Partner Spotlight: TOPIKU - sustainable hats
I searched for a while looking for a sustainable hat vendor for our hats. When I found Topiku, I was SO impressed at their ingenuity when it came to upcycling materials and even more pleased to see their employment practices.
The idea for Topiku came while its founder, Monty Hasan, was volunteering for a non-profit in his home country of Indonesia. There he visited local villages and met with artisans who were crafting bags from upcycled materials.
Topiku’s hats are created with alternative and responsible material sources. They salvage buckets that would have ended up in landfills and repurpose them into brims. Leather scraps are collected from local businesses, then carefully recut into patches and straps. Fabrics are sourced directly from garment manufacturers' leftover or deadstock textiles, giving new life to materials that would otherwise go to waste.
TOPIKU MEANS "MY HAT" IN INDONESIAN
This circular production process allows them to divert materials from landfills, reducing waste and its environmental impact. By eliminating the need for energy- and water-intensive stages like fiber production, yarn creation, fabric manufacturing, and dyeing, they reduce their carbon footprint.
They prioritize traceable methods to ensure the integrity of their supply chain. Over the years, They’ve nurtured close relationships with their artisans and suppliers, allowing them to have a comprehensive understanding of the conditions throughout the production process.
We’re so happy to partner with other companies that are leading by example and creating sustainable change in business!