MONKIND lays incredible importance on being sustainable, fair, organic and honest. This has been us from the start. We’re not “glory environmentalists” and we don’t greenwash!
The textile industry is the second biggest polluter in the world, closely behind oil. Unfortunately we don’t hear that fact often enough from other brands.
We all like to have nice things, but always having this first paragraph in mind MONKIND tries to achieve this in a way that has the smallest possible impact on our planet and the people and animals that we share the world with.
We produce in Portugal, exclusively using materials that are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). This standard controls, monitors and ensures the whole chain is organic and acts in a socially and culturally responsible way – from the cotton field to the bag the finished garment is packed in, and of course EVERYTHING in between.
Our clothes are made to last, be saved and passed down to siblings, friends or family. Many of our designs have features that allow the garment to grow with your child to increase longevity and wear-time.
The bags we use to pack the finished items in are made from recycled plastic and are 100% biodegradable. We use only electricity created from renewable energy sources and of course recycled paper in the office and for shipping boxes. Additionally, our clothes are to the larger part 100% vegan – a first for our field.
SHIPPING & RETURNS
We ship all our items from our warehouse in Berlin with UPS and PD and offset the CO2 emissions.
The growing trend of “return-culture” is something that worries us. Each year in the US around $400 billion worth of goods are returned (that’s more than half of the total amount of European ecommerce revenue in 2017!) and sadly, the majority of these goods end up in landfill because it’s too expensive for the retailer to process, repackage, and put back “on the shelves”. This is not just an American thing: Wirtschaftswoche – Amazon shreds returns (in German). Of course it’s convenient as a consumer to be able to “try before you buy”, though fortunately in the kid’s wear industry this trend is not as extreme as in other market sectors. In an attempt to reduce returns and more unnecessary travel of items, we don’t offer free returns. Instead we provide detailed sizing tables for each item and a paid returns service where we collect your returns directly from you. With the sizing guide, you can be more sure that the size you are purchasing is the right one for you! Additionally, our mantra is always if you’re not sure, buy a size up!
We all need to be on the same page when it comes to the environment: be that consumers, retailers or manufacturers. Otherwise this just isn’t going to work. An example from a recent study (German) shows that washing a T-shirt 44 times counts as much towards the potential greenhouse effect and water shortage, as the manufacturing, sale, distribution AND disposal of the same T-shirt.
We advise you to buy consciously, buy quality and support brands and companies that share the belief that we shouldn’t ignore the fact that our industry is the second biggest polluter in the world. We acknowledge this fact and are taking steps to reduce our impact for our children’s, grandchildren’s and later descendent’s futures!
Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy our world!