With the safety of sunscreen lotion being called into question lately, now’s probably a good time to think about covering up, rather than slathering up. Start with this outback hat from PAZ — made by hand from recycled canvas previously used to transport Brazilian truckers’ cargo, and trimmed with faux leather made from plant matter by residents of the Amazon Rainforest. It’ll give you chic protection in cities and the great outdoors.

The company’s carbon footprint is much lower than conventional retailers’, all workers are paid a fair wage, and for each PAZ product sold, the company makes a donation to the Rainforest Alliance. For just $85 bucks, that’s a steal.

Story by Tobin Hack. This article originally appeared in Plenty in May 2008. This story was added to MNN.com.

Copyright Environ Press 2008