Passages is commited to environmentally friendly business practices.
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 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 without cutting down trees. In addition, most of our products are crafted by hand from sustainable or recycled resources, using antique molds and centuries old techniques. We use recycled cardboard boxes with biodegradable peanuts for packing and 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. In addition, our urns and caskets are generally shipped to our customers in cases of multiple units so that carbon emissions per unit are kept low during transportation. These simple solutions not only preserve our atmosphere and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, but they also conserve limited oil reserves.
Passages is also active in recycling by reusing materials and reducing waste. Simply by recycling paper and cardboard it is possible to prolong the life of items and reduce waste accumulation.
In addition, many of our products contain significant percentages of recycled materials. For example, The Shell™ Deep Water Bio Urn is produced from 99% pre-consumer recycled paper and paper clay. Each is hand-crafted 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. The unique Scatter Tubes are created from recycled paper and cardboard, and contain no metal 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 cardboard and organic paper that is hand-crafted 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.
In an effort to reduce energy consumption in our place of business, we turn off heating/cooling units, all lighting and all electronics at the end of each day. In addition, we make sure to activate the sleep settings on monitors and PCs. These simple acts alone can save $100’s in annual power costs and reduce our energy consumption.
For our employees we offer flexible schedules, pay competitive wages and provide a monthly health care contribution. In addition to our 401(k) program and profit sharing, we also pay for up to 20 hours of personal time off and vacation pay for our full-time employees.