What you can do

Planet power › What you can do

Something as simple as how you do your laundry can make a big difference for the environment. In fact, we’ve put together a list of tips that will make the environment, your energy bill and your clothes much happier.

Reduce
Re-use & repair
Recycle

Reduce

Turns out the lazier you are, the better! Here are our top tips for caring for your clothes, and the environment. Win, win!

 

Wash less. Much less.

Most of us wash our clothes too often. Be lazier. By cutting down on unnecessary laundry cycles, you can easily reduce your garment’s environmental footprint. Not to mention save your clothes the wear and tear of a machine cycle, making them last longer. You’ll like the effect on your energy bill too. It’s a triple win. Use your eyes and nose to determine when you really should schedule in a laundry day. And take a look at our tips below to cut down on machine washing even further by refreshing and cleaning your garments in between washes. Note: socks and underwear should be washed after every use.

 

Air your dirty laundry

Airing in between washes refreshes your clothes and helps your cut down on washes. A short stint in the fresh air or even just hung over the back of a chair in your apartment overnight can make a difference. Another tip is to hang things up in in the bathroom while you shower: the humid air is extra efficient, and as a bonus will give your clothes a good steaming to save you on ironing.

 

Brush more than just your teeth

Brushing or using a lint roller is a great way to refresh clothes, especially coarser, sturdier fabrics like wool blends in coats etcetera.

 

Spot clean

Save energy by manually removing stains in between machine washes. Try to spot clean as soon as possible, that’s easier.

 

Only wash full loads

Half empty machines use almost as much energy as full ones, and you get less clean laundry out of it.

 

Wash cooler

A really lazy tip: don’t even turn the temperature up. Did you know that just picking 30° over 40° or even 60° on your washing machine represents a considerable energy saving? Did you also know that care labels state the highest temperature the garment can be washed at, not a recommended temperature? Modern detergents are so efficient that your clothes will be just as clean at 30°. If your machine has an eco setting, choose that.

Bonus tip: turn your jeans inside out to prevent damage to the wash (aka the colour) and save them from wear and tear.

 

Don't use too much detergent

Your clothes won’t be any cleaner for it, and the extra chemicals won’t make the environment any happier. Check the packaging for recommendations.

Always look for an eco-label. Many of the chemicals used in detergent have a negative environmental impact, so picking a good one makes a difference. And try to avoid fabric softeners – as most have not-so-great chemicals in them and usually come in plastic packaging.

 

Tumble dry: nope. Line dry: yes, yes, yes.

If you’re only going to change one thing, change this. Tumble dryers and drying cabinets may be convenient, but they use a lot of energy. A lot. Hanging your clothes up to dry the natural way is much better for the environment and your clothes. Use a clothes line or a clothes horse for inside. Remember to reshape the wet garments (stretch at the seams etcetera) to help them come out smooth-looking.

Tip: For heavy knits, wool and wool blend sweaters, remember to check the care label. They probably keep their shape and size better if you flat dry them, and try a towel underneath for a faster dry.

 

Only iron if you have to

Hang drying instead of tumble drying can save you ironing time as well as the energy cost of heating and running an iron. Just remember to reshape your clothes before you hang them to dry. For an even better result, use hangers for shirts, blouses, dresses and so on.

If your clothes are already clean and dry, hang them in your bathroom when you shower. The moist air will act a bit like a steamer, helping reduce the creases.

All our garments are marked with the Clevercare label. For more tips go to clevercare.info

 

If the stains won't go away

Repair, redesign or recycle. Some stains just won’t go away. A patch or DIY illustration can be the perfect solution (and a great way to add personality) but we’re fans of all kinds of simple redesigns. Check out our Jeanious hacks for inspiration. But nothing lasts forever. When a garment has come to the end of its life cycle (in your wardrobe anyway), remember: you can recycle any textiles in any Monki store, anywhere in the world. We’ll give you a 10% discount to say thanks.

Find your nearest store here.

Reduce & repair

Love your clothes longer and give them a second chance at life by remaking them into something brand new. A pair of jeans can easily be made to look and feel brand-new with a some simple Jeanious hacks.

We’ve put together step-by-step instructions on how to revamp your favourite pair of jeans. See all of our jeanious hacks here

Recycle

Did you know that you can recycle your old clothes in any Monki store, anywhere in the world? Any clothes, from any brand, in any condition – our partners at I:CO will help give it all a second chance.

A huge 95% of all clothes that end up in a landfill today could have been recycled. Sourcing virgin fibres is costly for the environment and generates waste. That doesn’t make sense. Not letting resources go to waste makes sense. That’s why we offer the opportunity to recycle in all our stores and encourage you to make recycling a part of your visits to Monki.

