About Us Passages International
Passages International, Inc. was founded in 1999, when the demand for greener funerals was at its earliest stage. With green funerals now mainstream, Passages is dedicated to providing sustainable choices that allow families to have a unique, meaningful and healing funeral experience. We are a family owned and operated business, and our environmentally-friendly products are designed to let families and funeral homes create a funeral that truly honors a loved one, meets their values, and celebrates their life.
We partner with funeral homes around the world to help them cater to today’s modern consumer. People today want more efficient cars, less wasteful products, and are green-minded in all areas of life. These values don’t simply disappear when planning a funeral, and families have become disenchanted with what is traditionally offered by funeral homes. We believe that we can all do better, for those we serve, for ourselves, and for the communities we live in. Nobody deserves to be laid to rest in a cardboard box, or receive their loved one’s remains in a plastic container, but until recently these have been the default option when declining traditional caskets and urns. We are here to change that.
We design and produce many of our own products, and stand behind our unsurpassed quality and service. We are proud to be recognized by Green America as a socially and environmentally responsible business. You can read more about Passages’ business practices in our Green Statement below. We are also a member of the Green Burial Council, an organization working to make burial more meaningful, simple, and sustainable, and have been a member since their inception. We offer by far the greatest variety of products that have been approved by the Green Burial Council, and most receive their highest "3-Leaf" rating.
Meet Our President and Co-founder
Darren Crouch – President and co-founder of Passages International, Inc.
Over the past several years, Darren has been published in The Director Magazine, The American Funeral Director Magazine, Funeral Business Adviser, The Cremationist, and the ICCFA Magazine. He has also been quoted in both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has spoken at several national and international conventions including the Asia Funeral Expo, the National Funeral Directors Convention, and the ICCFA Convention.
Darren holds a BSc. (Hons) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England, and now lives with his wife and two daughters in New Mexico, an area renowned not only for its exceptional beauty but also for its leadership in solar power, green building, and design.
Meet Our Team
Our Mission & Philosophy
Our goal is to provide innovative, compassionate, and meaningful offerings to enrich and personalize the memorialization of a loved one while always keeping an eye on environmental impacts and allowing families to give back to the planet that took care of them in life.
At Passages, we believe in the power of ritual to transform and comfort. At death - the final rite of passage - we use rituals to celebrate, honor, and safeguard the memory of a life. By providing compassionate offerings for personal expression, Passages hopes to help mark the passing of a special soul.
Our natural environment is a finite and fragile system that we must all take responsibility to protect. Passages International, Inc. prides itself on being a responsible member of the business community, and we convey to our employees the significance of leaving the environment better than we found it.
Passages is committed to creating and providing environmentally-friendly and biodegradable cremation urns, caskets, and memorial offerings to families seeking unique and affordable products to celebrate the life of a loved one.
Passages creates and distributes the best quality products, produced as sustainably as possible. Most of our products are crafted by hand from renewable or recycled resources, using antique molds and centuries-old techniques. We use recycled cardboard boxes with biodegradable peanuts for packing and carbon-neutral shipping and are proud to support several conservation organizations dedicated to preserving our pristine planet for future generations.
The company adheres to the following practices:
In order to reduce gasoline consumption and carbon emissions, we assemble and produce several of our products here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The products that we manufacture abroad are transported in the most efficient manner possible; small items are shipped within large items, and many items ship flat-packed. Our urns and caskets are generally shipped to our wholesale customers in bulk, further reducing carbon emissions per unit during transportation. These simple solutions not only preserve our atmosphere and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, they also keep our carbon footprint low.
Passages is also active in reducing waste by reusing materials, recycling, and working towards paperless business. Simply by recycling paper and cardstock, it is possible to prolong the life of items and reduce waste accumulation.
Many of our products contain significant percentages of recycled materials. For example, The Shell™ Deep Water Bio Urn is produced from 95% pre-consumer recycled paper and paper clay. Each is handcrafted and painted (with water-based paints) by skilled artisans, and is presented in convenient and discreet recyclable packaging. The Shell Urns are proudly made in the USA. Our unique Scattering Tubes are created from recycled paper and cardstock and contain no metal or plastic components. Once the Tube has been used to scatter the cremated remains of a loved one it can be recycled by the family.
All of our Earthurn® Biodegradable Urns are constructed using a two-step process that utilizes recycled cardstock and organic paper that is handcrafted from the bark of the mulberry tree. In order to create the paper, a sustainable system is employed that harvests the bark of the mulberry tree while allowing it to continue growing. Much of this handmade paper is still dried in the sun on bamboo screens.
We take all steps possible to reduce energy consumption in our place of business and believe that if all people and businesses can reduce the environmental impact of every small or large action we take, we can make a massive impact on our planet's health.