The Passages Willow Carrier is produced from sustainable, biodegradable willow and is designed for dignified viewing of a dressed or shrouded body. It features a rigid paulownia wood and bamboo-reinforced base, with flax rope and seagrass handles which can be used for carrying. The carrier contains no metal or plastic components and features a fitted, water resistant natural cotton lining and matching pillow. They can either be buried or cremated with the deceased, or the body can be removed from the carrier and it can be re-used again after the burial or cremation.
Bamboo Shroud With Handles
Passages shrouds are suitable for burial or cremation, and are fully biodegradable. They can be used as an eco-friendly and unique alternative to clothing for use with a Wicker Casket or Willow Carrier.
To simplify the movement and transport of a shrouded body, we recommend using our Willow Carrier with all shrouded burials or cremations. The shroud can also be used on its own; a sewn-in pouch allows a rigid board to be inserted under the shroud to provide support for the body if a casket or willow carrier is not being used.
Passages tightly woven fabric shrouds are suitable for cremation or burial. Instructions on shrouding the body are available here.
Bamboo Shroud Without Handles
A simpler version of our shroud has only decorative ribbons, without handles or a pocket for a backboard, and must be used with Willow Carrier, Wicker Casket, or Wicker Coffin. It is essentially an elegant wrap for the body.
Instructions on shrouding the body with this version of the shroud are available 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.
The beautiful and elegant Willow Carriers and Shrouds are certified Fair Trade. Production of these products meets stringent standards, 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 offers a memorial tree with every adult casket as part of The Natural Choice® Memorial Tree Program. Included with the purchase of any adult casket is a numbered certificate to redeem a free tree. After redeeming the certificate, you will receive a 12” sapling appropriate for your climate and guaranteed for a year to grow. Read more about the program and how it works.
Additional memorial tree certificates can also be purchased, with or without the purchase of a casket. Memorial trees are a wonderful way to plant a living, lasting reminder of a loved one that, if you choose, can grow from the same soil in which your loved one was laid to rest.
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.