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Design Value

Good for people, good for the planet

At West Elm, we use design to do better—for the earth, our communities and you. Today, 60% of our product sales support at least one of our sustainability initiatives, and we’re doing more every day.

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Good for people

We believe in great design,
from around the corner to
around the globe. That means
supporting the people behind
your products with ethical
production, worker well-being
and economic impact.

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Original design

From our Brooklyn studios, our in-house team designs exclusive collections you won't find anywhere else.

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95% of our products are designed in-house.
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Local
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We champion the maker movement in your own backyard to help strengthen local economies and boost burgeoning artists and designers, especially in underrepresented areas.

Handcrafted
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We collaborate with artisan collectives around the world to help preserve their handcraft traditions and create opportunities for sustainable employment,especially in rural areas.

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Fair Trade

US$5.7M paid in Fair Trade community development funds.

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We were the first-ever home retoiler to join Fair Trade USA, ensuring workers fair wages, healthy working conditions and community development.

Nonprofit partners

We’re proud to work with these organizations and bring you closer to causes you care about.

BSR|HERproject™, Fair Trade USA, Fifteen Percent Pledge,
The Trevor Project®, Jackie Robinson Foundation, NAACP, National Urban
League, NEST, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, VisionSpring

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Good for the planet

At West Elm, were in the business of home—and the planet is everyone's home. We're focused on ‘expanding our use of low-impact materials, reducing waste and prioritizing circularity

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Organic

Grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers organic fibres contribute to healthier ecosystems.

100% of our all-cotton bedding and bath towels are
sustainably sourced, including organic.

2.3B litres of water saved in 2019 by sourcing organic cotton.

550+ farmers trained in more sustainable practices in 2020
through our partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative.

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Sustainably sourced

Wherever possible, we're sourcing more FSC®-certified, recycled and upcycled materials (and creating less waste).

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52% of our wood furniture is sustainably sourced.

66M plastic bottles kept from landfill through
REPREVE® recycled polyester.

We are the most sustainable home furnishings retailer—the only home retailer on Barron's 1OO Most Sustainable U.S. Companies list for the past four years.

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Certified nontoxic

Many of our collections are certified to GREENGUARD Gold or STANDARD 100 by OEKO- TEX® standards, tested for harmful chemicals to guarantee you safe and healthy quality.

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100,000 chemicals and VOCs screened
when making our GREENGUARD Gold
Certified furniture.


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Learn more about how we hold ourselves accountable.