Passages eco-friendly woven or wicker caskets, coffins and carriers are crafted by skilled weavers in small rural communities. The production of these products brings much needed jobs and a source of income for many poor families who would otherwise have few options. They are created from sustainable materials such as fast-growing willow, seagrass or bamboo which don’t require heavy machinery for harvesting, giving them a small carbon footprint.
Casket and coffin linings are made from unbleached natural cotton and each is fitted with matching pillow and privacy shield. Caskets and coffins are available in two adult sizes (5’9” and 6’5”) and are suitable for viewing and services, followed by burial or cremation. They will fit into a standard cemetery vault so can be used as part of a traditional burial or can be buried directly in the earth for a green funeral ritual.
Beautifully handcrafted and sturdy, each adult casket is tested to carry up to 350 pounds. A rigid and reinforced, eco-friendly base provides added strength.
In addition to our adult caskets, coffins and carriers, Passages does offer several designs of woven caskets and coffins in child sizes. We also have handmade mulberry paper infant caskets inlaid with flower petals and lined in fleece available in child sizes.
For more details a Casket and Coffin PDF is available for download here.
Passages® eco-friendly funeral products give families the opportunity to honor a loved one after their passing with a smaller environmental footprint. We believe that, especially when a person valued sustainability during their life, it is important to have the option for a greener end-of-life ritual. Whether a family chooses to bury or cremate, our caskets and carriers are dignified and suitable to do so in an eco-friendly manner. If cremation is chosen, our biodegradable urns offer a variety of options for ceremonies that return the cremated remains to the earth.
Our beautiful and elegant caskets, coffins, and carriers are certified Fair Trade. Production of these products meets stringent standards that are in line with our environmental beliefs as a company, some of which are listed below:
- Creates opportunities for the economically disadvantaged.
- Pays our permanent, full-time workers in excess of 30% above local recommended wages to ensure a good living wage.
- Never uses child or forced labor.
- Ensures approximately 50% of the labor force is female.
- Encourages workers to have a voice.
- Remains committed to sustainable environmental practices.
For more information about Fair Trade, please visit Traidcraft and Fair Trade USA.
Passages suggests offering memorial trees as the perfect complement to any biodegradable urn or scattering tube. Whether it is planted where the cremated remains of a loved one are scattered or buried, or in your garden at home, the trees provide a lasting and living memorial. As part of The Natural Choice® Memorial Tree Program, a numbered certificate can be used to redeem a 12” tree sapling that is appropriate to your climate and guaranteed for a year to grow. Read more about the program and how it works.
Simply complete the form on our website, including your certificate number, and a tree will be mailed to the address you provide. Memorial trees are a wonderful way to remember a loved one that, if you choose, can grow from the same soil in which a loved one’s remains were laid to rest. Because families receive a sapling instead of seeds, the hardest part of the tree’s life has passed and there is no worry of a seed not germinating.
Each Passages adult casket comes with a free Memorial Tree Certificate that can be redeemed for a live tree.
Memorial Petals are also available and are a perfect addition to a burial at sea or other ceremonies.
Passages International® is a designer and wholesale distributor of green funeral products.
If you have recently lost a loved one or are pre-planning a funeral and are interested in purchasing Passages products, we recommend finding an AGF partner provider at www.agreenerfuneral.org.
If there is not an official AGF provider near you, any funeral home, cemetery, or crematory can purchase our products. Write us through our contact form or call us at (505) 830-2500 and we will be happy to connect you with someone in your area who can help you. In most cases we are able to ship small packages as fast as FedEx Overnight, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are served in a timely manner.
*Adult caskets and coffins include free ground shipping. Customer is responsible for any and all accessorial fees.