PJS, PYJAMAS, JAMMIES - MY ETHICAL EDIT
My sustainable fashion journey began over a decade ago with the search for a pair of classic ethical pyjamas. Despite an extraordinary amount of googling, research and asking anyone I could, I just couldn’t find what I was after. Thankfully, today, the industry has come on leaps and bounds and googling “ethical pyjamas” comes up with a whole host of responsibly designed sleepwear — we’re now spoilt for choice!
I love a pair of PJs, and I love that it's now easier than ever to get your hands on an ethical pair. As I’ve got older the faded t-shirt with an old pair of pants just doesn't cut it as sleepwear. Putting on a fresh pair of PJs on the weekend has become a ritual for me that says: yes you can spend the day (or at least half the day) kicking back without plans or skipping off to bed early with a magazine or a good book and a cup of Golden Milk. A good pair of pyjamas somehow magically transforms my bedroom into a hotel room so compiling a selection of nightwear brands was easy-peasy — read on for my top picks and some serious ethical pyjama inspiration:
1. STRIPE & STARE
Stripe + Stare is the brand devoted to a world of stripes. The brand source conscientiously – carefully picking the best factories that have the most ethical policies, and try to be sustainable in their actions too, using as little plastic as possible and sourcing locally wherever possible, often in the UK.
2. ELLA & ME
Made to order, silk and made in the UK, there’s nothing more luxe than the beautiful sleepwear from Ella & Me. The gorgeous collections are inspired by the founders of the factory where they’re created, Mary Headen & Eric Quarmby. The duo’s love of beautiful and simply timeless clothing compelled them to open their factory in 1935 in order to create and bring to life the garment designs and styles they'd been dreaming of. Mary and Eric drew their inspiration from their experiences of music, travel and fashion, taking in the sounds and sights they encountered along the way in the elegant and truly glamorous era of the 1930s. The factory is still up and running today and is passionate about employing and training people in the UK.
3. PEOPLE TREE
A pioneer in sustainable Fair Trade fashion, People Tree launched in 1991. The brand’s core mission has stayed the same over the past three decades: every product is made to the highest ethical and environmental standards from start to finish. People Tree’s first fashion range launched to meet the Global Organic Textile Standard certified by the Soil Association and it was the first fashion company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organisation product label. These certifications guarantee People Tree’s dedication and compliance to the principles of fair trade, covering fair wages, good working conditions, transparency, environmental best practice and gender equality.
4. NUI AMI
Nui Ami aims to combine versatility and comfort with luxury and sophistication. The brand manufactures right here in the UK using Italian silks, French Leavers lace and Austrian jerseys.
5. NEU NOMADS
Neu Nomads create their super-soft fabrics from plants and always use non-toxic dyes to treat them. They ship every item in 100% recycled packaging and ensure that their supply chain follows ethical practices and high standards, so you can feel really good about being cosy and stylish.