8 Ethical Knit Beanies We Love

The past few years winter has been … unpredictable. Thanks for that, climate change! We’ve witnessed temperature fluctuations of 20+ degrees in less than 24 hours – if you’re in NYC you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. And if the meteorologists are right (big if, I know), then we’re headed for another cold spell this weekend. The good news? BEANIES!! While these chapeaus have become a four season style staple, they do in the colder months have the added function of keeping your head warm. Peruse the list below to see our top picks for ethically knitted beanies.

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Arc'teryx Bird Head Toque

Arc’teryx Bird Head Toque

Okay, technically a “toque” but in our book that’s basically a beanie. This comes in five different colors and is made from a blend of wool and recycled polyester.

model wears eileen fisher pale lavender cashmere blend beanie

Eileen Fisher Cashmere Blend Beanie

Made from a blend of certified organic cotton and recycled cashmere, this hat is as luxurious as it is warm. The ribbed cuff can be styled folded or unfolded; switch from a street style vibe to a chic après-ski look with the turn of a hat.

Sheep Inc yellow merino wool beanie on model

Sheep Inc X Grace Mahary Beanie

Knitted from fine quality merino wool, Sheep Inc’s limited edition yellow and black beanie is part of the label’s collaboration with Grace Mahary. The carbon negative knitwear brand is donation 100% of profits from each beanie sold to Project Thsehigh (PjT), a non profit organisation providing solar energy to underserved communities around the world.

model wears icebreaker quantum beanie

Icebreaker Unisex Merino Quantum Beanie

Is this our HG of beanies? With ear flaps!?! The hat of choice for extra-cold days from the ski slopes to the city streets, the Quantum Beanie features fully lined merino terry fabric with ear flaps for added warmth and protection. Shell: 100% Merino Wool Lining: 60% Lyocell, 40% Merino Wool 

Model wears tentree women's sustainable beanie

TenTree Wool Kurt Beanie

This neutral toned, super soft beanie is made from 100% responsibly sourced wool. Beyond fabric sourcing, Tentree’s sustainability strategy includes planting ten trees for every piece of apparel sold. Do your part for the forests and snag the perfect compliment to any outfit? Yes please! 4 color options

Model wears Cotopaxi Alto beanie in red, fuschia, pink

Cotopaxi Alto Beanie

Remake named Cotopaxi as a sustainable business to support in 2023. The outdoor lifestyle brand, which describes its products as ‘gear for good’, is proof that sporty can be stylish. The Alto Beanie, made from 100% recycled materials, comes in a variety of color combinations, so whether you’re into this pink on pink or something more eclectic, they’ve got you covered.

pangaia Regenerative Merino Wool Beanie

This beanie is made from 100% regenerative NATIVA Merino Wool. Regenerative farming practices aim to restore nature and support the livelihoods of local farmers as well as benefitting animal welfare. The wool is fully traceable from farm to garment. We love how slouchy it is and that it’s big enough to easily pull over our ears.

Model wears Wool and the Gang DIY knitted beanie

Wool and the Gang DIY Beanie

Looking to stay stylish and warm and brag about it? Make your own beanie! Wool and the Gang’s DIY beanie kits offer patterns, yarn and knitting needles, giving you everything you need to craft your own, truly one of a kind cap to sport year round.

–Steph Lawson


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