MONKIND’s primary principles: sustainability, fairness, organic and being 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 this enough from other brands.
We all like to have nice things, but bearing in mind the previous paragraph, MONKIND tries to achieve this in a way that has the smallest possible impact on our planet and ALL that we share it with.
We produce in Portugal, exclusively using materials that are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), or at least Öko-Tex. 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, as well as recycled paper and boxes in the office and warehouse. Additionally, our clothes are to the larger part 100% vegan – a first for our field.
This means we actively support and contribute to a just and sustainable economy along the guidelines of the 10 leading principles of the United Nations. We set annual goals for sustainability and forge strategies to achieve them, thereafter participating in annual reporting and review. We’re proud to be a part of this movement, which has the aim to:
- promote transparency
- continually improve business activities
- ensure the integrity of the UN Global Compact and the United Nations
- promote mutual learning by spreading good practices
SHIPPING & RETURNS
Our main markets are in northern Europe so we ship all our items from our warehouse in Berlin with UPS.
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 e-commerce revenue in 2017!) and sadly, the majority of these goods end up in landfill. This is not just an American thing: Wirtschaftswoche – Amazon shreds returns (in German). In an attempt to reduce returns and unnecessary travel of items, we don’t offer free returns. Instead we provide detailed sizing tables for each item. 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 smaller brands and companies that share your beliefs. We cannot 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 in this industry and have been doing since 2014.