A roundup of the best eco-friendly pajamas and loungewear made from comfy, sustainable fabrics to help you settle in for a restful night.
Whether you like to lounge in your pajamas for a full evening, or you pop on your pjs right before you hop in bed, your pajamas are an important part of your nighttime routine.
Of course, you want them to be comfy, soft, and breathable, but also made from eco-friendly fabrics without any trace of harmful chemicals, and with a low environmental impact.
This post will help you understand which fabrics and certifications to look for in eco-friendly sleepwear and find the sustainable pajamas of your dreams!
Sustainable Fabrics That Make Great Pajamas
Personally, I’m quite picky about my pajamas. They need to be super soft and quite loose because I move around a lot at night. I also run hot so breathable fabric is key! Luckily, there are a few natural fabrics that are soft and breathable too. Plus, the natural dyes that are available these days mean that your sustainable sleepwear can be stylish too!
Here are my favorite sustainable fabrics for pajamas:
Bamboo Viscose – Quick-growing bamboo is used to make a fabric called viscose. The bamboo stalks are processed and turned into pulp, which is then turned into fabric. Bamboo viscose is such soft fabric that it is sometimes known as vegan silk.
TENCEL™ Lyocell – Similar to bamboo viscose, this fabric is made from pulp from the Eucalyptus tree.
Modal – Made using a similar process to viscose and bamboo, but using cellulose from beech trees.
Note about viscose, lyocell and modal fabrics: It is important that these materials are created in a closed-loop process, where water is recycled and all chemicals are removed. Both bamboo and eucalyptus are naturally grown fertilizer-free, but are not certified organic.
Organic Cotton – Unlike conventional cotton, cotton that has been certified organic has been grown and manufactured without the use of toxic fertilizers and pesticides.
Silk – Silk is a natural material made from the fibers of silk worms. It creates an extremely soft fabric that is breathable and hypoallergenic too.
Note: Some pajamas are made using recycled polyester material. While I’m all for recycling, this type of material is not as breathable as natural fibers, so therefore I don’t recommend it for sleepwear.
Certifications to Look for on Pajamas
Sadly, the fashion industry is known for having ethical issues surrounding the manufacturing of their products, including the use of child labor, not paying living wages and creating pollution and other environmental problems.
Third-party certifications can help you identify ethical companies, sustainable fabrics and non-toxic products. Here are the certifications to look for when you are shopping for sustainable loungewear and pajamas:
GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fabrics and fibers. Fabrics with this certification are ensured to use ecologically and socially responsible practices throughout every step in the supply chain.
OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 – The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 ensures that every component of a product, from the fabric and thread, to the buttons and other accessories have been tested for harmful substances.
Fair Trade Certified – When you see the Fair Trade Certified label, you know that the company is following fair trade practices like providing fair wages, safe working conditions and social development projects to help the communities producing their products.
Certified B-Corp – For a company to be a Certified B Corporation, they must prove that they are meeting rigorous environmental standards and sustainable practices, as well as showing accountability and transparency throughout their business.
Green Cotton – This is a Danish company that certifies organic cotton. It is not as widely recognized as GOTS.
RELATED: My favorite sustainable fashion brands that are affordable too.
Best Eco-Friendly Pajamas
Over the years I’ve tried pajamas from quite a few different companies (some sent free samples, others I purchased for myself) – so I guess I can say that I’m an experienced pajama connoisseur – LOL!
I haven’t personally tried ALL of these sustainable brands – but I have researched the companies enough to know that they meet my eco-friendly expectations. Rest assured that all of these pajamas are ethically produced using eco-friendly fabrics that are free of harsh chemicals and toxins.
So, if you are looking for the best sustainable pajama brands – I’ve got you covered!
This ethical sleepwear brand produces pajamas and loungewear made from organic bamboo viscose. Boody’s bamboo fabric is breathable, lightweight and oh-so-soft. If you are looking for bamboo pajamas, I highly recommend this brand!
- Sustainable fabrics: Bamboo viscose
- Certifications: OEKO-TEX, Certified B-Corp
- My recommendation: Goodnight Sleep Tee (If I had to sleep in ONE pajama top for the rest of my life it would be this one!)
Avocado may be best known for their organic mattresses, but they make super-soft, cozy pajamas and bathrobes too!
- Sustainable fabrics: Modal from beech trees, organic cotton (for robes)
- Certifications: Certified B-Corp, GOTS (for robes)
- My recommendation: Modal Pajama Tank (This is my go-to pajama top during the hot, summer months!)
Pact is well known for affordable organic cotton clothing so it makes sense that they would have pajamas and loungewear too. You can’t go wrong with this sustainable clothing brand!
- Sustainable fabrics: Organic cotton
- Certifications: GOTS, Fair Trade Certified
- My recommendation: Cool-Stretch Lounge Pant (I’m embarrassed to say how much time I spend in these cozy pants!)
The goal at Quince is to make high-quality, sustainable essentials at prices that most people can afford. Lucky for us, this includes washable silk pajamas!
- Sustainable fabrics: 100% Mulberry silk
- Certifications: OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
- My recommendation: Washable Silk Pajamas
Garnet Hill is a classic women’s apparel company that just happens to make really nice organic cotton pajamas in cute fabric designs.
- Sustainable fabrics: Organic cotton
- Certifications: Green Cotton
- My recommendation: Asian Wrap Cotton Pajamas (These were the first organic cotton pajamas that I purchased and I still love them! The long sleeves are especially nice during the winter months.)
Coyuchi may have started with organic bedding but they have now branched out into sleepwear too. Coyuchi’s eco-friendly sleepwear is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and uses low-impact dyes, so you can snuggle up worry-free.
- Sustainable fabrics: Organic cotton
- Certifications: GOTS Certified
- My recommendation: Organic Short Sleeved Crew
Sijo is all about helping people sleep sustainably by providing both bedsheets and pajamas made from breathable, lightweight and cooling eucalyptus fabric.
- Sustainable fabrics: Lyocell from eucalyptus
- Certifications: Oeko-Tex 100 certified
- My recommendation: Eucalyptus Short Sleeved Nightshirt
More Sustainable Pajama Brands:
ettitude – CleanBamboo™ fabric made from 100% bamboo lyocell
Cozy Earth – 100% viscose from bamboo
Leena & Lu – Certified organic Pima jersey cotton
The Ethical Silk Company – 100% mulberry silk
AmourLinen – 100% European flax
Threads 4 Thought – Organic cotton & recycled polyester blend
Hanna Andersson – Organic cotton knit
Printfresh – Organic cotton poplin
YALA – Viscose from bamboo
Hernest – TENCEL ™ and organic cotton blend
Nest Designs – Bamboo and cotton blend
People Tree – Certified organic cotton
Eileen Fisher – Certified organic cotton
Symbology – Organic cotton
Sunday Morning – 100% French linen
YesAnd – Organic cotton
MATE the label – TENCEL™ Lyocell and organic cotton blend
Maylyn & Co – Vegan silk made from lotus fibers and recycled polyester
Do you have a favorite pajama brand? Let us know in the comments!
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