MONKIND lays incredible importance on being sustainable, fair and organic. It’s a well known fact the textile industry is the second biggest polluter in the world, closely behind oil. This is most likely due to the combination of the fact we all use and need textiles from cradle to grave, and the fast-fashion culture that has developed over the last decade or so.
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 live here.
We produce in Portugal, in factories that have either already met the requirements to be certified under the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), or are actively working towards this certification. This standard is the highest in the world and revered by all to have a positive impact on the textile industry in the way in 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.
We use the finest, high-quality organic materials that are made to last and 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, such as multiple button holes and long legs that can be turned up to increase longevity and wear-time.
The bags we use to pack the finished items in are 100% recycled and 100% biodegradable. We use only electricity which was created from renewable energy sources and of course recycled paper in the office. We’re also working towards being for the majority of our items 100% vegan – a first for our field.
We ship all our items from either our warehouse located close-by our production in Portugal or our 2nd strategically placed warehouse in the Netherlands. We ship from the closest available warehouse to you. This reduces the distance that any garments travel and therefore reduces our – and ultimately your, the consumer’s – carbon footprint. Not to mention the unnecessary strain the ecommerce industry has on postal and courier services, which often results in these companies having to pay more staff smaller salaries to be able to offer the network coverage and delivery times that we’ve all come to know and expect.
The growing trend of “return-culture” is also something that worries us. Each year in the US around $380 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 also happens in Germany and Europe: 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. However, in an attempt to reduce returns and more unnecessary travel of items, we don’t offer free returns. Instead we provide extensive and detailed sizing tables and diagrams for each product. Therefore 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 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!