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Ethical Pyjamas, Nightwear, and Loungewear: The Ultimate Guide for 2021

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On the lookout for ethical pyjamas or sustainable loungewear? I’ve got you covered, with my big guide to sleepwear.

I know I am looking for more eco-friendly pyjamas.  With 2021 seeing us staying at home more than ever before, being comfortable is king.  The most sustainable sleepwear option would be to don an old t-shirt and an old pair of leggings.  However, sometimes you want to feel a bit more pulled together.  Especially so when you’re spending so much time in them!

Normally I would advise shopping second-hand for clothing as the most ethical choice.  However, I don’t know about you, but pyjamas are one of those things I’d rather buy new than secondhand.  Instead, I thought I’d look into what ethical pyjamas are out there for women. I’ve therefore scoured the internet for the best ethical pyjamas, sleepwear, and loungewear for 2021 available to UK shoppers and rounded it up for you below.

Like many aspects of ethical clothing, choices for ethical sleepwear can be limited.  Particularly in terms of size inclusivity and budget.  And, like the ethical underwear scene, the ethical nightwear market is quite small.  This means you are quite limited in terms of choice I’m afraid.

Guide to Ethical Pyjamas, Sleepwear and Loungewear

That being said, I have come across some great finds.  Here are all of the lovely ethical pyjamas that I came across.  I’ve additionally added the size range each brand offers, as well as a rough guide to the price per item, to make this guide as helpful as possible.  

I keep this blog post up-to-date (it was last updated in November 2021), so do check back the next time you are in the market for new pyjamas.  Hopefully, by then I’ll have some more updates and more brands offering more inclusive sizing.  

The price range key for this guide is £ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – 100 | £££ = £100+ for separates.

In order to help support the running costs of Moral Fibres, this post contains affiliate links, denoted by *. Moral Fibres may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to readers, on items that have been purchased through those links. This income helps keep this site running.

Piglet Ethical Pyjamas

Budget – ££ – £££

Caters for – sizes 6 – 22

Piglet* sell beautiful OEKO-TEX certified linen pyjamas and loungewear in inclusive sizing. From pyjama trouser sets to pyjama shorts sets to cami pyjama sets for summer, you’ll find everything for your sleepwear needs.

Linen is a great sustainable fabric choice because every part of the flax plant can be used. What’s more, flax is a rotational crop, farmed naturally in small batches, so it contributes to good soil health. Their pyjamas ship plastic-free too for that extra feel-good factor.

All That Is Braw

Budget: ££

Caters for: sizes 8 – 28 (but will accommodate other sizes)

Scottish-based All That Is Braw handmake their pyjamas to last a long time. Using quality fabrics and constructed with reinforced seams, this means that their beautiful nightwear can be enjoyed for many, many years to come.

With truly inclusive sizing, all of their ethical pyjama bottoms are made to order.  As such, they can accommodate any length or size outside their standard options. 

BAM: Bamboo Clothing

ethical loungewear

Budget: £

Caters for: sizes 8 – 16

Bam: Bamboo* sells sustainably sourced and ethically made nightwear and leisurewear made from bamboo.

Bam: Bamboo is seeking to be impact positive.  As such, they are making great steps to minimise their impacts on climate, waste, water, chemicals, humans, and land use.

Beaumont Organic

Budget: £££

Caters for: XS – L

Beaumont Organic* produces ethical nightwear and loungewear, as well as ethical clothing.  

Working only with factories that are within the EU, pay fair wages, and provide good working conditions, Beaumont Organic’s range of GOTS certified clothing is perfect for a good night’s sleep. 

Check out this post for an explainer of eco clothing labels, if things like ‘GOTS certified’ have your head spinning.

Boody

Budget: ££

Caters for: sizes 6 – 16

Boody* produces high-quality basics, with a stringent focus on sustainable materials and ethical and planet-friendly practices.

Their lounge and sleepwear have a focus on premium quality and detailed craftsmanship.  I’m currently lusting after their lounge pants, and sleep camis.  Take 10% off your first order when you sign up to their mailing list.

