Real Deal Brazil Amazon Tarp Hat Review

by heather

Can you imagine having a hat that used to travel the winding, wet roads through the Amazon? Can you imagine wearing a hat that was pelted by rain, covered in dirt, and sat on by exotic birds?

Yeah, sounds cool right? Well, it is. Here’s the story of Tarp Hats.

Green Hats From Brazil

When I was first contacted by The Real Deal Brazil hats, I honestly didn’t think they were going to be that cool. After all, I’m not much of a fedora kind of girl. And, how green could they really be, anyway?

Well, we can chalk that up to one of Heather’s “Assumptions Gone Wrong”.

Frank at Real Deal Brazil was kind enough to send me one of their Tarp hats to check out. And, I’m completely in love with it.

What The Heck Is A Tarp Hat?

All the hats that Real Deal Brazil make are from cast off truck tarps (see first pic on left). These tarps covered the back of freight trucks that typically go through the Amazon to Sao Paulo, Brazil. When they start to get ripped and worn out, truckers toss them in landfills.

Well, Real Deal Brazil decided to reuse this material. They hired a local family to start making unique hats and bags from them. Each hat and bag is hand-sewn by Brazilian villagers, and each has its own story to tell.

Everyone benefits here: we get really funky hats, the Brazilian family get jobs paid at a fair wage, and the tarps are given a second life and kept out of landfills.

What’s not to love here?

Product Specs

Real Deal Brazil offers hats in sizes S-XL. I chose a medium, and it fits perfect. I’d imagine the small size would fit children well, and if you go to Real Deal Brazil’s website you’ll see many kids wearing their hats. Most men I think would need a large.

The hats also have a shapable brim, so you can make it look however you want. You can make it into a Texas cowboy hat, an Aussie roll, or let it go “au natural”.

Why I Love The Real Deal Brazil Hat

I love this hat because it’s authentic. And I know that may sound cliche, but it’s really true. No one else in the world has a hat exactly like mine. The stitching, the wear of the tarp, the color, the writing, it’s all different on each hat. So, mine is unique.

I also love it because it’s mysterious. Where did this fabric go when it was a tarp? Did it transport mangoes? Bananas? Brightly-colored fabric?

Every time I put it on I can’t help but wonder at its former life. And, I’ve certainly never done that with a hat made from a factory in China or Taiwan.

It also looks great on. I’ll be posting a picture of me wearing the hat soon, but trust me; this is a hat that will look good on almost anyone. And when you wear it, you get to feel like Indiana Jones.

Update: Here’s me with the Real Deal Brazil hat, and my dog Pep admiring the effect!

Real Deal Brazil hats are also eco-friendly. This material would have been left to rot in a landfill if Real Deal Brazil wasn’t turning it into hats and bags. I love that!

So, there you have it. As you can tell, I’m pretty enthused about these hats, but I think with good reason. They’re definitely worth a looky-loo.

Disclaimer: Everything in this product review is 100% my own opinion. All product specs and sources come from The Real Deal Brazil at

This is NOT a paid or sponsored post. There are no paid or sponsored posts on The Greenest Dollar.

I did generously receive 1 Tarp hat for the purpose of this review, and I’m thankful I did. I might not have heard about this great product otherwise. And, I’ve been having a blast wearing it around.

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RenaissanceRonin February 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Way cool!

But does a TARP hat come with a bailout check? ‘Cuz I could use about a Billion bucks right about now, if you don’t mind. I mean, I’m gonna build ISBU houses with it, I promise!

In Tahiti… And Rio… (That’s close to the Amazon, right?) And maybe even the Bahamas!!

Make mine an XL “extra-large.” ‘Cuz I got a lots of brains, I does! LOL!

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