I have been slowly swapping out some of my family’s clothing options for organic cotton and other more sustainable options. Like I have shared before, I am definitely natural and green in pretty much every area of my life but clothing I am still diving into. I didn’t really know much about it and it didn’t seem like as big of a deal as other parts of my life when it comes to going natural. That was until I started to really research clothing after a study came out finding microplastics in human blood. It really caught my attention. I quickly realized all the things I didn’t know, which led me to wanting to switch out my clothing! And organic cotton pajamas were something I definitely wanted to look into for not just myself but my family as well.
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Why choose organic cotton for your pajamas?
Many clothes today are made with polyester– also known as a type of plastic. We are literally wearing plastic around and then trying to avoid it in other parts of our life- so strange! I know that’s how I felt when learning about our clothing.
Not only are you being exposed through clothes, but also the environment is getting a heavy dose of plastic exposure every time clothes are washed. When polyester clothing is washed, plastic residue spills off into the water systems, contaminating our water and our air. It’s really affecting everything! I’ve found I have become a more conscious consumer all around and aware of what I’m buying and where I’m buying from.
Crazy enough both my VA and I have had a child react to polyester in their clothing. I got my son some polyester pajamas for the winter and noticed he started to have a reaction to them. He would sweat in them and I noticed he was getting hives on his neck. There were other symptoms from a possible virus he had caught but it also seemed strange that it happened at the same time he was having other symptoms. I stopped putting him in them and he hasn’t had a reaction since. From my research polyester that is new is still off gassing quite a bit too.
My VA’s daughter has gotten hives multiple times when she got overheated in a polyester shirt. The first time it happened to her she was in PE class, but the other times she was doing activities that didn’t really cause her to get overly warm. When the clothing isn’t breathable like cotton, it allows this to happen much more easily.
Check out my favorite Organic Baby Pajamas here!
What about cotton?
Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics used in clothing. This is for many reasons. For starters, synthetic materials can cause irritation and make temperature control more difficult (like I talked about above).
And did you know that cotton is one of the world’s dirtiest crops?!
Here are a few stats from the Environmental Justice Foundation to consider regarding non-organic cotton:
- Throughout the world, cotton crops are responsible for the release of $2 billion of chemical pesticides each year, within which at least $819 million are considered toxic enough to be classified as hazardous by the World Health Organization
- Of those numbers from above, $112 million is spent on aldicarb. Aldicarb the world’s second biggest selling cotton pesticide. Unfortunately it is also one of the most toxic chemicals used in agriculture.
- Cotton accounts for 16% of global insecticide releases – more than any other single crop.
The chemicals used on cotton crops also include the use of glyphosate, which is considered a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. The scariest part is that this isn’t even the worst offender when it comes to chemicals used on cotton crops, but I do believe it is the most well known by the general public so I wanted to mention it.
So when you see how many chemicals are being used on cotton crops plus how toxic some of these chemicals are…it makes you think twice about clothing in general but especially clothing that you are going to wear all night. Especially for kiddos and newborns that sleep for much longer periods of time and maybe spend longer periods in their pajamas.
I will say that I think regular cotton pajamas are a better choice than a synthetic material. So, if you feel like organic cotton pajamas aren’t in the budget, even 100% cotton pajamas are an improvement in my opinion.
Best Organic Cotton Pajamas: 5 Brand Reviews
I tried out 5 brands that offer women’s organic pajamas and am sharing my full reviews!
About The Brand:
Parachute was founded in 2014 as a bedding company that was sold on-line only. Since they have expanded their offerings to include so much more like bath items, loungewear, furniture, decor and more. They also have opened several brick and mortar locations across the country. Parachute has some pretty amazing 3rd party certifications (not all products carry these certifications so just be aware of that) including:
- Climate Neutral certified
- Partner with manufacturers who are Fair Trade certified
I bought the Women’s Organic Cotton Tee and Women’s Organic Cotton Pant. These both are so good! They are soft and feel so good on the skin. The pants are ¾ length, which I love and they have pockets. It feels more breathable while sleeping and airy. They are so comfortable for lounging as well. I find myself wanting to slip into both the tee and the pants long before bedtime because they feel so good. I really think you can wear them as loungewear too. Even my hubs noticed them when I wore them the first time and said, “ I like those!” I can’t recommend them enough. Even in the summer they feel light, yet cozy. I will be wearing them year round! I have them in the coal color. Get the organic tee here and the organic pants here.
MATE the Label
About The Brand:
MATE is on a mission. They are cleaning up the clothing industry by providing clothing essentials that are clean from ‘seed to skin.’ They use only the strictest of materials so that the consumer knows exactly what they are getting. This includes organic materials and non-toxic dyes. They utilize fair working environments throughout their entire supply chain. Plus, their clothing is made in Los Angeles, with all factories being located within 15 miles of their headquarters! MATE’s 3rd party certifications include:
I got the Tencel Sleep Short and the Tencel Sleep Shirt from MATE The Label in the color Rose. The fabric is made from 70% Tencel and 30% Organic Cotton. If you’re not familiar with Tencel it’s new on the scene when it comes to sustainable fabric and so special. It’s made from wood pulp, which is usually from eucalyptus, beech, birch and spruce trees. It is very breathable and a great choice if you’re a hot sleeper since it keeps you cooler. The fabric itself is so soft and does feel cooling compared to even all organic cotton while sleeping. This is the perfect set for summer or if you tend to run warmer while you sleep since it’s a tank and shorts set. The shorts are roomy and still look chic. Such a great set overall! While not 100% cotton, I still think this is a great option. Get them here.
