By Kara DiCamillo on December 02, 2013

Stay warm all winter long with these comfy recycled hats made from discarded materials.

More companies these days are going to great lengths to ensure that they are leaving a smaller footprint on the earth. In particular, we have seen the fashion industry come a long way over the past 10 years. While there are still plenty of companies out there that could be taking more sustainable action, we are thrilled to highlight brands that are making great strides to reduce their waste output and landfill dependence.

American Apparel recycled winter hat

American Apparel's unisex snow cap

From the slopes to a holiday dinner party, below are five stylish hats made from recycled materials that are guaranteed to keep you warm through your travels this winter.

Unisex snow cap from American Apparel

American Apparel has partnered with numerous textile-recycling companies to turn excess cotton fibers and clippings into high-quality, cotton-blend yarn. In fact, American Apparel’s Los Angeles factory recycles 100,000 pounds of fabric every week, which made the company nearly landfill-free as of 2012. The unisex snow cap is made from a 100% recycled cotton-acrylic blend. ($23)

Fleece beanie hat from The Mouse Works

Mouse Works recycled winter hat

The Mouse Works' fleece beanie

Handmade in the mountains of Virginia, all of the hats made from The Mouse Works are designed from factory castoffs. Additionally, all of the scraps that owner Ryan Williamson produces are then recycled into hat parts, patchwork clothing, tassels or pillow stuffing. He has never thrown any scraps away. The beanie hat has a double-layer polar fleece ear band and comes in a variety of colors. ($18)

re:Awakened recycled winter hat

Re:awakened's striped recycled cashmere hat

Striped recycled cashmere hat from Re:awakened

Nancy Sacova, co-founder of Nancy’s Gone Green, an eco-friendly boutique located near Boston, designs the Re:awakened collection. The Re:awakened line celebrates Nancy’s delight in all things whimsical and pretty, taking recycled materials and transforming them into fresh, feminine looks. Not only do we love that the striped recycled cashmere hat is incredibly comfy, but we also love that the cashmere has been upcycled from sweaters and then washed to become even softer. ($24.99)

Billboard beanie from Burton

Burton recycled winter hat

Burton's billboard beanie

As a snowboarding company, Burton takes climate change seriously. The company has even invited its customers to hold it accountable for its sustainable measures and asks that we continue to challenge it to be better. The Billboard beanie is perfect to wear under your helmet to keep you toasty. It comes in a variety of color combinations and is made from 100% recycled-bottle polyester. ($20)

Patagonia recycled winter hat

Patagonia's shelled hat

Shelled hat by Patagonia

As a leader in the industry, Patagonia is always pushing the envelope as far as using recycled materials in its products. The shelled hat is no different. Designed for kids, it’s wind and water resistant so they can stay outside longer and play in the snow. Made from 100% recycled polyester, the shell is even ripstop fabric, ensuring they keep snuggly warm. ($35)

About the author

In her Newport, RI, community, Kara is the organizer of Green Drinks Newport and a member of Newport's Energy & Environment Commission. Kara volunteers at Norman Bird Sanctuary, and has also volunteered as a panelist for Rhode Island Farmways, speaking to farmers from around the state about how they can better market and promote their businesses.

Beyond the moat that surrounds her island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count, is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and, in real life, she is a public relations director. Kara began her writing career with TreeHugger.com in January 2005 and is currently a contributing writer for TriplePundit, Ecorazzi, EcoSalon and her local Newport Patch.


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