Let’s talk toxic free fashion

#whatsinmyclothes

Toxic free fashion.

It’s a phrase that maybe many of us aren’t familiar with. But it directly affects all of us.

It’s important to know that some chemicals are safe but some (the hazardous ones), can be dangerous for you, for animals and for the planet. At Monki, we’re committed to toxic free fashion and to ensuring none of the harmful kind of chemicals are used to produce our products.

In 2011 we, together with H&M Group, signed a commitment to phase out hazardous chemicals within our textile supply chains by 2020. We also have sustainability commitment assessments that include a set of requirements concerning the safety of chemical handling and storage, as well as environmental requirements such as the treatment of wastewater and the handling of hazardous waste.

 

Let’s break it down a little further – we've set a plan in motion that includes these aspects:

  • 100% Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals — meaning, there is no hazardous chemicals used in our supply chain.
  • Traceability of the input of chemicals used in all H&M Group production for commercial goods.
  • Policy engagement to push legislation and support public policies promoting progressive chemical management.
  • Share information with customers and work with a 'right to know' Including full public disclosure of wastewater discharge test data.
  • We promote innovation and the development of better chemicals and technologies to enable the use of better chemicals in the supply chain.
  • Clean factories with restricted chemicals phased-out in the whole production site and, 100% Common Industry tools and standards.

Recycling

It’s also worth mentioning that recycled materials are a key element in a circular future. However, increasing the use of recycled materials while staying toxic-free has it's challenges. That's why we've started mapping textile waste streams and we're also assessing chemicals. This way, we can assure that hazardous substances are not allowed to re-enter the production cycle.

Working conditions

We want to be kind to the world and empower the people in it. This includes improving the working conditions for the people we work with in the factories and ensuring they have fair living wages.

Our Code of Conduct, the Sustainability Commitment, defines the requirements we impose on our suppliers and their subcontractors. It is a clarification of our requirements for environmental and social responsibility. To become an approved Monki (or H&M Group) supplier, you must sign the code of conduct.

 

The Sustainability Commitment covers these aspects:

  • Health and safety
  • Discrimination, diversity and equal rights
  • Recognised employment
  • Fair living wage and benefits
  • Working hours
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Prohibition of child labour and young workers
  • Prohibition of forced, bonded, prison and illegal labour

 

All of these aspects lead to cleaner water, cleaner products and better working conditions. And most importantly, a cleaner planet.

Monki has a long history in banning and phasing out hazardous chemicals, but we’re still not perfect, and the textile industry as a whole has a long way to go. Which is why we will continue to innovate and take steps toward a 100% toxic free fashion future.

Did you know?

  • In 1995, H&M Group was one of the first in the industry to establish a Chemical Restrictions List. The list has been continuously updated since and is now aligned with industry requirement. Applying industry requirement is crucial in securing safe chemical usage by suppliers beyond the orders related to H&M Group.
  • H&M Group’s chemical requirements usually go further than existing regulations and together we can promote progressive chemical management. The overall strategy is that hazardous chemicals shouldn’t be used in production or be found in any of our products.
  • To ensure compliance with our Chemical Restrictions we perform regular tests on our products, mainly performed by third-party laboratories. In the H&M Group’s latest sustainability report, the test results were 99% compliant.

Let’s talk toxic free fashion

#whatsinmyclothes

Toxic free fashion.

It’s a phrase that maybe many of us aren’t familiar with. But it directly affects all of us.

It’s important to know that some chemicals are safe but some (the hazardous ones), can be dangerous for you, for animals and for the planet. At Monki, we’re committed to toxic free fashion and to ensuring none of the harmful kind of chemicals are used to produce our products.

In 2011 we, together with H&M Group, signed a commitment to phase out hazardous chemicals within our textile supply chains by 2020. We also have sustainability commitment assessments that include a set of requirements concerning the safety of chemical handling and storage, as well as environmental requirements such as the treatment of wastewater and the handling of hazardous waste.

 

Let’s break it down a little further – we've set a plan in motion that includes these aspects:

  • 100% Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals — meaning, there is no hazardous chemicals used in our supply chain.
  • Traceability of the input of chemicals used in all H&M Group production for commercial goods.
  • Policy engagement to push legislation and support public policies promoting progressive chemical management.
  • Share information with customers and work with a 'right to know' Including full public disclosure of wastewater discharge test data.
  • We promote innovation and the development of better chemicals and technologies to enable the use of better chemicals in the supply chain.
  • Clean factories with restricted chemicals phased-out in the whole production site and, 100% Common Industry tools and standards.