I’m digging out my old favourites, but 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.
Finisterre, a B Corp certified business, make cosy, functional and stylish knitwear, including ethical hats, made from 100% natural fibres that are built to last.
I have a couple of pieces that were gifted to me two years ago that still look as good as new, despite being worn pretty much every day over two winters. Should they ever need repair, it’s reassuring to know that Finisterre offers a repair service, whereby Finisterre’s repair gurus – Annie, Amy, and Ally – will work their magic, making your gear look like new.
Like the feel and the cosy factor of cashmere, but lack the budget? Me too, my friend, me too. Thankfully, ethical pioneers Gudrun Sjoden sell beautifully coloured recycled cashmere hats for £29, meaning you can enjoy the luxury look for less.
Orkney based Hilary Grant design beautiful knitwear which is as Scottish as you can get. Her products are produced from mulesing-free lambswool sourced from the Scottish Borders. The fibres are then spun and dyed on the east coast of Scotland, before Hilary and her team works their magic in Orkney.
Scarves, hats, gloves, and blankets are Hilary’s speciality, in a range of stunning patterns and colourways, all in the softest lambswool. Throw one of her hats or scarves on and I’ll swear you’ll never want to take it off!
Wonky Woolies are a new company to me, specialising in the highest quality knitted bobble hats, scarves and infinity bands, all of which are designed, knitted and hand finished in their Scottish Borders workshop. From funky patterns to classic argyle patterns, there’s something for everyone.
Some products are made from acrylic wool, but a high proportion are made from natural fibres – so do keep that in mind when you are browsing if 100% natural fibres are important to you.
If you come across any other ethical hats, then as always let me know in the comments below!
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!
Looking for an ethical backpack? Well, lucky you, because I have done a bit of research and found ten lovely ethical backpacks for men and for women for your consideration:
10 Ethical Backpacks
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1. Fjallraven Re-Kanken Backpack
If you are looking for something practical to tote along your daily belongings, then Fjallraven has pretty much cornered the market judging by the number I see around Edinburgh every day!
The Fjallraven Re-Kanken* vegan backpack is made entirely from polyester recycled from plastic bottles, and can even be recycled at the end of its life. Expect to shell out around £80.
2. Baggu Recycled Canvas Backpack
If you’re looking for a backpack for weekend day trips, then try this jaunty Baggu Recycled Canvas Backpack. It’s available online in the UK on eBay for £28 (2020 edit: it’s no longer available on eBay – but I have found it on Amazon* instead).
3. Timbuk2 Leader Backpack
If you’re in the market for something a little more outdoorsy then this Timbuk2 Leader Backpack, available direct from Timbuk2 UK for £84, might do the trick? All Timbuk2 products have a lifetime warranty and are hand-sewn in the US. What’s more, there is the opportunity to buy spare parts if you need to replace something on your bag.
2019 update – the backpack is no longer available on the Timbuk2 website and shipping to the UK is quite pricey. The best UK selection of Timbuk2 bags I have found is on Amazon*.
4. Trakke Fingal Backpack
If you are looking for something produced a little more locally, Trakke bags are handmade in Glasgow using durable materials sourced within the UK.
This Fingal rucksack (£120) is made from waxed canvas and can be re-waxed when required. It’s sure to be a trusty travel companion for decades to come.
5. M-24 Recycled Tarpaulin Backpack
If you want a bag that turns heads then check out M-24. M-24 make unique and incredibly sturdy ethical backpacks, manufactured in the UK from recycled truck tarpaulins and used seat belts.
If you are looking for something, pretty, smart, and vegan then do check out Matt and Nat. Matt and Nat’s range of vegan bags are made responsibly and are lined with 100% recycled nylon.
This Matt and Nat Brave bag in azure, available at ASOS*, is currently reduced to £68.60.
7. Stubble & Co
Stubble & Co’s Adventure Bag, made largely from recycled plastic, is built for anything you can throw at it. Weatherproof and made with comfort and ease of access in mind, this is a bag you can take anywhere.
Not all parts of the bag are made from recycled plastic – Stubble & Co have only compromised with new materials when the recycled elements would have impacted on the durability of the bag. The parts made from recycled materials have passed stringent performance tests, so you can be sure that your bag is built to last.
The inside of the bag is as clever as the outside. There are an array of organised compartments for all of your belongings, for quick and easy packing and access. You’ll find special compartments for your shoes, your carry on toiletries, your laptop, your water bottle and even a special compartment for your bank card! Sounds cavernous? You can carry everything you need for a week or more in the Adventure Bag, and still take it as a carry-on piece of luggage on most major airlines.
If you want real peace of mind when you buy a backpack then definitely cast your eyes towards Patagonia. Click on the returns and repair section of Patagonia’s website and you’re presented with a reassuring statement informing you that “you can return Items(s) you bought on Patagonia.com within 100 years of the date of receipt of the Item(s). For returns past 100 years, please see our IronClad Guarantee“. You can then return it for repair, replacement, or refund. They also offer a recycling program for added green points.
If you’re after a multipurpose bag that will serve you well for weekend trips away, as well as a stylish backpack for transporting your laptop and lunch to work, then do check out Bagmaya.
Available in three colours, their 22L vegan Dakhla Backpack has been ethically handcrafted in Nepal from 100% natural hemp. It has a padded internal compartment for laptops up to 17”, and has handy secret pockets in the back and on the strap – the latter being particularly useful for keeping your bank card or travel pass close to hand on your travels.
For extra environmental points, Baymaya offers free carbon-neutral shipping within the UK in plastic-free packaging, and they also donate 10% of their profits to Yuwa, a Nepalese youth empowerment charity.
It costs £54.95 and comes with a 60-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.
10. Millican Roll Pack
And lastly, Millican makes a lovely range of ethical backpacks for a whole range of purposes, from commuting and short trips to longer excursions.
This 15L roll pack* (£95) is made from “Bionic Canvas” – a weatherproof canvas that is 57% recycled. 33% of the recycled plastic inside the yarn is recovered from shorelines, waterways, and coastal communities.
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