Materials

Did you know that all the cotton we source is sourced more sustainably? Or that our entire denim range is made from 100% organic cotton? Or, that our aim is to source recycled or other more sustainable materials only, by 2030? Or… we could go on forever, let’s just dive on in.

Sustainably sourced cotton

From September 2018 and onwards we are sourcing 100% of our cotton sustainably. Forever. It’s a small step towards a big goal: recycled or other sustainably sourced materials only by 2030. And in the long run, it’s a step towards contributing to a more sustainable way of doing fashion.

But at the same time, sustainably sourced cotton is an important step. The fibre is key in what we do as a fashion brand, so while we’re humble in the face of the challenges ahead, we’re also happy to say we promote the change that is starting to happen in the cotton industry. 

But what does sustainably sourced cotton actually mean? Well, what we’re looking for in our sourcing process, is cotton produced by methods that reduce the environmental footprint in a significant way, and improve cotton production as a whole. At Monki, that means either organic cotton, recycled cotton or responsibly grown cotton sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative.

Organic cotton

Organic cotton is cotton grown without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers – and no genetically modified organisms (GMO). Also, choosing organic cotton means 46% less climate impact compared to conventional grown cotton (according to Textile Exchange report 2016). All organic cotton products have been independently certified by accredited certification bodies according to the standards OCS (Organic Content Standard) or the GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard).

Recycled cotton

Recycled cotton is made from recycled cotton fabrics (e.g. recycled clothes) that are mechanically recycled and spun into new yarn. Recycled cotton reduces both the water use and the climate impact by around 75% compared to virgin cotton fibres. For all recycled materials, we use the independent third-party certifications GRS (Global Recycle Standard) and RCS (Recycled Claim Standard). Did you know that you can recycle any textile in any Monki store in the world? Click here to find you closest option.

Better Cotton Initiative and Better Cotton

We’re a proud member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. BCI trains farmers to use water efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, reduce use of harmful chemicals and respect the rights and well-being of workers. It’s a holistic approach to growing cotton in a more sustainable way. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance and not physically traceable to end products. BCI Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we source.  

Read more about Better Cotton and BCI at bettercotton.org.

Sustainably sourced? Organic? Better? Recycled? What’s the difference?

Confused? Yes, it’s can seem complex. But it’s not as confusing as it seems, once you figure this out: sustainably sourced cotton is to organic, recycled or Better Cotton what the word fruit is to pears, oranges and apples. They are all fruits. Great fruits. Just different types.

By buying cotton products from Monki, you’re either supporting organic cotton, recycled cotton or BCI Farmers and responsibly grown cotton. Organic cotton is grown with no pesticides or chemical fertilizers and with non-GMO seeds. That’s awesome. But even though it stands for a large part of Monki’s sustainably sourced cotton, it stands for a smaller part of the global cotton production—because transitioning to organic cotton is not always easy, or fast. The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production as a whole better, and more quickly. That is awesome too, in a different way. Recycled cotton helps make fashion circular, a necessary step going forward. Basically, three cool things.

Recycled fibres

Recycled polyester

We aim to increase our use of recycled polyester and move towards less virgin polyester in the coming years. Recycled polyester is often made from used PET bottles. Initiatives like Bottles to fashion, inspire us and help us feed the material back into the fashion loop. So, thanks for recycling whenever possible — you may be contributing to our next collection! And by making sure that plastic doesn’t end up in a landfill or in the ocean, you’re actively contributing in a positive way for the environment.

Recycled polyamide

We get our recycled polyamide from materials like old fishing nets and carpets, as well as waste left-overs from production.

Recycled wool

Recycled wool can be used for heavier materials for example, like outdoor garments. It comes from the waste or cut-offs created during production or from clothes gathered via garment collecting initiatives—so help fashion become more circular, recycle your old jumper.

