A Quick Note on our Commitments to Responsible Sourcing

A Quick Note on our Commitments to Responsible Sourcing

 We started West Path with the idea that we can make great products in a responsible way.

On a surf trip to Mexico, we noticed there was a lot of people who wanted to work, but who couldn’t find anyone to employ them.  We started knocking on church doors in Rosarito to see if there were any people in the congregation who knew how to sew and wanted to work, but who couldn’t find a job. To our surprise, there were many people in this situation. Most of whom were not employed because they had children or elderly family to take care of at home. We went back the next week and gave the church sewing machines, raw material, and sewing patterns and showed them how to make our surfboard bags. The result was our first Baja Bag.

The gratitude of these women and the community of people we have interacted with in Mexico inspired us to continue with a business that not only sells great products but has a mind for people who create them. 

Surfboard bags made by local communites

As we have grown, we continue with this focus on responsible sourcing: our second line of board bags come from family artisans in a small town in Portugal, and we even source handbags from a local seamstress here in California.  When there is no other option but to use a factory to produce our products, we have used only factories that are audited by independent third parties for safe working conditions. Additionally, we are incorporating more recycled or environmentally friendly materials into our products (such as vegan leather).

As we plan for the future, we have big ideas in the works: from creating a network of local independent seamstresses to working with a Free Trade Certified factory that gives back to their workers. We're excited about what’s next.  

We care about the environment and we care about the people who make our products. This will never change, as our commitment to responsible sourcing is the founding bedrock of our company.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for shopping for great products, made by people who care.



West Path


Check out our new blog post on social responsibility here



Sep 27, 2021

Our site doesn't enable us to post replies to each comment, but we're happy to answer any and all questions via email. To answer a few from the comments below: we pay the workers for our board bags directly ourselves :). We provided the machinery and fabric, patterns, etc. ourselves and they work in their own homes or the Church. We pay them per bag, and if someone was to sew 8 hours/day making bags, they would be making something like 4x-5x minimum wage for the northern Mexico region (5x-7x mainland minimum wage). We also bring over a thousand dollars worth of Christmas presents to them and their families during the holidays (they need it more than we do).  We also do certified, third party inspections of any factory we use to ensure safe and fair working conditions. We have also seen pictures and videos of independent artisans working to ensure they are legitimate. We have landed 2 fair trade factories since this article has been posted as well. 

  If you have more questions, please put them below or email us, we’re happy to help and are happy you guys are engaged and doing due diligence :)


  • T. Peters

    How much do you pay your Mexican staff? Do you share your profit with them? Too many white folks are profiting off of the cultural heritage and products irresponsibly. If you’re truly teammates who are being honest about your responsibility with sourcing, than you will make this post public and be transparent with how you manage this issue. How much do you pay your international and even local staff and how much do you profit off of each blanket/item? I really hope your commitment isn’t performative and truly ethical.

  • Pam wylie

    I just made my first purchase of a beautiful blanket and was surprised by a hand written note and a coin bag! I intend to do a lot more shopping with West Path! Thank you!

  • Savannah Crowley

    Hi Dustin and West Path,

    I am very excited to come across your company! I see that you have a commitment to the people that make your products and to the environment. However, I would like to see some sort of explanation (for lack of a better word) on the fair trade principles you employ- while you are waiting(?) to work with a fair trade company? How do I know that your artisans are being paid more than a living wage, and working in healthy conditions? I’d love to support your company! Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your leadership!

    Savannah Crowley

  • Sandra

    Amazing and I feel even better about purchasing from you in support if your efforts and ideals. Thank you all

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