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PRESS RELEASE: EPA Regulations Require Biodegradable Containers for all Burials at Sea

EPA regulations ban “placement of materials which are not readily decomposable in the marine environment, such as plastic or metal flowers and wreaths, urns, tombs, tombstones, gravestones, monuments, mausoleums, artificial reefs, etc.” into the water for all burials at sea. (source: https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/burial-sea) Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages International, Inc., Now Offers Engraving!

Passages International, Inc., now offers personalized engraving on most of our biodegradable urns and scattering tubes, as well as on bamboo name plaques created for our caskets and coffins. Now funeral homes can offer engraving on most of their biodegradable, as well as permanent, urn selections. Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages Introduces Certified “Fair Trade” Biodegradable Coffin

Passages International, Inc., announces the availability of their new, one-of-a-kind Six Point Bamboo Coffin. Certified Fair Trade by Traidcraft, this unique, non-traditional coffin is produced in factories that do not use child or forced labor and encourage employee input. Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages Introduces Fabric Shrouds

Passages International, Inc. introduces a new fabric shroud. These industry-first woven bamboo fabric shrouds have jute carrying handles and are suitable for cremation or burial. Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages Releases a New Product Catalog

Passages International, Inc. is releasing a new product catalog. It is available online now and will be packaged with the September/October issue of the Funeral Business Advisor magazine. Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages Introduces Two New Designs of Scattering Tubes

Passages International Inc. adds Navy and Mountain View designs to its already successful collection of scattering tubes. Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages Switches from UPS to FedEx as our Shipping Provider

Beginning today Monday, July 13th, we have partnered with FedEx for all of our small package shipments. Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages Introduces the Serenity Collection

Passages International, leaders in environmentally-friendly and green funeral products, is pleased to introduce our newest line of biodegradable water urns, The Serenity™ Collection. This series of unique urns is perfect for water burial. Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages Introduces New Memorial Tree Program

Passages International Inc. is pleased to announce the beginning of The Natural Choice® Memorial Tree Program launched in honor of the 45th annual Earth Day. Read more»

ICCFA Complimentary One-Day Expo Admission

Passages is excited to offer a FREE One-Day, Expo-Only Pass for funeral directors, cemetery and crematory operators and their staff to attend this year’s ICCFA expo in San Antonio, Texas on April 8-11, 2015. Read more»

PRESS RELEASE: Passages Introduces New Eco-Friendly Bamboo Urn

Passages International Inc. adds the Tribute Bamboo Urn to its collection of biodegradable and eco-friendly urns. Read more»

UPS Shipping Rate Increase

Effective December 29th, 2014 UPS will be increasing its shipping rates by an average of 4.9%. Read more»

Listen to Passages “Eco-Friendly Funeral” Radio Interview

green-is-good-radioPassages’ president Darren Crouch was interviewed on Green Is Good Radio and discusses the changing trends regarding death and funerals. Listen or read the transcript»

A Greener Funeral Exhibiting at 2014 Los Angeles Green Festival

A Greener Funeral will be exhibiting at the Green Festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center September 12-14, 2014. A Greener Funeral (AGF), and its companion web site, aGreenerFuneral.org, were created to help consumers learn more about the subject of green and plan a greener funeral. Read more»

Passages International Involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Passages® is getting involved. A number of events take place around the country to help spread awareness and raise funds for research and treatment. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Read more»

Passages on Green Is Good Radio

Passages’ president Darren Crouch is scheduled for a radio show on Oct 11th at 5 pm EST on iHeart radio. Darren will discuss various aspects of “greener funerals” and the current changes occurring as people demand alternative options for end-of-life traditions. Read more»

VIDEO: The Funeral Industry Is Going Green

This is the first in a new series of videos we’re working on, by & for funeral professionals highlighting the growing green movement in the industry. Our mission is to help funeral homes adapt to industry changes as the green movement continues to grow in all segments of our lives. Read more»

Passages International Introduces a Viewing Lid for its Eco-Friendly, Woven Caskets

A viewing lid is now available for the Willow and Seagrass adult caskets. It covers ¾ of the body, from the foot to the chest, thereby allowing for a dignified viewing of the loved one from the chest to the head. After the visitation or viewing simply replace the viewing lid with the full lid prior to burial or cremation. Read more»