The Bright Company

bright company ethical pyjamas

Budget: £

Caters for: sizes 8 – 16

The Bright Company specialise in design-led, organic, and ethical sleepwear and loungewear for all the family.  Their designs are characterised by strong colours, graphic prints, and unisex designs.

All their products are made in the EU using super-soft, GOTS certified organic cotton jersey fabric.  Their fabric also meets the strict OEKO-TEX Standard 100 (again, see this post for an explainer), ensuring no harmful substances or dyes are used at any stage of production.

Charlotte Dunn

Budget – £££

Caters for: sizes 6 – 14

Charlotte Dunn’s beautiful luxury ethical pyjamas cover a range of needs.  From long tops and long bottoms for chilly winter nights to camisole tops and shorts for balmy summer evenings.  They are expensive, but oh so beautiful.  

Charlotte Dunn works with natural fabrics that come with a Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certificate, such as linen and cotton.  The pyjamas themselves are made ethically in London in small batches.  And to minimise waste, off-cuts are collected to make fun accessories such as scrunchies or eyemasks. 

The Ethical Silk Company

Budget: £££

Caters for: sizes 6 – 16

The Ethical Silk Company is the place to go if you are looking for luxury ethical silk pyjamas.  They employ a particular cruelty-free mulberry silk production technique that extracts the silk from the cocoon after the moth has left the cocoon.  What’s more, the pyjamas themselves are made under fairtrade conditions in India. 

Their ethical pyjamas, robes, and nightdresses are total luxury items.  Before you spend some serious cash, be sure that silk will fulfill your sleepwear needs.  

Frugi

Budget: £

Caters for: sizes 8 – 18

Frugi*, the kid’s ethical clothing retailer, has branched out to womenswear. They now have a small, but perfectly formed range of women’s ethical pyjamas in bright and cheerful prints. These are made from 100% organic cotton, which is both GOTS Certified and Soil Association Certified. If you’re a new mum, then the tops are also breastfeeding-friendly.

Take 10% off your first order when you sign up to the Frugi mailing list.

Noctu Ethical Pyjamas

ethical sleepwear

Budget – £

Caters for – sizes S – L

Noctu produces organic sleepwear and loungewear for men, women, and kids.  Made of 100% GOTS certified cotton in England, Noctu is also ‘Standard 100 Oeko-Tex®’ Certified.  This means that no harmful chemicals have been used in any process of the cotton cycle, from the raw cotton through to the knitting and dyeing process.

I’ve tried them out and their pyjama bottoms and tops are really soft and comfortable and wash really well.

Organic Basics

Price range: £

Caters for: sizes XS – XL

Organic Basics* (Use discount code WENDYOBC for 10% off your order) sell women’s (and men’s) everyday essentials made from organic and recycled materials.  Organic Basics say “The fashion industry is dirty – but it can be better. We constantly search for better innovation, we have a visionary use of sustainable materials – and a continued focus on ethical production”.  I have to say I’m a big fan.  

Whilst they don’t offer pyjama bottoms or lounge bottoms, I find Organic Basics best for super-soft tops and tees.  These are as comfortable for everyday wear, as they are to sleep in, so a great flexible option.  Please note Organic Basics ships to the UK from the EU.

People Tree

conscious sleepwear for women

Budget – £

Caters for – sizes 8 – 16

People Tree* sell a lovely range of ethical sleepwear at around the £25 mark.  All of their range is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, which is certified fair trade from the World Fair Trade Organisation.  What’s more, they are also PETA-approved vegan. 

Thought

womens sustainable sleepwear

Budget: £

Caters for: sizes 6 – 18

Thought Clothing* sells easy to wear and ethically made loungewear and sleepwear made from bamboo, hemp, and/or certified organic cotton.  Keep your eye out for regular sales.

Underprotection

Budget: ££

Caters for: sizes 6 – 16

Underprotection* makes beautiful ethical pyjamas made only using materials that are classified or certified sustainable. The majority of the natural materials used include Tencel™ Lyocell, responsible wool, and organic cotton.

