By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Pyjamas should evoke thoughts of home, sleep and comfort. But if you learn what can go into them, your thoughts would actually be quite fearful.
For several decades now, many clothing manufacturers have been spraying pyjamas with fire retardant chemicals. In 1977, when researchers learned that two of these chemicals (brominated flame retardants and chlorinated tris) could cause DNA mutations and various serious illnesses, they were banned and replaced with other fire deterrents. However, it was soon discovered that even these ‘safe’ chemicals were dangerous, too.
A 2014 study proved that PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), one of the most common chemicals used to treat fabrics, were to blame for increased hyperactivity and lowered IQ in children, thyroid disruption, early onset of puberty, cognitive problems, and more.
But there’s more: even if there’s no textile finishing on nightwear, it can still be nasty. For example, fleece is a common material for PJs, but guess what – even if it’s made from recycled polyester or plastic bottles, it still seriously harms the environment every time it’s thrown in the laundry – and this is especially true, since pyjamas are frequently washed.
Clearly, the best solution for anyone who wants pyjamas that won’t hurt them or they environment is to buy ones made from natural fibres, preferably organic. And we’ve found some ethical pyjamas that are so chic, you can even wear some of them outside!
1. Love Yawn
Every Love Yawn piece is made with breathable fabrics that are comfy to wear and gentle on the skin. Their luxury cotton satin has become their trademark, but they also feature cosy cotton twill and chambray fabrics. This label’s delightful details and hand-drawn prints bring lounging to a whole new fashion dimension.
Great for: Long lie ins at the weekend Price: Around $100
Before launching her own label, Meng Zhang worked at Chanel and Lane Crawford, where she sharpened her design skills. Today, she’s the head of a luxury lifestyle brand inspired by her love of drawing and painting. Meng Zhang creates wearable art with high quality, natural fabrics with a sophisticated aesthetic that’s so gorgeous, you can wear it indoors, or out.
Great for: Double duty – wear them to bed, or to events Price: From $380
Noctu is a family business featuring minimalist designs expressed in organic fabrics. In fact, all of their nightwear is certified to Global Organic Textile (GOTS) FairTrade and SA8000 standards. Made from super soft jersey cotton, this PJ set below is both incredibly comfortable and effortlessly chic.
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Susan Beischel founded this sustainable luxury brand in 2003 with the intent of creating a global lifestyle label that uses exclusively natural materials like organic cotton to make its sophisticated silhouettes. Skin’s designs ensure you have freedom of movement as you sink into a deep sleep.
Great for: Easy sleeping Price: Around $50
5. People Tree
For over 25 years, People Tree has been a pioneer in the sustainable fashion field, having partnered with Fair Trade producers, ethically paid garment workers, artisans and organic farmers to create their causal, universally wearable pieces. One of our favourites? This star PJ set, made of 100% organic cotton.
Great for: Everyday cosiness Price: Around $40
Simple, snuggly and a little bit sophisticated, this ethically sourced cashmere set is gorgeous enough for you to rush home to change into. Everlane creates beautifully designed and structured clothing that’s meant to be worn throughout the years, and their cashmere PJs are no exception.
Great for: Luxe lounging Price: Around $140
Get ready for some cosmic cosiness with this soft, cosy, 100% cashmere star pyjama set. Cut for a classic fit, these luxury women’s pyjamas are your perfect companion for chilly winter nights.
Great for: Giving yourself an ultra luxurious gift that will last decades Price: Starting at $400
Lounging takes a lighter turn with Trenery’s highly layerable pieces. Relaxed-fitting henleys and comfy sleep pieces in organic cotton are serene in colour and mood, offering an easy-going aesthetic that’s perfect for dozing off in.
Great for: Layering, be it indoors or out Price: Starting at $50
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