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Fashion, Life & Style

Stylish Ethical Hats For Autumn

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 ethical hats

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.

Gudrun Sjoden

Gudrun Sjoden ethical hats

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.  

Hilary Grant

ethical hats autumn

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

ethical hats wonky woolies

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!   

Fashion, Life & Style

10 Ethical Backpacks

ethical backpacks and rucksacks uk

ethical backpacks and rucksacks uk

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

1. Fjallraven Re-Kanken Backpack

fjallraven re-kanken ethical 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.  It’s €89.95 direct from Fjallraven.

2. Baggu Recycled Canvas Backpack

baggu ethical backpack uk

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 (2019 edit: it’s no longer available on eBay – but I have found it on Amazon* instead).

3. Timbuk2 Leader Backpack

timbuk2 leader ethical backpacks

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, and 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

Trakke Fingal Rucksack

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

M-24 ethical backpacks

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.

Check out their tarpaulin backpacks online, where there are a whole host of colours and patterns available, from £75.

6. Matt & Nat Recycled Vegan Backpack

matt and nat vegan backpack

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. What Daisy Did Brooklyn Backpack

ethical rucksack uk

If you are looking for a bag with an added feel-good factor then look no further than Northampton based What Daisy Did.

Their wayfarer collection of bags are made in the UK from high grade recycled ex-military materials, such as waxed canvas. These materials are 99% locally sourced, and they say that where it hasn’t been possible to source recycled components they have tried to source new components from local manufacturers.  They also offer employment to local homeless and vulnerable people.

2019 update – the What Daisy Did shop is sadly now closed.

8. Patagonia Ironwood Backpack

patagonia recycled polyester backpack

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.

This Ironwood 20L Backpack (£55) is made from 600-denier 100% recycled polyester.

9. Hawthorn Compact Rucksack

hawthorn ethical backpacks uk

If you’re not an outdoorsy type, and just want a stylish backpack for transporting your laptop and lunch to work then check out Hawthorn.

All Hawthorn rucksacks are ethically made in east London, from British waxed canvas, vegetable tanned leather and organic cotton, and Hawthorn say that they are so confident in the quality of our construction that every rucksack comes with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing faults.

2019 update – sadly Hawthorn rucksacks are no longer available.

10. Millican Roll Pack

millican recycled rucksack gorse

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.

If you found this post useful then you might also enjoy my guide to ethical clothing brands for women and ethical clothing brands for men.