Any synthetic materials used, such as polyester, nylon, or elastane come from recycled sources.  These materials are often required to give stretch to items, or other properties important for durability and comfort.

The White Briefs

Budget – £

Caters For – sizes XS – L

The White Briefs* are a Swedish brand, available in the UK through Content Beauty.  Made with organic cotton in a fully certified GOTS supply chain in Lithuania, The White Briefs entire process, from field to finished garment, meets strict social and environmental criteria,  This criteria includes no GMO seeds, organic farming, certified non-toxic dyes, and packaging, and ethical manufacturing.

Their ethical sleepwear range includes vests, henley tops, and nighties.  There are no pyjama bottoms though, so you’ll need to look elsewhere for those!

Woron Ethical Loungewear

Budget: ££

Cater for – sizes XS – XL

Woron* is an ethical lingerie brand that has branched into sleepwear. They offer sustainable vegan sleepwear that is Oeko-Tex certified.  In particular, look out for soft loungewear sets, pretty vests, and even sustainable sleep masks.  

Found any more ethical pyjamas or loungewear options?  Then do drop me a line and I will be sure to add them to this ever-growing list.  Do also check out this guide to ethical socks (also updated for 2021), and my guide to ethical slippers if you’re looking for other ways to keep cosy!  

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The Best Places to Buy Vintage Clothing Online

On the hunt for retro or vintage items for your wardrobe? Let me make it easy for you, by showing you the best places to buy vintage clothing online.

With an increasing understanding of what’s wrong with fast fashion, it’s not surprising that many of us are turning to vintage clothing as a way to make our wardrobes more sustainable. However, shopping online for vintage clothing can be a tricky business. It can be tough finding exactly what you want. And then there is also the worry that there might be something wrong with an item. Or worse, that it has that dreaded vintage musk to it, and then you are stuck with it.

Thankfully there is a wide range of vintage shops online, that make vintage clothes shopping a breeze. From the stores that make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for at the click of a button. And from the stores that offer free postage, to free returns, to quality checked and freshly laundered items, this all means that you can shop sustainably in confidence.

The Best Places to Buy Vintage Clothes Online

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Whatever the era – from 1950s rockabilly to 1970s disco and beyond – here are the best places to shop for vintage clothing online.

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ASOS Vintage Clothing

ASOS itself is a fast-fashion nightmare. As many as 7,000 new items of clothing are added to the site each week, which is not sustainable at all. As such, it’s not normally somewhere I would recommend shopping for clothes. However, the site does have an off-shoot – ASOS Vintage – that remains a solid place to buy vintage clothing online.

I wouldn’t say ASOS is the single most ethical choice when it comes to vintage shopping. Even by shopping for vintage clothing here, you are supporting the growth and profitability of this fast-fashion retailer. However, in terms of accessibility and price, there’s no denying what ASOS brings to the table.

Give the reclaimed vintage section* a hard pass. In this section you’ll find “reclaimed vintage-inspired” and “reclaimed vintage revived” mixed together. The reclaimed vintage-inspired range is brand new clothing that is ‘inspired’ by vintage clothing. Meanwhile, the Reclaimed Vintage Revived range supposedly features “handpicked vintage gems from around the world”. I couldn’t find a single revived item of clothing in this section of over 1000 brand new synthetic (re: plastic) items. And I felt that lumping the two very different ranges together under the reclaimed vintage heading is a horrible attempt to confuse and greenwash customers.

Instead, head straight to the independent vintage boutiques* who sell through ASOS Marketplace. Here you’ll find over 400 online vintage boutiques, selling a variety of clothing for both men and women. Some of these include charities, such as Barnados*, Cancer Research*, and the British Red Cross*, who all have their own vintage boutiques on ASOS. All profits from these specific purchases go towards supporting the work of the charity in question.

Whilst you can’t filter by era, or fabric type, you can filter by the country the boutiques are located in. This means, for example, that you can request to only see clothing from vintage boutiques located in the UK. This is helpful in terms of avoiding import duties from shipping outside of the country you live in.


