MSA has created the world's first hardhat made from 'green', renewable resources.
The company states that unlike norma lhardhats made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from petrochemical, its V-Gard GREEN hard hat is made using HDPE source from sugarcane.
The hats are made in Brazil and will likely be available in Australia later this year or early next year.
"By developing a hard hat sourced from sugar, we are effectively reducing the overall carbon footprint associated with the life-cycle of this product," Eric Beck, MSA's global director of strategic marketing, said.
"The sustainable benefits of using 'green' HDPE in a hard hat are what initially captured our interest," Beck said.
"But at the end of the day, the hardhat has to provide the same high level of head protection that our V-Gard brand is known for around the world. That's what makes this product option so attractive."
The HDPE green hardhats are 100 per cent recyclable, making it suitable for reuse in non-safety products.
The new hardhats have also been nominated for an award, having been recently selected by Frost & Sullivan for the 2013 New Product Innovation Leadership Award.
The hats were made by MSA in Brazil in conjunction with Braskem, the world's largest producer of green thermoplastic resins.