Fashion, Life & Style

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.

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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

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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

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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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How to Make Beeswax Wraps Cheaply & Easily

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Are you looking to make beeswax food wraps? Let me show you just how easy and cheap it can be with this full DIY guide.

Hello!  It’s been a little while since I shared a DIY with you, but today I want to share my tried and tested technique for how to make beeswax wraps.  If you’re looking to reduce your single-use plastic consumption, then these beeswax wraps make for a great alternative to using cling film, tin foil, or plastic Tupperware to store food in.  And the best part is they are really easy to make.

We actually stopped using cling film and tin foil a long time ago.  We switched to using parchment paper to wrap our food in before popping it in the fridge or freezer or storing food in glass jars or Tupperware tubs.

All of this has been doing the job pretty well.  However, I’ve been trying to find an alternative to parchment paper as I’d like to be able to not buy so many single-use products, like parchment paper.  I also wanted to find a way to transport my lunch without the need for bulky Tupperware tubs.  Those things are a pain to carry around all day!  So, lo and behold, the answer I was looking for: the beeswax food wrap!

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I had seen some pretty nice ones for sale online, but the statutory maternity pay I’m on at the moment sadly doesn’t quite stretch to beeswax wraps.  I had some fabric scraps left over from an old craft project.  And I also some beeswax pellets leftover from making beeswax candles and homemade nappy rash cream so decided to try my hand at making my own.  How hard could it be? Turns out, not very hard at all.  Let me share with you now my easy method on how to make beeswax wraps.

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How to Make Beeswax Wraps

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You will need

Freshly washed and dried fabric scraps* – a variety of sizes.

Beeswax pellets*

A silicone basting brush*

Oven tray

Tongs*

Method

Preheat your oven to 85°C (185°F)

Lay your piece of fabric flat on your oven tray.  Sprinkle the fabric liberally with your beeswax pellets.

Place in the oven for around 5 minutes, until the beeswax has all melted.  Keep an eye on it the whole time to avoid burning.

Once all the beeswax has melted remove the tray from the oven and quickly use your silicone basting brush to evenly distribute the beeswax.  The beeswax will start to set as soon as you take it out of the oven so you want to do this bit very quickly.

As soon as you’ve done this use the tongs to remove the fabric and hang it up to dry.  It will take only minutes to set and then it’s ready for use. To do this, using the tongs, I hold my fabric above the tray for a minute to allow the beeswax to set (and to catch any drips), then I drape the fabric on my washing line.

If you find you’ve got too much beeswax on your fabric then simply place it back in the oven for a few minutes until the beeswax has melted. Then brush down with your silicone brush again.

To remove the beeswax from your oven tray and basting brush, wash them in hot soapy water.

Have fun making these beeswax wraps – I find it can get a bit addictive!

How to use beeswax wraps

You can use beeswax wraps in practically any way you see fit – for example wrapping cheese.  Just wrap the cheese in the wrap and use the heat from your hands to seal the ends.  Got a leftover bowl of food?  Simply place a beeswax wrap on top and again, using the heat from your hands, seal the wrap around the edges.  The uses are endless!

See my notes on usage below for some more handy hints.

Beeswax Snack Pouches

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My eldest daughter loves the little snack boxes of raisins.  I’ve found it’s cheaper and less wasteful on the packaging front to buy a big 1 kg bag of raisins and make my own little snack packs of raisins using the beeswax food wraps and a bit of origami.

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1. Take a square of beeswax coated fabric and fold diagonally, as in picture two.

2.  Fold down the left-hand corner, as in picture 3.

3.  Next, fold down the left-hand corner like in picture 4, lining up the edge with the previous fold.

4.  Now fold down the triangle that’s sticking up at the top.

5.  Flip it over and fold down the other triangle.

6. Finally, open it up and fill it with raisins or any other snack of your choice

To seal, fold down the flap on the side that doesn’t have any folds in it. Then you are good to go!

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Beeswax Wraps Usage Tips

There are a few points to remember when using beeswax wraps.

Heat & Cold Considerations

Firstly, the most important thing to remember is beeswax melts at a low-ish temperature. To be precise, the melting point of beeswax is around 62°C to 64°C. Therefore, any use that is going to be around or above that temperature is a big no-no.  Think cold.

I, therefore, wouldn’t recommend using your wrap directly on hot food.  Let the food cool first before wrapping it.

And like cling film, your beeswax wrap is for food storage only. Don’t use them in your oven or microwave.  The beeswax will melt and will leave a big mess that will not be fun to clean up.

You can freeze your fabric wraps.  I wouldn’t use it for long-term freezer storage though – only for the food that you plan on freezing in the short term.  I would suggest that your wraps spend no longer than one month at a time in the freezer.

How To Wash Beeswax Wraps

With these heat considerations in mind, wash your beeswax food wrap in cold soapy water using a gentle eco-friendly washing-up liquid, like Bio D*.  I would avoid using alcohol-based washing-up liquid as it can degrade your beeswax.  I would also recommend leaving your wraps to air dry. Whatever you do, don’t leave them on your radiator to dry!

I also wouldn’t recommend putting your wraps in your dishwasher or washing machine.  And definitely not your tumble drier!

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Food Safety

If you eat meat, then I would avoid placing your beeswax wrap in direct contact with raw meat. This is because you can’t wash your wrap in hot water to sterilise it.  If you want to store raw meat using your wrap, I would put the meat in a bowl and use the wrap to cover the bowl.

What To Do When Your Wrap Stops Folding

When your beeswax food wrap stops losing the ability to fold, simply wash and re-wax it in the same manner as above.

How to make beeswax wraps cheaply and easily