Beyond Retro

If it’s confusing shopping at online retailers that sell both vintage clothing and new clothing, then Beyond Retro* is a good port of call. Selling only vintage men’s and women’s clothing – from vintage sportswear, to vintage dresses and vintage jeans – every item is handpicked by the Beyond Retro team.

Product experts examine items for quality control, so you can be sure you won’t get any nasty surprises. If what you’ve bought doesn’t live up to your expectations, or doesn’t fit, then you can return your item free of charge within 14 days.

Many vintage clothes selections can run small. However, the good news is that Beyond Retro has a healthy men’s, women’s, and unisex plus size section.

Use the exclusive code MORALFIBRES at the checkout to receive 15% off your order at Beyond Retro.


eBay

Despite many newcomers to the online shopping scene, eBay* remains a solid place to shop for vintage clothing online. This is because eBay has a really strong set of filters, that you can use to really hone down what you are looking for.

You can use the filter to select the precise decade you are looking for – from the pre-1890s right through to the 1990s. You can select the colour of the item you have in mind. And you can select the look that you require – from androgynous to Art Deco, to Military/Landgirl, and everything in between. And eBay doesn’t stop there. You can select the occasion the item should be suitable for. You can even specify the country of manufacture. If shopping for vintage clothing online seems like finding a needle in a haystack to you, then try eBay! If you can’t find it there, then it probably doesn’t exist!


Etsy Vintage Clothing Online

Etsy* is an absolute goldmine for vintage clothing online. I’ve bought many a piece of clothing from Etsy over the years.

You can search for items based on style – from gothic through to Harajuku. You can search for items with a specific pattern – from stars and celestial to Fairisle. And you can even search for the occasion or celebration that you want the item of vintage clothing for. The only thing you can’t search for is by era or decade.

What I also love is that you can find vintage clothing that has been reworked or upcycled by clever craftspeople. This vintage sweater, pictured above, has been transformed by ReviveUS* into a cropped sweater, whilst maintaining the original ribbed hem. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind vintage with a modern twist, then Etsy is a great place to look.


Oxfam Online

If you are looking for vintage clothing with a charitable aspect, then you will be pleased to hear that Oxfam Online has a dedicated vintage clothing section*. Here you can filter their vast donated vintage clothing by size, by budget, by colour, or and by condition. The only thing I don’t like is that you can’t filter by era, decade, or style. These are variables that you might want to search when looking for specific vintage items.

Sign up for Oxfam Online’s newsletter, and receive 10% off your first order. Returns are free of charge, and there is a flat postage rate of £3.95 – no matter how many items you buy.

All profits go towards Oxfam’s work on the alleviation of global poverty.


Rokit

Rokit* sells a huge selection of vintage clothing for men, women, and in unisex styles.

Here you can shop by size or shop by era, from the 1940s up to the 2000s (yup, this is now horrifyingly considered vintage!). You can even shop by specific brands if you have one in mind. For a clever touch, you can also shop by material. This is useful if you are vegan and trying to avoid animal products, or if you are trying to avoid synthetic fibres.

What’s more, in an effort to curb waste, Rokit’s in-house reworked sustainable fashion label Rokit Originals reworks undesirable or unsalable stock into new and exciting pieces. Here, bags are made from leather jackets, jumpsuits from jeans and dresses are created from scarves. They also use remnant, deadstock, and post-consumer textile waste in order to create contemporary limited edition lines. 

Shop with confidence – Rokit quality checks each piece before placing it for sale. They will also launder items, where necessary, so you can avoid any unexpected odours!

Even the shipping is carefully considered. Your order will arrive in compostable packaging that is made from recycled and renewable sources.

Talking of shipping, UK customers enjoy free shipping. There’s also an easy returns process. And for an added bonus, sign up to Rokit’s mailing list and get £10 off your first order when you spend over £40.


Hopefully, with this guide, you can find the vintage item of your dreams! You can also check out my guide on the best places to buy secondhand clothes online, and the best places to sell clothes online for more preloved clothing inspiration.