I have a thing for nice nightwear. No matter how bad the day nothing beats a shower, followed by clean comfortable pjs and fresh bed linen just makes everything right. Considering that we spend about 1/3 of our day in our nightclothes it makes to consider what we wear at night carefully. Over recent years I’ve moved away from away from synthetic fibres, for health and environmental reasons, but finding 100% natural pjs isn’t easy, and organic fibres is like a needle in a haystack. If you’re similarly obsessed with quality, sustainable nightwear here are some brands to consider.
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Before we start let me say two things;
Firstly buying pre-loved is always better than buying new so I’m delighted to add the Irish vintage nightwear brand Slips to be Seen to the list.
Secondly, if you’re in doubt about which fabric type to opt for I’ve compiled an article on the the sustainability / ethics of the most popular fibre types, which might help you to make your own decision on what suits your values best.
The Ethical Silk Company (see image above) is an Irish clothing brand specialising in ethical silk clothing and bedlinen. Their fabric is made using silk worms that aren’t boiled alive as part of the process. They also use low-impact, azo-free dyes in a close-loop system that sees all water treated and recycled. The Ethical Silk Company’s products are made in a Fairtrade factory in India and they donate 10% profits to charity. Sizes XS – XL
Moon + Mellow make GOTS organic cotton pyjamas and robes designed in Ireland and manufactured in Portugal. Luxury pyjamas have unique prints and detailed finishes (signature cuffs, French seams, piping detail throughout and mother of pearl buttons). Their products are free of harmful chemicals and azo colourants and their mill and factory have Oeko-tex certification for class I. The factory commits to best practice in ethical production and sustainable practices and completes a Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) yearly. Sizes XS-XL.
Jim Jams makes ethical and organic cotton GOTS pyjamas designed in Ireland and made in India. One of their manufacturing partners runs a social empowerment program which provides training and employment opportunities for vulnerable women, and the other is member of the World Fair Trade Organisation. Their hand block prints are free of azo dyes. Sizes S-L.
Loom make women’s and men’s pyjamas in Ireland from 100% Irish woven linen. They keep production plastic-free or low-impact, including buttons made with corozo or shells to recycled polyester labels. Sizes XS-XL (women’s) and S-L (men’s)
Stable of Ireland offer linen pyjamas and robes made in Ireland with Irish woven linen. They use biodegradable packaging. Sizes S-L.
Do You Green offers lounge wear made from organic pinewood fibres from sustainable forests, which the company says absorbs perspiration twice as much as cotton and is softer than any other fabric. All of their dying and fabric manufacturing is done in France, to the Oekotex standard. Their packaging is plastic free. The company uses the term organic pinewood fibres but doesn’t give any details on the process involved in converting them to fibre. I emailed them to ask if it is fact Rayon, a very popular cellulose based fibre, but I never received a reply. Sizes XS – XXL
French brand Peau Ethique make pyjamas in GOTS certified organic cotton in a factory in India that is SA8000 standard for fair working conditions. Their garments also comply with REACH regulations and are free of formaldehyde, azo dyes and aromatic solvents. Sizes 36 – 46
German Company Living Crafts offer reasonably priced pyjamas made out of GOTS organic cotton. They dye fabrics without heavy metals, weighting agents, complex agents, and formaldehyde following the guidelines of Naturland and the International Association of the Natural Textile Industry (IVN). The factories use 100% renewable energy from wind power. Most factories follow SKAL guidelines and SA8000 social standards. Sizes XS – XL
Love Yawn‘s has their organic cotton nightwear made in factories in India. Their main factory has SA8000 and ISO 9001:2008 and Oeko-Tex 100 accreditation. They also have achieved water conservation and waste management to GOTS certification level and their fabric printing process has been shown through independent testing to be free of nasty chemicals such as PCP, ASO, formaldehyde and CFCs. To minimize air miles they manufacture in the same country as the cotton is grown in. They reuse and recycle packing materials where possible and they ship in recyclable cardboard boxes. All of their internships are paid and they pay their staff in London a living wage as a minimum. They support one charity a year, financially and practically through mentoring. Sizes XS – XL
Scottish company Irregular Sleep Patterns make pyjamas from organic cotton in India. Their packaging is compostable and their mailers are recyclable. Sizes 1 – 6, visit this webpage to find more details.
People Tree sell GOTS organic cotton pyjamas with most of it also carrying the Fairtrade Mark. The company are accredited by the WFTO, the Fairtrade Foundation, and the Soil Association. They also have 9 stockists around Ireland. Sizes 8 – 16
Based in the UK Noctu makes 100% organic cotton nightwear for men, women and children. All of their cotton products are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and are also Standard 100 Oeko-Tex® certified, ensuring no harmful chemicals in any process of the cotton cycle.. Every purchase donates money to the World Land Trust to save 10 square metres of endangered wildlife. Sizes S – XL
Little Leaf Organics offer classic style pyjamas for women, men and children with coconut buttons in organic cotton made using solar power. The organic cotton is certified by GOTS and the UK Soil Association. Sizes S-XL
UK company Thought (formerly Braintree) sell pyjamas made from GOTS organic cotton and viscose made from sustainable wood (ecovero lenzing). The company gives you a free postal label for sending your pre-loved clothes to Traid, a UK charity, for free if you are in the UK. Sizes XS – XL, 8-18
UK Based Green Fibres sell nightwear for men, women and children, in organic cotton and organic silk. [icco1] Organizations that supply Greenfibres must comply with the Code of Conduct set out in the Global Organic Textile Standards, and the company make every effort to use local and small-scale production as much as possible. They use electricity from renewable sources (Good Energy). They also use banks and phone companies that are ethical. They participate in the following forums: the Soil Association, the Fair Trade Foundation, Pesticide Action Network UK, Environmental Justice Foundation, Global Organic Textiles Standards, Labour Behind the Label, and the Organic Trade Board. They also donate time and money (about 10% of profits) to organisations, including the Transition Network and the UK Biodynamic Association. Sizes XS – XL, 10-16
Charlotte Dunne make their high-end pyjamas in London using GOTS certified organic fabrics (silk, linen and cotton) and natural buttons. They produce the pyjamas with ApparelTASKER, a zero-waste factory based in London who champions ethical production, providing clean and safe work environment and fair wages. They produce in small batches and deliver in biodegradable packaging using DHL go-green services. The company plants two trees or every pyjama purchased through One Tree Planted and supports several charities. UK Sizes 6-14
The Bright Collection in the UK sell women’s, men’s and kids pyjamas in organic cotton made in Portugal. Sizes S – XXL women), S-XL (men), 1-13 years (kids)
Jammie Doodles in the UK offers pyjamas made from organic cotton for kids (0-12 years) and adults (S – XL)
E-tailers of Sustainable Ethical Pyjamas
- Cambridge baby sell women’s nightwear in organic cotton, wool and silk. Sizes XS – XL
- Traidcraft offer fair trade cotton pyjamas. Sizes S – XL
- Urban Kissed is a Swiss e-tailer selling sustainable brands of clothing, jewellery, accessories, underwear and pyjamas. To help you find items that fit your own values, you can filter results by up to 15 sets of criteria, such as whether they’re made with natural materials or vegan. The company plant a tree for every new newsletter subscriber and offers carbon neutral delivery.
- The Ethical Superstore and The Natural Collection are online retailers selling nightwear from the following brands; Thought, Peopletree, Patagonia and Nomads. These two websites seem to be run by the same company and I often find that you can pick up items cheaper here than on the home company’s website.
- Rankabrand is a very useful website that, as the name suggests, ranks brands based on their sustainability.
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