Forget sleeping nude: these ethical pyjamas will keep you warm, cozy and healthy this winter!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Ethical pyjamas are a must-have in your wardrobe. Why, you may ask? Well, because thoughts of loungewear should evoke images of home, sleep and comfort. But if you learn what can go into such clothing, your thoughts may actually turn quite dark!
For example: several decades now, many clothing manufacturers have been spraying pyjamas with highly toxic fire retardant chemicals. Way back in 1977, when researchers learned that two of these chemicals (brominated flame retardants and chlorinated tris) could cause DNA mutations and various serious illnesses including cancer, 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 the planet. 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 themselves or they environment is to buy ones made from natural fibres, preferably organic.
Here, we’ve found some gorgeous, cosy ethical pyjamas that are so chic, you can even wear some of them outside!
Ethical Pyjamas To Keep You Cosy This Winter
This sustainable clothing company offers loads of ethical pyjamas and loungewear to choose from. They’re lovingly crafted from luxuriously soft, certified organic cotton flannel and jersey fabrics, as well as from bamboo and hemp.
You can select from designs with or without patterns. My advice? The plain bottoms and tops, such as the hemp set pictured above. They’re more stylistically neutral, and can more easily double up as outerwear!
Great for: Wearing indoors – or out!
Prices: Start at around $60 for a set
The ethical pyjamas and kimonos made by Meng are so stylish, many people actually do buy them to wear them outside! And no wonder: before launching her own label, designer Meng Zhang worked at Chanel, where she sharpened her chic aesthetic and design skills.
Today, she’s the head of an eponymous luxury lifestyle brand inspired by her love of drawing and painting. Zhang creates wearable art with high quality, natural fabrics – mainly pure silk -assembled with sophisticated styling.
Great for: Feeling stylish and chic in the bedroom, or even wearing to events!
Price: From $380
Want something that pretty much feels like, well, skin against your skin? These are the ethical pyjamas for you!
Susan Beischel founded this sustainable luxury brand with the intention of creating a global lifestyle label that would exclusively use natural materials like organic Pima cotton and hemp. The result is buttery soft fabrics that are easy to move in. In fact, Skin’s minimalistic, comfortable designs ensure you’ll sink into a deep sleep every night!
My pick? This ultra-soft pink ombre outfit. comfortable and perfect for lounging around the house in. Isn’t this exactly what you’d want to wear to curl up on the sofa?
Great for: Easy sleeping; serious style
Price: Around $50
4. People Tree
For over 25 years, People Tree has been a pioneer in the sustainable fashion field. They’ve partnered with Fair Trade producers, ethically pay their garment workers, and even have their own organic farms! This green supply chain exists to create their causal, universally wearable pieces. This is also one of the best ethical pyjama brands for those on a budget. Their pricing is highly reasonable – especially considering how sustainable and conscious this brand is!
One of my favourite pieces is this sweet, star-printed PJ set, made of 100% organic cotton. There’s just something about the stars!
Great for: Serious ethics; those on a budget
Price: Around $50
Everlane seems to do it all. From jeans and sweaters to loungewear, they offer ethical versions of all your basic wardrobe needs. The brand creates classic styles like their Oxford Pajama tunic that can be worn for bedtime or in the outdoors with a pair of dressy leggings. Then there’s the Oxford Pajama shirt and Oxford Pajama pants. Each piece comes in two colours: light blue with white trim or white with navy trim. These are all made out of organic cotton, but if you’re looking for something with a touch of luxe, they also make affordable cashmere jammies, too!
Great for: Luxe lounging
Price: Around $90
Whether it’s organic cotton, silk or cashmere, you can rest assured that the fabrics Chinti and Parker use in their pyjamas will not only be incredibly soft, but fully biodegradable, too!
Aesthetically, the focus is on classic chic design with playful, whimsical touches, bringing a touch of luxury to the everyday. Oh, and if you’re worried about how to wash such delicate fabrics, never fear. The brand provides a comprehensive guide on their website!
Great for: Giving yourself an ultra luxurious gift that will last decades
Price: Starting at $195
Ever wonder what Kate Moss wears to bed? Apparently, she favours Olivia Von Halle’s nightwear. And no wonder!
This is seriously glamorous stuff, with huge attention to detail. Buttons aren’t made of plastic, for example. Instead, natural shell is used. All fabrics are 100% natural – in fact, the brand makes them in-house, themselves. They work with mainly silk and cashmere fabrics, and dye them to order. Their unique motifs are highly artistic, hand-drawn and screen-printed.
In a nutshell, Olivia von Halle is about focusing on a few key styles and elevating them. It’s about creating mindful, sustainable luxury so that the end product is one that you will want to treasure and take care of forever. There’s even a bespoke pyjama service!
Great for: Incredibly elegant, bespoke pieces that last a lifetime; special occasions
Prices: From $500 up
This popular British brand makes PJs for the whole family! And what cute PJs they are, too! They come in colourful, fun patterns that have a slightly Nordic touch.
Whether you choose a polar bear theme, polka dots, kitties, horses, or a more festive pattern, these ethical pyjamas are made from soft, organic cotton.
Great for: Family fun! All the colours and patterns are available in all sizes, meaning mom, dad and the kids can all share the same PJs!
Price: From $50
Do you sleep better knowing your pyjamas were made fairly, and from sustainable materials? I know I do!
Though Aussie brand Homebodii isn’t yet 100% sustainable, they’re aiming to improve this with every collection, and they do offer a fully sustainable range.
They’ve worked hard to build long-term, respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships with their manufacturers and suppliers, based on the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. Their ethical pyjamas range has been designed thoughtfully designed using natural fabrics like linen, organic cotton and modal.
Great for: Brides! This label actually specialises in bridal wear, and also offers a kids’ collection, as well as customisation of all items.
Prices: From $50
Noctu is a family-run business featuring minimalist designs expressed in organic fabrics. In fact, all of their nightwear is certified to Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), and is FairTrade, too.
Their ethical pyjamas are actually styled more like loungewear – perfect for those of us who work from home! For example? Made from super soft jersey cotton, this PJ set below is both incredibly comfortable and effortlessly chic.
Great for: Slouching around the house; Zoom meetings
Price: From $39
11. 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 warm cotton twill and chambray fabrics. This label’s delightful details and hand-drawn prints bring lounging to a whole new fashion dimension to ethical pyjamas!
Great for: Long lie-ins at the weekend
Price: Around $100
Lounging takes a lighter turn with Australian brand Trenery’s highly layerable pieces. The label features natural materials like wool, silk, cashmere, linen and cotton. It combines these biodegradable fabrics with traditional craftsmanship to create effortless designs with lasting integrity.
My pick from their range would be the relaxed-fitting henleys and comfy sleep pieces in organic cotton. They’re in serene colours and flexible styles, offering an easy-going aesthetic that’s as perfect for dozing off in as it is for a Zoom meeting!
Great for: Layering, be it indoors or out
Price: Starting at $50
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