The Company Store
About The Brand:
The Company Store goes back to 1911 in which they were known for their down comforters and feather beds they made for the cold winters in Wisconsin.Since they have expanded to many more products including more bedding products, bath products, apparel, decor and outdoor products. Their 3rd party certifications include:
I got the TENCEL Modal Jersey Knit Short Sleeve Shorts Set. It’s made with 91% TENCEL and 9% spandex. The spandex in it gives it a little stretch and give. It is SO soft overall. I was so impressed with how buttery the set felt. I wanted to get a set that reminded me of the Target sets I would get. This one looks just like it but is made with sustainable fabrics. I love the button down, especially for nursing. It feels a little more polished and put together too for trips when you want something that looks put together. Another winner! I would wear this in any season. Get it here!
About The Brand:
PACT is a truly unique company when it comes to making organic and sustainable clothing. They make everything from organic cotton basics for women, men, children and babies, to casual wear to even bed and bath items. From the look of the clothing to the mission of the brand there is literally so much to love. One thing that I love is that I do think they are one of Earth’s favorite clothing companies – like they claim. They truly have thought of so much. Here are their 3rd party certifications:
- They partner with Fair Trade Certified Factories
I got their All Ease Sleep Shirt. Made with 100% organic cotton. It’s so comfortable! I feel like a broken record but all the organic pajama options have been great. This sleep shirt was no exception. It’s so easy to wear. It isn’t too long, but not too short and I’m 5’7”. I love just having one piece of sleep clothing to wear at times- keeps things simple. It also feels very cooling, compared to pants or shorts. I also liked the price point on it, compared to other options. I will gladly get more of these in different colors! Get it here.
Check out my full PACT Organic Clothing Review here!
About The Brand:
The Coyuchi brand was established in 1991. The were one of the first to create home textiles that use 100% organic cotton. And that has expanded beyond to include bed & bath products, apparel and home decor. They continue to make the highest of quality products while leaving the least impact on the Earth. Coyuchi’s 3rd party certifications include:
I got the Women’s Solstice Organic Chemise and the Women’s Organic Short Robe. Both are made with 100% organic cotton and feel breathable and soft. The Chemise is great if you run warm while you sleep. I love that it gives a more elegant vibe as a chemise but isn’t too stuffy feeling. It’s so easy to throw on before bed and then in the mornings if I feel a little cold or want more coverage, I can slip the robe over it. The Chemise also has adjustable straps. I have the color Deep Graphite in both. Another great option! Get the organic chemise here and the organic robe here.
Brands I didn’t try but have some great organic pajama options:
I didn’t try out their products but have worked with the brand in the past and can attest to their attention to detail on their products. They offer several different pajama styles from shorts and tees to pants and tanks. The pajamas are made with the sustainable fabric TENCEL- which if you read above you know is next level when it comes to a natural fabric. So soft and breathable. Check them out here.
If you want to match with your little ones, this is the brand to get you outfitted! They offer organic pajamas that match their kids’ pajamas. Made with 100% organic cotton, they are long sleeved and long pant sets. If you tend to run cold these may be a great option for you or may be something to look into when the weather starts to turn cold. Check them out here.
Best Organic Cotton Pajamas For Babies and Toddlers
Best Organic Baby Pajamas
I love the Hannah Anderson Pajamas, so soft and hold up so well. You can really tell the quality is so great with these. I’ve reused these several times, they’ve held up so well with 4 babies! Plus, they offer so many fun prints and you can have all your kids match for Christmas. I also love Burts Bees Baby, super easy to find at Target and are more budget friendly. Another great baby option I found from Amazon that is budget friendly and held up so well is O2Baby Pajamas. They are zippered and so soft. They come in some really pretty neutral colors and like I said don’t break the bank.
Best Toddler & Kid’s Organic Pajamas
I also love Hannah Anderson pajamas for kids as well! They have lasted through several kiddos too and my kids love all the fun prints. Burts Bees Baby is also great for kids too.
Check out my full post on Organic Baby Clothes: 10 Brands Reviews here!
Verdict: The Best Organic Cotton Pajama Brand
Overall I would say Pact is the best organic pajama brand. I say this because they offer a variety of styles at a price point that seems more affordable for most. Although I only tried their sleep shirt, they also have organic cotton sleep pants, tees, shorts and tanks. Making it well rounded. Plus, all their products are made with 100% organic cotton too. Check them out here.
What’s your favorite organic cotton pajama brand?
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