A Will For The Woods Wins Awards

Have you noticed more and more families requesting “green” funeral services in recent years? Wouldn’t you like to offer alternative services and products to your families? Introducing an award-winning documentary titled A Will For The Woods, just released last year with screenings around the world. Read more»

Passages International Introduces Two New Sand Urns

Passages International Inc. adds Oceane, Sand Quartz White and Oceane, Sand Permanent designs to its already successful collection of biodegradable and eco-friendly urns. Read more»

Passages Will Be Speaking at the ICCFA Convention

ICCFA-speakerPlease join us from April 8-11 in Las Vegas for the 2014 Annual ICCFA Convention. Passages president Darren Crouch will be speaking about capturing “greener” customers on Friday, April 11 at 10am. The event takes place at Mandalay Bay and we’ll be in Booth 1006. Stop by to say hello, see product samples, and receive convention discounts on select items. More event information»

Green Burials Versus Traditional Burials

Green burials are an environment-friendly alternative to a traditional burial. Green burials also referred to as natural burials, impose less harm to the environment compared to conventional funerals. Read more»

‘Green burial’ restores, preserves the land

The impending demise of the Baby Boomers has huge and generally unrecognized environmental consequences: Some 80 million of us Boomers will either add millions of tons of weight onto our global footprint or make things a little better. Read more»

Passages celebrates Earth Day 2013 with special offers for funeral homes.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day? Also recognized as Green Awareness Day, Earth Day celebrates its 43rd anniversary this year. It is the most unified event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds and nationalities. Read more to see what we are doing to celebrate and how you can benefit! Read more»

Passages launches product design contest for month of October 2012

Passages International is excited to announce the launch of its first ever design contest. During the month of October 2012, Passages invites funeral professionals from across the industry to enter the Scatter Tube design contest. Read more»

Passages is Honored to be Part of Olympic Ceremonies

As Mark Reynolds carried the Olympic Torch across Cambridge, England on July 7, 2012 he ran with the cremated remains of his brother David, who was originally nominated to be the Torchbearer until his un-timely death earlier this year. Mark created a way for David to be right there running with him by using a Sunflower Fields Scattering Tube. Read more»

New California law requires biodegradable urn for water burial of cremains

Did you know that on June 25, 2012 California passed Bill AB1777 which requires any urn containing cremated remains that is placed into the ocean, must biodegrade within 4 hours? Passages’ quick-dissolving urn made from Himalayan Rock Salt is perfect for this and will keep you in compliance with the new law. The Sand & Gelatin Collection of urns also biodegrade quickly, making them another ideal alternative. Read more»

Passages Teams Up with UPS to offer Carbon Neutral Shipping

As the industry leader in green funeral products, Passages International, Inc. continually searches for the newest, environmentally-friendly options; and is committed to making these options available to customers. Read More»

Biodegradable Urns for Water Burial

Did you know that the majority of urns purchased today are used for water burial? This trend is spreading quickly to all areas of the United States. It’s better to be educated, if not prepared to serve these families than to respond by saying you will find something for them. Read More»

Memento Urn wins International Design Award

Passages’ Memento Biodegradable Urn, Wins Prestigious Red Dot 2011 Design Award
The Memento Urn for biodegradable water burial allows families to create a unique, meaningful and participatory ceremony by placing personal notes into the urn prior to placing it at sea. Twenty handmade paper notecards are included with each urn. Read More»

Passages International Announces Redesigned Website, New Catalog for 2011

As Passages enters its 12th year of business as the recognized global leader for earth-friendly funeral merchandise, we remain dedicated to serving our customers and their families with cutting-edge products designed to meet a growing demand for biodegradable, eco-friendly and non-traditional merchandise. Read More»

aGreenerFuneral.org Launched to Expand Consumer Awareness

“Our goal is to make aGreenerFuneral.org the top resource for consumers interested in greener funerals,” says Darren Crouch, president of Passages International, Inc.  “While ‘green’ is a growing trend with families all over, the funeral home that is proactive in offering greener funerals and products will attract a broader range of consumers while reinforcing its commitment to personalized service and innovation.” Read More»

Creating Greener Funerals

Tom Fudge of KPBS (San Diego) interviews Passages International president Darren Crouch about green funerals and green funeral products. Listen»