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We’ve researched and tested hundreds of desks with eco-friendly materials — these are our top picks for a sustainable home office.

We’re upgrading our desks to maximize our productivity and comfort, and we think you might be too. If you’re also on the hunt for a new desk that is maybe a step up from IKEA, check out these sustainable options with local manufacturing, responsibly sourced materials, and low or neutral carbon emissions. Top it off with a comfy and eco-conscious desk chair, and you’ll be good to go.

Why choose an eco-friendly desk?

You might opt for a wooden desk or one made with sustainable materials for a few reasons — aesthetic appeal, durability, and sustainability being at the top of the list. The natural beauty of wooden desks offers a timeless appeal and can easily complement other furniture in your home. High-quality materials are also made to be sturdy and durable, especially when made from hardwoods — meaning your furniture will stand the test of time. Best of all, many sustainable wood desks are made with wood from sustainably managed forests, or reclaimed wood, which is better for our environment.

And, of course, if these desks aren’t your style or the price tag is a bit too steep, consider renting or going secondhand.


1. Avocado

1% for the planet
American made
B corp
Climate neutral
FSC
Greenguard certified
Natural materials

Made In | Los Angeles
Sustainable Features | Climate Neutral certified, GREENGUARD Gold certified, FSC certified, sustainable solid wood, nontoxic materials
Starting At | $2999

Avocado’s Mid-Century Modern Desk is here to elevate your office space with its angular silhouette, soft-close drawers and timeless charm. Made with responsibly-sourced solid wood (for its long-lasting and resilient appeal) in Avocado’s FSC-certified Los Angeles woodshop, this desk is designed for longevity and durability for years to come. Safety is of utmost importance, with the desk being Formaldehyde-Free Claim Verified by UL, meaning no VOC’s and phthalates. For environmentally-friendly living, you can’t get any better!

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2. Work From Home Desks

American made
FSC
Natural materials

Made In | Torrance, CA
Sustainable Features | FSC certified birch, EPA certified for low emissions
Starting at | $349

Work From Home Desks is the ergonomic, easy, and effective setup you need to get right to work, wherever home is (without any tools!). Crafted just outside of Los Angeles with FSC certified birch timber, each adjustable desk is slim and simple yet exceptionally sturdy, holding up to 100 pounds of equipment. You can also find larger or kid-sized desks and accessories like a laptop lifter or shelf to best fit your needs.


3. MasayaCo

FSC
Handcrafted
Made to order
Natural materials
Plant trees
Small business
Warranty offered

Made In | Nicaragua
Sustainable Features | Sustainably harvested wood, plants more trees than they harvest via their Seed to Seat process, eco-friendly production
Starting At | $795

MasayaCo is an FSC-certified sustainable furniture brand from the heart of Nicaragua. With a focus on thoughtful design, artisan craftsmanship, and reforestation, the brand has planted over 1.2 million trees to date, keeping part of their reforestation projects untouched to allow nature to thrive on its own. The minimalist desks come in two wood swatches, all of which are handmade to order by their trained in-house artisans. So not only are these desks gorgeous, but they’re an intentional investment in communities, too.


4. West Elm

Budget friendly
FSC
Fair trade
Greenguard certified
Natural materials

Made In | Vietnam, Indonesia, China, or India
Sustainable Features | FSC certified wood, GREENGUARD Gold certified, water-based finish, Fair Trade Certified options
Starting At | $155

West Elm’s line of Fair Trade Certified desks perfectly blend style and sustainability. They’re made with responsibly sourced materials, including FSC certified wood, by workers in safe, fair working conditions across Asia. Finished with a water-based stain, these mid-century style desks are stunning natural and neutral options for any home office. We especially love the ones that come with additional storage!


5. Flexispot

Budget friendly
FSC
Natural materials
Recycled materials

Made In | China & Vietnam
Sustainable Features | FSC certified, recycled materials, natural materials, gives back
Starting At | $140

Flexispot’s commitment to wellness and productivity in the workplace is seen through their line of ergonomic desks and workstations. The brand carries a large selection of height-adjustable, drawer and L-shaped standing desks in a number of sizes, materials and prices that fit any budget. Made from recyclable, recycled and upcycled materials including wood from sustainably managed forests, Flexispot ensures they limit their carbon footprint even when producing premium products. We especially love the high-tech desk control options that display your favorite height settings and the embedded charging ports for ease of use.


6. RLDH

American made
Budget friendly
Natural materials
Small business

Made In | Escondido, CA
Sustainable Features | Made-to-order, carbon-neutral shipping
Starting At | $134

Rodolfo Lozano launched RLDH in Southern California after seeing his design dreams come to life on his renovated home, his son’s crib, and a successful Kickstarter. Today, RLDH’s scaffolds and standing desks are made-to-order using high-quality maple and birch, tailored to your specific height and computer. Consider one of these desks or scaffolds if you’re not quite ready to purchase a new desk but want to switch to standing work. (And enjoy carbon-neutral shipping!)


7. Koskela

B corp
Natural materials
Woman owned

Made In | Melbourne, Australia
Sustainable Features | Responsibly sourced materials, certified B Corp, GECA certified, gives back
Starting At | $515 AUD

Koskela became the first furniture brand in Australia to be named a certified B Corp, and its values shine through. Whenever possible, Koskela sources from Indigenous businesses, gives back to the Rainforest Rescue, and goes through hoops to earn the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Certification. We’re big fans of the Jacinda Folding Desk (named after New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden), a compact, clean, and collapsible table that works anytime, anywhere. Plus, if and when you no longer work from home, you can keep it safely stored for years to come!


Featured image from West Elm