On with our hats! Summer, and its burning UV rays, doesn't end till September 21, so whether you're boating, hiking or beaching, or marching back to school or work, don't forget to pack and wear a little sustainable shade.

For babies and toddlers; a cute organic cotton white floppy brimmer from Kidbean.

Organic cotton, wool and recycled hats and visors for the whole family are at Patagonia, including this trans-seasonal wool blend with a brim:

Raffia, harvested from palm trees without harming them, is an affordable balmy look.

Groovy slouchy hats of hemp, farmed without pesticides, are yours at Rawganique.

Seagrass, another natural, replenishing material, makes natty at Sun Protective Clothing.

Haut UPF straw hats block 98 percent of UV rays, from Coolibar.

Or DIY a woven lauhala, Hawaiian style.

This article originally appeared in Plenty in August 2008. The story was added to MNN.com in July 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2008

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