By working together as a fashion brand and fashion fans we can take an important step towards circular fashion. Our aim is to increase the volume of recycled garments by 10% per year, to reach 100 tons by the end of 2020. In the end, we hope to help make recycling clothes as much a part of how we live our lives as recycling PET bottles is in many countries.

 

How to recycle at Monki: it’s as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Collect your old, unwanted or used-up clothes and textiles in any condition from any brand — we don't accept shoes at this time.
  2. Put them in a bag.
  3. Whenever you’re going for a visit to one of our Monki stores, bring your recycling bag. Hand it to our store staff at the check-out. They’ll give you a 10% voucher for your next purchase, valid for 6 months, to say thanks.

 

Won’t I disturb the store staff?

Nope! Handing recycling is part of their job and they’re super nice too.

 

What happens to the clothes I recycle?

Good question! Monki does not own the clothes that you recycle with us. We simply store them until our partner I:CO collects and brings them to their sorting plant where they are sorted into two categories: re-wear or recycle.

Recycle: Garments and textiles that are not suitable for reuse or rewear. Textiles in this category will be converted into recycled fibres and non-woven fabric.

Rewear: Garments or textiles in wearable condition. These are sorted as second-hand items.

We do not make any profit from your recycling, and we never will. H&M Group reinvests their surplus in its Circular & Renewable Innovation Lab to support entrepreneurs and innovators within recycling and more sustainable materials and production processes, as well as initiating and funding community programs in their retail markets. In addition, some money is given to charity.

 

Can I recycle more than just clothes?

Yes! But not in the Monki stores. At the moment we just accept old garments and textiles. But recycling makes sense for many man-made materials and products, from glass to paper to electronics. Check out your recycling possibilities on your local council website. And even though you can’t recycle other materials than fabric with us, there are many other ways to contribute to making fashion more circular. The best example is plastic, especially PET bottles. These can be turned into fabric. So the next time you go to the recycling station, you might be contributing to next season’s fashion. Read more about what recycled materials we use under Materials & fibres.

 

What if I want to recycle or donate elsewhere?

We encourage everyone to recycle or donate if the clothes are wearable, to the organisations they want to support. For us, it’s just important to offer the opportunity as a fashion brand to recycle with us, in our stores.

What you can do

Planet power › What you can do

Something as simple as how you do your laundry can make a big difference for the environment. In fact, we’ve put together a list of tips that will make the environment, your energy bill and your clothes much happier.

Reduce
Re-use & repair
Recycle

Reduce

Turns out the lazier you are, the better! Here are our top tips for caring for your clothes, and the environment. Win, win!

 

Wash less. Much less.

Most of us wash our clothes too often. Be lazier. By cutting down on unnecessary laundry cycles, you can easily reduce your garment’s environmental footprint. Not to mention save your clothes the wear and tear of a machine cycle, making them last longer. You’ll like the effect on your energy bill too. It’s a triple win. Use your eyes and nose to determine when you really should schedule in a laundry day. And take a look at our tips below to cut down on machine washing even further by refreshing and cleaning your garments in between washes. Note: socks and underwear should be washed after every use.

 

Air your dirty laundry

Airing in between washes refreshes your clothes and helps your cut down on washes. A short stint in the fresh air or even just hung over the back of a chair in your apartment overnight can make a difference. Another tip is to hang things up in in the bathroom while you shower: the humid air is extra efficient, and as a bonus will give your clothes a good steaming to save you on ironing.

 

Brush more than just your teeth

Brushing or using a lint roller is a great way to refresh clothes, especially coarser, sturdier fabrics like wool blends in coats etcetera.

 

Spot clean

Save energy by manually removing stains in between machine washes. Try to spot clean as soon as possible, that’s easier.

 

Only wash full loads

Half empty machines use almost as much energy as full ones, and you get less clean laundry out of it.

 

Wash cooler

A really lazy tip: don’t even turn the temperature up. Did you know that just picking 30° over 40° or even 60° on your washing machine represents a considerable energy saving? Did you also know that care labels state the highest temperature the garment can be washed at, not a recommended temperature? Modern detergents are so efficient that your clothes will be just as clean at 30°. If your machine has an eco setting, choose that.

Bonus tip: turn your jeans inside out to prevent damage to the wash (aka the colour) and save them from wear and tear.

 

Don't use too much detergent

Your clothes won’t be any cleaner for it, and the extra chemicals won’t make the environment any happier. Check the packaging for recommendations.

