We love our new winter hats range for 2022, and hope ewe will too. We believe these beanie and bobble hats are our best yet because we’ve designed them with ewe and the environment in mind.
At Herdy, we work with natural fibres and fabrics wherever possible. That’s why you’ll find Lake District Herdwick wool in our Herdy Sleep mattresses, 100% GOTS organic cotton in our Clothing, and recycled cotton and wool fibres in our new range of Throws.
For our new Beanie and Bobble hats, we knew we wanted them to be as kind as possible to the environment. Inevitably, there is an environmental impact on whichever material you choose, but we feel natural is always best. It might cost a little bit more, but the price, we think, is worth paying.
What’s best for beanie hats: synthetic fibres or natural fibres?
Next time you’re in the market for a new hat, take a closer look at the label on the inside. You might see that it’s made from 100% natural yarns or a blend of fibres. Some natural and some synthetic.
You might ask: why are most hats made from synthetic or a blend of natural and synthetic fibres?
There are a few reasons:
Feel and touch. Manufacturers sometimes blend in synthetic fibres to improve the feel or “handle” of a fabric. Other times, certain synthetic fibres lend additional properties, such as elastane, which makes the fabric more stretchy.
Wear, wash, and performance. Synthetic fibres are generally easier to care for than natural fibres.
Dyeing and colour fastness.
Cost is the main reason. Synthetic fibre is cheaper than natural fibre, meaning lower production costs and lower retail prices.
If we want to do the right thing for our planet, a simple decision like using natural fibres and keeping fibre types separate makes a lot of sense. Natural fibres are breathable, can be readily recycled, and are biodegradable (wool, for example, completely degrades after six months in the ground, breaking down into valuable soil nutrients like nitrogen).
That’s not to say all synthetic fibres are bad for the environment. Some types of plastics can be recycled to make synthetic fibres. This helps reduce the consumption of raw materials and energy, so surely it’s better to create a new use for waste materials rather than sending it to landfill?
Herdy hats: good for ewe and the environment
For the outer layers in our new Beanie and Bobble hats we’ve chosen the finest quality, 100% non-museled, merino wool. Merino wool has a naturally long fibre that gives it a lovely handle and feel, it also makes it very hard wearing. Wool naturally wicks away moisture and keeps you warm, so it’s the perfect choice for hats. And, whilst Merino wool is fine enough to be worn next to the skin, we’ve lined our beanies withsuper soft fleece making them comfortable to wear even on the most sensitive skin. Although this is a synthetic material, it’s made from recycled PET bottles, which makes good use of waste products and benefits the environment.
Doing the right thing when designing and manufacturing products is more important than ever. By buying a Herdy hat, you can feel good knowing that when it reaches its end of life, all the materials used in its make-up can be recycled or re-purposed responsibly.
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