The Passages® Biodegradable Paper Turtles are hand-crafted from recycled paper using non-toxic glues. The turtles are available in two sizes. The adult size will accommodate a full set of human remains, and the mini turtle will accommodate roughly two or three tablespoons of cremated remains.
The turtles are designed to float briefly before sinking. The time that the turtle takes to sink will depend on the weight of remains inside and local water conditions. Once the turtle sinks, it will biodegrade naturally over time.
The mini turtles are available in Natural and Newsprint, while the adult size is only available in Natural. Since the turtles are crafted by hand, the size, shape and color of each may vary. Newsprint turtles will vary considerably in appearance and will contain legible newspaper print.
Produced in North America by skilled artisans. The purchase of a turtle contributes to the preservation of a traditional local art form, and the artists producing these beautiful turtles are paid a fair wage in local workshop environments.
An editorial about one family’s experience with the turtle urn was featured in the Montecito Journal. You can read it here.
Turtle Urns are made by hand and will vary in appearance. These urns meet federal regulations requiring all containers used for burials at sea be 100% biodegradable. Check with local agencies to ensure that you are following all appropriate federal and local guidelines or regulations, such as distance from the shore.
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.
Passages International® is a designer and wholesale distributor of green funeral products.
If you are a funeral professional and your company is interested in offering Passages products in the UK and Europe, call our office during business hours, Monday to Friday at +44 (0) 1628 290220. Or, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have recently lost a loved one or are pre-planning a funeral and are interested in purchasing Passages products, we recommend looking at our Find a Funeral Director Page. You can also find an AGF partner provider at www.agreenerfuneral.org.
If there is not a listed provider near you, any funeral home, cemetery, or crematory can purchase our products. Write us through our contact form or call us at +44 (0) 1628 290220 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 overnight if needed, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are served in a timely manner.