Recycled plastics

Recycling plastic bottles is one of the easiest ways to contribute to circular fashion! They are one of the most versatile materials we can recycle today, and turn out really nice as clothes or accessories. At Monki, we get our recycled plastic from PET plastic bottles, plastic bags, shampoo bottles and other plastic containers. Recycling is always in fashion.

Some of the recycled plastics are:
Recycled PS (polystyrene)
Recycled polyester (polyethylene terephthalate – PET).
Recycled Acrylic (polymethyl methacrylate – PMMA)
Recycled ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
Recycled PU (Thermoplastic polyurethane – TPU)

TENCEL®

Tencel is a lyocell fibre with very low environmental impact during its production – low use of chemicals and water as well as low CO2 emissions. The raw material comes from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC™) certified eucalyptus trees.

Animal Welfare

We do not have many products in leather, down and feathers or wool but if we do, we have a very strict policy for animal welfare in our Sustainability Commitment

Any leather used is a by-product of the meat industry and we do not accept leather from some risk countries like India and Bangladesh.

We don’t sell down or feathers unless we're certain they're cruelty-free and it must fulfil the Responsible Down Standard.

Wool must be mulesing free and we require that all sheep wool originating from Australia is declared as ‘non-mulesed’ (NM) or ‘ceased-mulesed’ (CM) in a National Wool Declaration (NWD) test certificate. We aim for to use only wool that fulfil Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) and certified.

Other materials

We also believe that food comes first. That said, we are committed to only using materials that have been produced using soil that is not needed for food production. We do accept bio-based materials made from by-products from food crop production and from Bonsucro sugarcanes. We also accept bio-based materials and bioplastics made from food crops (if the sustainability performance is better compared to traditional fibre crops).

Our 'no-go' material list

Last but definitely not least, the list of materials we do not use in any Monki fashion or in our store interiors, packaging and other non-commercial goods.

  • We don’t use rainforest products
  • We don’t use real furs
  • We don’t use angora wool
  • We don’t test any products on animals
  • We don’t use PVC in our products

Materials

Did you know that all the cotton we source is sourced more sustainably? Or that our entire denim range is made from 100% organic cotton? Or, that our aim is to source recycled or other more sustainable materials only, by 2030? Or… we could go on forever, let’s just dive on in.

Sustainably sourced cotton

From September 2018 and onwards we are sourcing 100% of our cotton sustainably. Forever. It’s a small step towards a big goal: recycled or other sustainably sourced materials only by 2030. And in the long run, it’s a step towards contributing to a more sustainable way of doing fashion.

But at the same time, sustainably sourced cotton is an important step. The fibre is key in what we do as a fashion brand, so while we’re humble in the face of the challenges ahead, we’re also happy to say we promote the change that is starting to happen in the cotton industry. 

But what does sustainably sourced cotton actually mean? Well, what we’re looking for in our sourcing process, is cotton produced by methods that reduce the environmental footprint in a significant way, and improve cotton production as a whole. At Monki, that means either organic cotton, recycled cotton or responsibly grown cotton sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative.

Organic cotton

Organic cotton is cotton grown without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers – and no genetically modified organisms (GMO). Also, choosing organic cotton means 46% less climate impact compared to conventional grown cotton (according to Textile Exchange report 2016). All organic cotton products have been independently certified by accredited certification bodies according to the standards OCS (Organic Content Standard) or the GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard).

Recycled cotton

Recycled cotton is made from recycled cotton fabrics (e.g. recycled clothes) that are mechanically recycled and spun into new yarn. Recycled cotton reduces both the water use and the climate impact by around 75% compared to virgin cotton fibres. For all recycled materials, we use the independent third-party certifications GRS (Global Recycle Standard) and RCS (Recycled Claim Standard). Did you know that you can recycle any textile in any Monki store in the world? Click here to find you closest option.

