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Yellow 108 Hats

Yellow 108 Hats

You don't need a lot of hats. You just need one really good hat—the kind that only gets better with age, and can be worn for years and years without needing to be replaced or repaired.

But if it's also a hat that's made from salvaged materials saved from the landfill, then you really have a keeper.

Yellow 108 is a five-year old Long Beach, CA company that makes hats and other accessories entirely from salvaged and recycled materials. Rather than source virgin raw materials to make their products, they focus on limited-edition designs made from what other manufacturers throw out.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 5% of what ends up in the landfill each year in the U.S. consists of textile waste. While most of this is made up of old clothing we toss out, a whole lot of it is pre-consumer textile waste thrown out by factories—raw materials that ended up in the dumpster due to overcutting, improper blending, or mistaken dye colors.

As a veterans of the garment industry, Yellow 108 co-founders Lauren Lilly and Jody Collins saw this waste first-hand and wanted to demonstrate a different way forward. They've shown that textile "waste" doesn't have to go to the landfill or be destined for low-grade uses. It can be swept up off the factory floor, repurposed, and turned into fashionable and well-made clothing.

Check their line of sustainably made hats here, and you might just the next one you won't want to leave the house without.


 

Yellow 108 was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Long Beach, CA.

All of its products are made in the U.S. from salvaged and recycled materials.

Yellow 108 is a certified B Corporation. You can read more about their sustainability practices on the B Corp website.


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