Eco Friendly Pyjamas To Snuggle Up In
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We’re all spending more time in our pyjamas so why not make it time well spent? Cotton isn’t the only natural fibre available so we have found 6 brands making eco friendly pyjamas to snuggle up in.
We’re spending more and more time at home, and sometimes not even getting out of our pyjamas. Wearing natural and breathable fabrics is so important but so is the origin of these fibres. While cotton is a good go to, the cotton industry is incredibly harmful both to people and the environment so choose organic cotton when you can. However, it’s not the only option. Linen, silk and wood fibres like Tencel Lyocell ® and Lenzing Modal ® are soft, not to mention easy to wear and wash. We have found 6 pyjama brands who not only tick our sustainable fabric boxes but also produce ethically too. Whether you like a classic silk set, something a bit more eye catching, or a simple shirt dress, these styles can be worn in bed, answering the door or sat at your laptop.
Pjoys was created when founder Michelle Morgan suffered an episode of anxiety and depression bought on by career burnout. Finding herself having more ‘Pyjama days’ made her think about the role our sleep and loungewear plays in creating calm and aiding mental health. Michelle teamed up with some artist friends to create PJ’s with purpose. As well as sustainably made pj’s designed by various artists, Pjoys creates classic sets from deadstock fabrics too. They even have a ‘Button Bank’ available to customers in order to reduce the waste created by attaching extra buttons to products. With every product purchase, Pjoy’s make a donation to a variety of mental health charities as well as providing guidance on their own website.
Auckland based design duo Greta van der Star and Bailey Meredith wanted to create pyjamas that were comfortable for bed, ethically made and so chic you could pop to the shops in them. All of their pieces are made from organic cotton and cotton-linen, woven by a GOTS manufacturer in the South of India. The factory is run using solar power and recycled rain water, and supports local hand-weavers to carry on their centuries old skills. The fabric is then cut and stitched on site. All offcuts are collected to create paper tags, so waste is minimal.
Eberjey has long been a go to for women who wanted sleepwear that was just for them. Specialising in offering the softest fabrics in flattering but comfortable fits, Oprah Winfrey is said to be a fan of their iconic Gisele set! Not one to rest on their laurels, they take seriously their role in producing ethically whilst using sustainable materials. In 2020 they were proud to include Lenzing Modal ® , bamboo, Q Nova Recycled Nylon ® , and organic pima cotton in their collections. Lenzing Modal ® and bamboo are amazingly sustainable sources of wood fibre fabrics. The same softness as cotton, with less of an impact on the planet.
We love Le Nap’s painfully chic European elegance and simple designs. Every item in the brands collections is made from Tencel Lyocell ®. It’s a natural fabric that is much more eco friendly than cotton. This is because it’s made from pesticide free eucalyptus trees, which are less impactful than growing cotton (a notoriously thirsty and land hogging crop). Tencel Lyocell ® is super soft as well as being temperature regulating, making it perfect for sleeping in. The tightly edited range comes in a few different colours, all of which you wouldn’t feel uncomfortable opening the door to the postman in.
Ethical Kind is our go to for timeless silk with a cruelty free sensibility. They only use peace silk, also known as Ahimsa silk, or non violent silk, making it a great option for vegans. It involves removing the silkworm from it’s cocoon without killing the worm. Ethical Kind uses Tussar, Mulberry peace silk and Noil silk which is created from short fibres left over from spinning or combing the silk. Their supplier, Project Cocccon supports local farmers and educates them about organic and regenerative agriculture. Peace silk production also uses more green energy than regular silk production.
Purchasing long wearing, natural and organic pyjamas is not a cheap endeavour. If you can’t spend much money then we think that Thought is an amazing option with all of the sustainable and ethical brownie points. Thought produce mens and womenswear, as well as their famous bamboo socks. Their sleepwear is made from organic cotton, and manufactured to strict adherence of ethical codes of conduct. They are proud members of the ETI, Ethical Trading Initiative. So while their pieces don’t break the bank, you can still be confident that your product has been considerately made using eco friendly fabrics.
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