MONKIND Sustainability
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MONKIND lays incredible importance on being sustainable, fair and organic and honest. The textile industry is the second biggest polluter in the world, closely behind oil. Unfortunately we don’t hear that often enough from clothing 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 live here.

PRODUCTION
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.

PACKAGING
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. 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 the Netherlands using DHL Express and offset our carbon 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. However, 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. 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!

Below are some of the standards and certifications we work with:

  • we’re proud to be one of the first kids wear brands in Europe, if not the world to be approved by PETA as being”100% VEGAN” on certain products
  • all our materials have GOTS certification
  • all our products meet the highest ÖKO-TEX standards. This is the basic level of organic that all clothing should match!
  • for our swimwear, we use recycled polyester. Our bags are made from recycled materials (and biodegrade), as well as our office supplies