Sustainable Ethical Nightwear 2022

Ethical Silk Company

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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pre-loved slips

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 low-impact, AZO-free dyes in a close-loop system that sees all water treated and recycled. The Ethical Silk Company also donates 10% profits to charity. Sizes XS – XL

France

Do you Green Pyjamas

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 – XL

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

Living Crafts Pyjamas

German Company Living Crafts offer reasonably priced organic cotton bras, knickers, vests, t-shirts, long pants and pyjamas. Sizes XS – XL

UK

Love Yawn‘s have their organic cotton nightwear made in factories in India with SA8000 and ISO 9001:2008 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

Mayamiko sell garments including pyjama sets made by a local cooperative of women traders in Malawi from local fabrics. Their batik and tie-dye fabrics are hand-dyed by artisans at the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MaCoHa), who are paid a fair price for their work. The t-shirt that comes with the Malawi fabric shorts is made of 100% GOTS® certified organic combed cotton by ethical and fairtrade manufacturer Mantis World in Africa. The workshop that makes the shorts aims to use 90-100% of the fabric when cutting and upcycle every off-cut or any unsold item into a new wonderful piece for you to enjoy. They also donate some fabric to the community, and hold workshops to teach upcycling to others. Sizes XS – XL

organic cotton pyjamas

Scottish company Irregular Sleep Patterns make pyjamas from organic cotton in Portugal. Their packaging is compostable and their mailers are recyclable. Sizes 1 – 6, visit this webpage to find more details.

organic cotton nightwear

People Tree sell organic cotton pyjamas. with most of it also carrying the Fairtrade Mark and certified by Control Union (an international Dutch based organic certification body). Their new colours for organic clothing are also said to meet stringent requirements for organic dyes and they explain that although some of our organic cotton products use low impact dyes they don’t carry the mark because the screen print workshop they want to support a small family run business that are working towards meeting the organic criteria. Other garments are dyed using with safe GOTS certified and azo-free dyes. The company are accredited by the WFTO, the Fairtrade Foundation, and the Soil Association. They also have 9 stockists around Ireland. Sizes 8 – 16

organic cotton sleepwear

Based in the UK and Norway Noctu makes 100% organic cotton fair trade nightwear for men, women and children. They say that their factory is committed to helping those who have been affected by the chemicals and fertilisers used in growing crops by establishing a dedicated cancer hospital. All of their cotton products are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Fair Trade and their factories are SA8000 certified. Sizes S – L

organic cotton pyjamas

Little Leaf Organics offer classic style pyjamas with coconut buttons in certified organic cotton made using solar power. Sizes S, M & L

organic cotton sleepwear

UK company Thought (formerly Braintree) sell pyjamas made from organic cotton and viscose made from bamboo. The dyes they use are Azo-free and they claim that their finishes are as environmentally friendly as possible. Each piece of their collection is completed in one to limit emissions from transportation. They’re also a founding member of the Ethical Fashion Forum. Sizes XS – XL, 8-18

organic nightwear

UK Based Green Fibres sell underwear, nightwear and leisure wear for men, women and children, in organic cotton, organic wool, silk and hemp. They also have organic cotton tights (pantyhose) and organic cotton, wool and silk tights. 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 labour as much as possible. They also use banks and phone companies that are ethical and renewal electricity companies 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 to organisations, including the Transition Towns and Transition Network and the UK Biodynamic Association. Sizes XS – XL

The Bright Collection in the UK sell a couple of styles of women’s pyjamas in organic cotton made in Portugal. Sizes XS – XXL, 8-22

organic cotton pyjamas

Jammie Doodles in the UK offers pyjamas made from organic cotton for kids 0-12 and women. Sizes S – L

sari pyjamas

Also based in the UK, Patchouli make pyjamas from pre-worn saris, some of pure silk and some made with a blend of viscose, cotton or polyester. Sizes M – L

organic cotton pyjamas

British brand Traidcraft has organic cotton pyjamas for adults and children. Sizes S – XL

organic silk pyjamas

Charlotte Dunne make their high-end pyjamas in London using certified organic fabrics. As well as keeping physical waste as low as possible the owner also limits business travel and uses low-carbon options when they can. Sizes 1- 4

Etailers 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 and dressing gowns. 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 Colleciton 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.

Other Clothing Directories

If you want to know of other Sustainable Ethical Clothing & Accessory brands check out this list of articles

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Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy

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