When you lay down to rest your weary head and body, do you do so in a way that’s gentle on the Earth and your skin? Opting for eco-friendly sleepwear, such as organic cotton pajamas, is a simple way that you can lessen the chemical impact on our environment, on insects that support life on our planet, as well as workers and your own skin.
For this post, there’s a big focus on organic cotton pajamas. The reason for this, as I wrote about in my post “Organic Cotton vs. Non-Organic Cotton,” is that the cultivation of commercially grown cotton uses a ton of pesticides and insecticides. Just over 2 percent of the world’s crop land is planted with cotton yet cotton accounts for 24 percent of the insecticides and 11 percent of the pesticides used globally. So, on UniGuide, I always like to promote organically grown cotton.
In addition to organic cotton, you’ll find some natural linen pajamas in this post. Linen is like hemp in a number of ways. It’s been used to make garments for thousands of years and it’s natural, breathable, and naturally antimicrobial. Plus, it gets softer with age.
You’ll see a few PJs made synthetic materials in this post, such as lyocell, or the brand name Tencel. Unlike traditionally-made rayon, including many types of rayon made with bamboo fibers, Tencel is an eco-friendly material. It’s made with sustainably sourced wood that’s processed in a way that recovers chemicals used in the production process. Tencel also used less water and less energy in its production process than even cotton.
With this in mind, I hope your dreams are even sweeter as you snuggle down in some of these eco-friendly pajamas.
These super cute women’s PJs, by Madde Nightwear, are inspired by Victorian-era ladies’ undies. These sweet pajamas are handmade to order, so be sure to order them in certified organic cotton.
Another lovely vintage-inspired pajama set from Madde Nightwear, this onesie was inspired by turn of the century French pajamas. Madde’s sleepwear is made to order, so be sure to request your French onesie to be made with organic cotton.
Sandmaiden Sleepwear makes lovely women’s pajamas, loungewear and lingerie in eco-friendly materials. This two-piece pajama set is handmade to order in organic cotton jersey.
Be sure to visit Sandmaiden’s Etsy shop to see more of their uber feminine designs.
This cute, eco-friendly pajama set is made with organic cotton. It features a comfortable haler neck and matching pajama pants. Intimate Stories is another brand that makes luxurious sleepwear in eco-friendly materials.
Available colors: black or gray
For an ultra-comfortable night’s sleep, this simple pajama set will fit the bill. Cliveden makes their eco-friendly sleepwear in their workshop in Perth, Australia.
This set is available in other color combinations.
If you like a little support when you sleep, this eco-friendly bralette by Sweet Skins is the perfect piece to include in your pajama drawer. It’s made with soft hemp and organic cotton jersey, plus a little Lycra for stretch.
Sweet Skins uses low-impact dyes on their fabrics.
Available colors: lavender, off-white, black, rose, brown, and plum
Available colors: white and blue
These comfy pajama pants by Body4Real have it all. They’re 100% organic and Fair Trade, plus they’re PETA Approved vegan. Eco-friendly fabric like this is perfect for sensitive skin because it’s soft and hypoallergenic.
These versatile drawstring pants are made with soft hemp and organic cotton jersey. Perfect for sleeping, doing yoga, dancing, lounging, or all of the above, these eco pants are cut loosely and will fit both guys and gals.
These PJ pants are dyed with vegetable-based inks and available in multiple colors.
Women’s Night Gowns
Another lovely piece by Sandmaiden Sleepwear, this organic cotton nighty features a plunging V-neck and lace detail. It has adjustable crisscross straps and the length hits just above the knee. All of Sandmaiden Sleepwear’s designs are handmade in the USA.
Cozy Blue Linen creates ethically-made, sustainable sleepwear and clothing in their workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania.
This lightweight nighty is handmade to order with all-natural, eco-friendly linen.
Available in multiple colors
For those nights when you just want to put on something cozy, here’s a long sleeved, full-length night gown in 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.
Noctu creates Fair Trade certified sleepwear made with organic cotton in Bath, UK.
Here’s another comfy night gown in 100% certified organic cotton jersey. This design is by eco-conscious sleepwear company Cliveden.
Available colors: gray or white
This snuggly bathrobe is made with 100% GOTS certified cotton. Made with soft Turkish terry cloth, the hem hits at your ankles, plus it has a loose hood. It’s perfect for trips back and forth from the hot tub on a winter’s night, or just snuggling up on the couch after a long day or a touch workout.
Available colors: light blue, navy blue, red wine, rose, ivory, and white
For a more fitted robe that hits just below the knee, there’s this luxurious ladies’ robe in 100% certified organic cotton terry cloth.
Available colors: black, rose, plum, sage green, and white
This gorgeous kimono-style robe is made with lightweight 100% organic cotton. It features two room front pockets and a belt with belt loops. See more patterns and designs in Susannah Cotton’s Etsy store.
Perfect for camping, sleeping, and cold winter nights, these eco-friendly long johns are made with breathable Tencel blended with 5% Spandex for four-way stretch. Tencel will keep you warm when it’s cold, but it’s also lightweight and breathable and will wick moisture from your skin.
Available colors: gray and black
This classic men’s pajama set is made with Earth-friendly unbleached linen. Breathable and naturally anti-microbial, linen is stronger than cotton but softens over time with wear. These men’s pajamas are custom made to order for the perfect fit.
As their name implies, Linensy makes sleepwear and clothing from eco-friendly, sustainable linen.
This men’s pajama set is handmade with stonewashed, 100% organic linen.
These comfortable lounge pants are soft enough to sleep in. They’re made with a hemp and recycled polyester blend fabric. The elastic waist band also has a drawstring for a comfortable fit.
Here’s the shorts equivalent of prAna’s hemp and recycled polyester lounge pants. These are perfect for travel and warm summer nights.
These lightweight organic cotton jersey shorts are perfect for rolling out of bed and right into your yoga routine. These shorts were inspired by a personal request from a Bikram yoga teacher.
Available in gray, black, orange, red, brown, navy blue, teal blue, light blue, forest green, Kelly green, olive green, and purple
Another great design by Soul Role, these men’s yoga pants are made with soft, stretchy organic cotton jersey. They’re perfect for yoga, lounging, or sleeping.
Body4Real’s men’s pajama pants check all of the boxes. They’re PETA Approved vegan, Fair Trade, and 100% organic cotton that’s free of chemicals and dyes. These pajama pants are great for anyone with allergies of sensitive skin.
For warm summer nights, here is the shorts version of Body4Real’s eco-friendly men’s pajamas. They’re also PETA Approved vegan, Fair Trade, and 100% organic.