Flap Happy was founded by designer, Laurie Lipson Snyder, a Malibu, California native and mother of four. Laurie started the business with an idea for a hat that would protect her children’s faces and necks from the sun and elements after not being able to find a functional sun protective hat in the marketplace. Long time pioneers of UV protective baby and children’s wear, Flap Happy has never wavered in its commitment to the health of children, the earth, and protecting future generations. Flap Happy now uses specialty recycled fabric that starts with post-consumer plastic bottles which are washed and chopped into flakes, then melted and formed into chips, which are melted again and made into fibers. This innovative fabrication also offers UPF 50+ sun protection without any chemical additives. Each item Flap Happy makes from recycled plastic bottles recycles 4 plastic bottles on average. For Flap Happy, this was a no brainier. “We like to think that we're saving the earth and its children, one swim hat at a time”.