Always look for an eco-label. Many of the chemicals used in detergent have a negative environmental impact, so picking a good one makes a difference. And try to avoid fabric softeners – as most have not-so-great chemicals in them and usually come in plastic packaging.

 

Tumble dry: nope. Line dry: yes, yes, yes.

If you’re only going to change one thing, change this. Tumble dryers and drying cabinets may be convenient, but they use a lot of energy. A lot. Hanging your clothes up to dry the natural way is much better for the environment and your clothes. Use a clothes line or a clothes horse for inside. Remember to reshape the wet garments (stretch at the seams etcetera) to help them come out smooth-looking.

Tip: For heavy knits, wool and wool blend sweaters, remember to check the care label. They probably keep their shape and size better if you flat dry them, and try a towel underneath for a faster dry.

 

Only iron if you have to

Hang drying instead of tumble drying can save you ironing time as well as the energy cost of heating and running an iron. Just remember to reshape your clothes before you hang them to dry. For an even better result, use hangers for shirts, blouses, dresses and so on.

If your clothes are already clean and dry, hang them in your bathroom when you shower. The moist air will act a bit like a steamer, helping reduce the creases.

All our garments are marked with the Clevercare label. For more tips go to clevercare.info

 

If the stains won't go away

Repair, redesign or recycle. Some stains just won’t go away. A patch or DIY illustration can be the perfect solution (and a great way to add personality) but we’re fans of all kinds of simple redesigns. Check out our Jeanious hacks for inspiration. But nothing lasts forever. When a garment has come to the end of its life cycle (in your wardrobe anyway), remember: you can recycle any textiles in any Monki store, anywhere in the world. We’ll give you a 10% discount to say thanks.

Find your nearest store here.

Reduce & repair

Love your clothes longer and give them a second chance at life by remaking them into something brand new. A pair of jeans can easily be made to look and feel brand-new with a some simple Jeanious hacks.

We’ve put together step-by-step instructions on how to revamp your favourite pair of jeans. See all of our jeanious hacks here

Recycle

Did you know that you can recycle your old clothes in any Monki store, anywhere in the world? Any clothes, from any brand, in any condition – our partners at I:CO will help give it all a second chance.

A huge 95% of all clothes that end up in a landfill today could have been recycled. Sourcing virgin fibres is costly for the environment and generates waste. That doesn’t make sense. Not letting resources go to waste makes sense. That’s why we offer the opportunity to recycle in all our stores and encourage you to make recycling a part of your visits to Monki.

By working together as a fashion brand and fashion fans we can take an important step towards circular fashion. Our aim is to increase the volume of recycled garments by 10% per year, to reach 100 tons by the end of 2020. In the end, we hope to help make recycling clothes as much a part of how we live our lives as recycling PET bottles is in many countries.

 

How to recycle at Monki: it’s as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Collect your old, unwanted or used-up clothes and textiles in any condition from any brand — we don't accept shoes at this time.
  2. Put them in a bag.
  3. Whenever you’re going for a visit to one of our Monki stores, bring your recycling bag. Hand it to our store staff at the check-out. They’ll give you a 10% voucher for your next purchase, valid for 6 months, to say thanks.

 

Won’t I disturb the store staff?

Nope! Handing recycling is part of their job and they’re super nice too.

 

What happens to the clothes I recycle?

Good question! Monki does not own the clothes that you recycle with us. We simply store them until our partner I:CO collects and brings them to their sorting plant where they are sorted into two categories: re-wear or recycle.

Recycle: Garments and textiles that are not suitable for reuse or rewear. Textiles in this category will be converted into recycled fibres and non-woven fabric.

Rewear: Garments or textiles in wearable condition. These are sorted as second-hand items.

We do not make any profit from your recycling, and we never will. H&M Group reinvests their surplus in its Circular & Renewable Innovation Lab to support entrepreneurs and innovators within recycling and more sustainable materials and production processes, as well as initiating and funding community programs in their retail markets. In addition, some money is given to charity.

 

Can I recycle more than just clothes?

Yes! But not in the Monki stores. At the moment we just accept old garments and textiles. But recycling makes sense for many man-made materials and products, from glass to paper to electronics. Check out your recycling possibilities on your local council website. And even though you can’t recycle other materials than fabric with us, there are many other ways to contribute to making fashion more circular. The best example is plastic, especially PET bottles. These can be turned into fabric. So the next time you go to the recycling station, you might be contributing to next season’s fashion. Read more about what recycled materials we use under Materials & fibres.

 

What if I want to recycle or donate elsewhere?

We encourage everyone to recycle or donate if the clothes are wearable, to the organisations they want to support. For us, it’s just important to offer the opportunity as a fashion brand to recycle with us, in our stores.