Whether you’re snuggling in for a good night’s sleep or lazing around the house on a rainy Sunday, nothing beats a cozy pair of pajamas. And considering how much time your sleepwear spends against your skin (hopefully, at least eight hours a night, right?), there’s no reason not to go organic. “Our skin is our largest organ, and when we sleep, it’s still absorbing what’s on it,” says Liz Gamal, founder of the new green lounge-and sleep-wear line, vieandsomn. “While we don’t really know about the long-term effects of that, I prefer to take one potentially harmful element out of the equation and just put what’s pure and gentle against my skin.” Doing that is even easier now that there are stylish natural PJ options available for women, men, and kids.
This go-to natural retailer offers several organic pajama options, from a wheat-colored, brushed flannel unisex pair to cotton ones in a raucous cheetah print. Among the most comfy are the jersey knit versions, made from the same soft fabric as the Gaiam sheets. The long-sleeve top has a shawl collar, while the drawstring-and-elastic pants sit lightly on the waist. Available in several soothing colors (made from low eco-impact dyes, of course.) $49; www.gaiam.com.
Simple, high-quality basics for adults, toddlers, and babies are the strength of this family-owned company. All items are made from 100 percent GOT-certified organic cotton and are free from prints, trims, or embroidery to keep them as pure—and as classic—as possible. For babies 6-to-24 months, pick-up the T-Shirt/Pant Set, available in wheat or white, which includes a long-sleeve lap-length tee and pull-on pants. Organic cotton onesies are also available, while moms can catch some Zs in a soft long-sleeve crew and drawstring pants. Kids T-Shirt/Pant Set $23.95 ($57 for a set of three); women’s cotton crew $19.95 and drawstring pant, $29.50; www.ecolandinc.com.
Stocking organic and natural products for the bath, bed, baby, and home, this online retailer is offering a couple of sweet kids PJ options this fall. For girls, the Sleepy Bird Pajamas feature striped pants and a matching shirt emblazoned with a butterfly; both are made from 100 percent organic cotton that’s perfect for kids with sensitive skin or irritations like eczema. For boys, the organic flannel Lumberjack Pajamas include checked pants and a jersey top decorated with a retro-style tractor. $38; www.edenhome.com
Started by a couple of established designers and long-time friends (hence the name, which translates to “two friends” in French), this Oregon-based line is made of 100 percent Green Cotton, a soft, chemical-free fabric that meets high environmental standards. While their PJ sets are available in a classic straight-leg, elastic-waist pant and v-neck shirt combo, we like the set that pairs the pant with a long, camisole-style chemise with double straps and side vents; the pants are adorned with tiny pink dots, while the chemise boasts big pink roses. $142 for the set; www.deuxamiesinc.com.
Launched in mid-2009, this well-thought out line was born out of home furnishing/ cosmetic industry vet Liz Gamal’s quest to find the perfect eco-friendly sleepwear that wasn’t, as she puts it, “designed to make me look like a grandma, a little girl, or a boy.” The result is a series of very comfortable, all-white, mix-and-match options—including gowns, robes, tops, and bottoms—that flatter all shapes and sizes, and are made from 100 percent biodynamic, organic, Fair Trade cotton gathered from an ethically run farm in Egypt. The long pants have a wide ribbed waist that you can adjust to make high or low (either way, it never cuts into you), and the stylish tunic is trimmed in soft natural velour. Tunic $75, pants $68; www.vieandsomn.com