United States

Created in 2002 in Brooklyn, New York as a branch of Williams- Sonoma Inc., West Elm focuses on affordable and modern designs that are primarily organic, handcrafted, and sourced sustainably. West Elm is focused on the communities surrounding each of their stores and they carry products from local makers who live or work near a West Elm store. West Elm’s LOCAL program, which was found in 2013, has helped over 900 local artisans’ work to be featured at a store. While being located in over 85 US cities, West Elm can also be found internationally, expanding the ability to be featured in stores to local makers globally.  In 2014, West Elm was the first home retailer to join Fair Trade USA. They are FSC Certified, part of The Forest Stewardship Council, which is considered the gold standard of forest management, as well as OCS (The Organic Content Standard) Certified and GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standards) Certified. West Elm is committed to using 100% organic cotton, free of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. West Elm’s promises for the company in 2020 include for 40% of all products to be Fair Trade Certified, 50% of all wood to be sustainably sourced, and 20% of products to be continued to be handcrafted.  See West Elm’s Responsible Retail Glossary to easily navigate through sustainably made and handcrafted products on their website.  For a brief overview of their Fair Trade practices, watch their short video, Shop for Change

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