Better Cotton Initiative and Better Cotton

We’re a proud member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. BCI trains farmers to use water efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, reduce use of harmful chemicals and respect the rights and well-being of workers. It’s a holistic approach to growing cotton in a more sustainable way. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance and not physically traceable to end products. BCI Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we source.  

Read more about Better Cotton and BCI at bettercotton.org.

Sustainably sourced? Organic? Better? Recycled? What’s the difference?

Confused? Yes, it’s can seem complex. But it’s not as confusing as it seems, once you figure this out: sustainably sourced cotton is to organic, recycled or Better Cotton what the word fruit is to pears, oranges and apples. They are all fruits. Great fruits. Just different types.

By buying cotton products from Monki, you’re either supporting organic cotton, recycled cotton or BCI Farmers and responsibly grown cotton. Organic cotton is grown with no pesticides or chemical fertilizers and with non-GMO seeds. That’s awesome. But even though it stands for a large part of Monki’s sustainably sourced cotton, it stands for a smaller part of the global cotton production—because transitioning to organic cotton is not always easy, or fast. The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production as a whole better, and more quickly. That is awesome too, in a different way. Recycled cotton helps make fashion circular, a necessary step going forward. Basically, three cool things.

Recycled fibres

Recycled polyester

We aim to increase our use of recycled polyester and move towards less virgin polyester in the coming years. Recycled polyester is often made from used PET bottles. Initiatives like Bottles to fashion, inspire us and help us feed the material back into the fashion loop. So, thanks for recycling whenever possible — you may be contributing to our next collection! And by making sure that plastic doesn’t end up in a landfill or in the ocean, you’re actively contributing in a positive way for the environment.

Recycled polyamide

We get our recycled polyamide from materials like old fishing nets and carpets, as well as waste left-overs from production.

Recycled wool

Recycled wool can be used for heavier materials for example, like outdoor garments. It comes from the waste or cut-offs created during production or from clothes gathered via garment collecting initiatives—so help fashion become more circular, recycle your old jumper.

Recycled plastics

Recycling plastic bottles is one of the easiest ways to contribute to circular fashion! They are one of the most versatile materials we can recycle today, and turn out really nice as clothes or accessories. At Monki, we get our recycled plastic from PET plastic bottles, plastic bags, shampoo bottles and other plastic containers. Recycling is always in fashion.

Some of the recycled plastics are:
Recycled PS (polystyrene)
Recycled polyester (polyethylene terephthalate – PET).
Recycled Acrylic (polymethyl methacrylate – PMMA)
Recycled ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
Recycled PU (Thermoplastic polyurethane – TPU)

TENCEL®

Tencel is a lyocell fibre with very low environmental impact during its production – low use of chemicals and water as well as low CO2 emissions. The raw material comes from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC™) certified eucalyptus trees.

Animal Welfare

We do not have many products in leather, down and feathers or wool but if we do, we have a very strict policy for animal welfare in our Sustainability Commitment

Any leather used is a by-product of the meat industry and we do not accept leather from some risk countries like India and Bangladesh.

We don’t sell down or feathers unless we're certain they're cruelty-free and it must fulfil the Responsible Down Standard.

Wool must be mulesing free and we require that all sheep wool originating from Australia is declared as ‘non-mulesed’ (NM) or ‘ceased-mulesed’ (CM) in a National Wool Declaration (NWD) test certificate. We aim for to use only wool that fulfil Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) and certified.

Other materials

We also believe that food comes first. That said, we are committed to only using materials that have been produced using soil that is not needed for food production. We do accept bio-based materials made from by-products from food crop production and from Bonsucro sugarcanes. We also accept bio-based materials and bioplastics made from food crops (if the sustainability performance is better compared to traditional fibre crops).

Our 'no-go' material list

Last but definitely not least, the list of materials we do not use in any Monki fashion or in our store interiors, packaging and other non-commercial goods.

  • We don’t use rainforest products
  • We don’t use real furs
  • We don’t use angora wool
  • We don’t test any products on animals
  • We don’t use PVC in our products