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When it comes to pajamas and sleepwear, you’ll want to prioritize organic, natural fabric. Not only do you spend a third of your life in your PJs, but during sleep your body performs its most important recovery and healing processes. You don’t want any toxic chemicals involved.
Whether you’re looking for standard comfy sweats, chic sleepshirts, or spacious, flowy nightgowns, we’ve rounded up the best ethical, sustainable, organic pajamas and sleepwear brands below.
What to Look for in Eco-Friendly Pajamas and Sleepwear
Natural Fabrics: The brands below use natural, low-impact fabrics like organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, natural silk, and linen. These natural fibers don’t wreak as much havoc on the environment when they’re washed or thrown out at the end of their life. They’re also more comfortable on your skin, and less likely to contain sensitizing chemicals such as azo disperse dyes.
Non-Toxic: Choose brands that create non-toxic products that are processed and dyed without harmful chemicals. Look for labels like Oeko-Tex, bluesign, and GOTS. (And learn more about why this is important in Alden Wicker’s book To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick – and How to Fight Back.)
Fair labor and transparency: As with everything you buy, check for fair labor practices. Look for brands that prioritize transparency (do they tell you where their apparel is made?) and certifications like Fair Trade and SA8000.
(In the market for eco-friendly undies too? Check out this post.)
Here are our favorite brands making ethical and sustainable pajamas and sleepwear:
YesAnd sells eco-friendly, sustainable, and affordable woman’s clothing. Its modern basics are GOTS-certified and made using 100% organic cotton and low-impact dyes. The brand is also committed to fair wages, empowering female farmers, sustaining their local communities, and no child labor. YesAnd’s pajamas selection ranges from tunics, shorts, and dresses, to long sleeves.
Hanna Andersson mostly makes clothing for babies and kids, but it also has a selection of matching family PJs that are just too cute to leave off this list. Everything is made out of organic cotton that is OEKO-TEX-certified non-toxic and comes in all kinds of different designs, including collections with your favorite Disney, Pixar, and Marvel heroes.
Born in Australia, Boody is a basics brand that uses organic bamboo textiles throughout its range of underwear, activewear, and loungewear, including its PJs, which are made from sustainably-sourced natural bamboo with a closed-loop water system and non-toxic solvents. Workers are paid a living wage and garments are sewn in a way that significantly reduces fabric waste. Boody also uses recycled cardboard and vegetable-based ink for its packaging.
Women-owned Mate the Label offers much in the line of pajamas that work year-round. Its pajamas are made from primarily natural, ethically sourced materials and manufactured with sustainability in mind. You can find Tencel, linen, and organic cotton among the pajama selection, as well as a variety of nontoxic dyed colors and styles. Mate the Label is climate neutral-certified and offers a clothing recycling program to help mitigate pre- and post-consumer waste.
Not Just Pajama is a London-based company with a vision for 100% pure, ethically sourced, biodegradable silk. Its pajamas are made from GOTS and 100% Oeko-Tex-certified mulberry silk and colored with nontoxic dyes. These pajamas are hypoallergenic, breathable, and soft on the skin. As an added bonus, Not Just Pajama uses its production scraps to craft smaller bedtime accessories like silk scrunchies.
Offering pajamas and robes in a variety of hand-stamped patterns, Mirth uses mixtures of Pima cotton and alpaca fibers to create its handwoven looks. Mirth is dedicated to ethical employment in its small-scale factories in Bagru, India. Its selection offers two-piece short and long pajama sets and robes in a variety of floral prints.
Sunday Morning’s sleepwear is made from 100% French linen, which is soft, durable, and breathable. Its robes are stonewashed for a vintage-like feel that gets better with every laundry day. Everything is made ethically and sustainably, and 10% of profits are given to build homes in developing countries through New Story.
Pact carries pajamas for the whole family in a huge range of styles, fits, fabrics, and patterns— all made from GOTS –certified fabrics. The brand is also fair– trade –certified and uses recyclable packaging to ship its products to your door. Pact also partners with Simpli Zero, pushing for zero emissions by measuring the impact of every last product they produce.
Baukjen is a London-based brand that uses a mix of natural, bio-based, and recycled materials to create its extensive collection of women’s fashion. The Certified B Corp has its own pre-loved platform and rental program for multiple ways to shop. Each product features a list of sustainable attributes such as ethically made and natural materials. Its tier one suppliers are held to its code of conduct through regularly third-party audits, and its packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.