We have established four guiding principles which govern everything we do here at The Monkey Puzzle Tree – from the way we seek out our incredible artists to the way we manufacture. Below, we sum up the four key pillars of our pledge to you…
Ethical & sustainable
As an ethical brand, we promise to make all our fabrics, wallpapers and cushions to the highest possible environmental standards. We are powered by green energy, we reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible, and we use FSC-certified paper for our wallcoverings.
Keeping it local
The connection to manufacturing runs deep within our Yorkshire roots. Our founder, Charlotte, experienced first-hand the decimation of the industry when the Leeds tannery in which she worked closed down in the mid-Noughties. And both her husband and father-in-law once worked in the steel industry. To help celebrate and sustain manufacturing in the North, all our products are designed and made within 100 miles of our Leeds studio. Playing our small role in continuing this precious and long-running part of the North of England's heritage.
In order to support our artists and provide them with something akin to a small salary each month, we pay them a 20% royalty. We feel this is a generous and appropriate way to value their work and enable them to continue to create new, surprising and beautiful designs.
And as part of our‘Donate Don’t Discount' approach, we give back to our local community by donating 20% of our takings over the Black Friday weekend to local homeless charity Homeless Street Angels.
We are committed to diversity at The Monkey Puzzle Tree, broadening our approach to ensure that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artists are represented within our collective. Taking this approach not only better reflects our diverse community, but also allows us to seek out ever more unusual and inspirational starting points for our designs. We are also fully signed up members of the Design For Diversity pledge established by interior designer Rukmini Patel and interiors journalist Kate Watson-Smyth to address inequalities in the design industry.