The Hong Kong sun can be more than unforgiving – even with sunscreen on a cloudy day, many of us can still get sunburnt from those harmful UV rays.
Of course, the climate crisis only contributes to the harshness of our city’s notorious summers, but that doesn’t mean we should just stay inside and miss out on all the fun! Read on for our picks of the cutest sustainable sun hats and visors for a well-protected summer outing.
Prana: Genevieve Sun Hat
If there’s one thing we know about the Hong Kong seaside, it’s that things can get incredibly windy – which is when the drawcord of this minimalist sun hat comes into play.
But that’s not the best thing about this floppy darling; made of hemp paper and recycled polyester, the Genevieve Sun Hat from Prana, a “clothing for positive change” advocate, is lightweight, wearable and strong with UPF 50+ protection.
Available at Prana
Bagtazo: Tin Can Beach Hat
Just because you’re going to the beach doesn’t mean you can’t still be classy and stylish. Created by Filipino-American environmentalist designer and founder Coco Bagtazo, this sun hat is an elevated classic handmade from sheer braided hemp, featuring a natural silk tie that keeps your hat in place.
The brand also works with materials from verifiable sources, continually strives towards sustainability and regularly donates to grassroots and mutual aid funds, as well as Planned Parenthood.
Available at Bagtazo
Janessa Leoné: Wes Hat
A short-brimmed bucket style with a tall crown, the Wes Hat is braided and sewn with natural raffia for strength and durability. It comes in three staple colours – chocolate, natural white and black – to go with any summer outfit.
We also love that Janessa Leoné is a brand guided by conscious consumption, especially in terms of environmental impact and sustainability.
Available at Janessa Leoné
Ceremonia: Palm Leaf Sun Visor
This handwoven sun visor is probably the most summery headwear to ever exist! Crafted from palm leaf, cotton and nylon, it comes with a one-size-fits-most elastic band.
This BIPOC, women-owned brand also ensures it is made of sustainable and vegan materials, so we can keep on enjoying those beautiful sunny days without worrying more than we already do about the planet.
Available at Ceremonia
Girlfriend Collective: 50/50 Bucket Hat
Designed with 50 percent Texloop RCOT™ recycled cotton and 50 percent organic cotton, this classic bucket hat from Girlfriend Collective comes in six different colours to fit any aesthetic. Of course, our favourite is the muted banana yellow – it just screams summer!
The best part is, Girlfriend Collective is a fair trade label and its recycled fabric is Oeko-Tex-certified, so you know they’ve got a conscience too.
Available at Girlfriend Collective
Caminito: Sombra Sun Hat
Handmade from woven palm leaves and vegetable-tanned leather by skilled artisans in Mexico, this shady sun hat features a hand-drawn sun pattern that is both subtle and unique – just a little bit of fun detail to help you step up your beach game!
We also adore that the San Francisco-based Caminito is a women-owned label and uses sustainable materials to craft its summery collection.
Available at Caminito
Sign up for the 8Shades weekly newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox!