How We’re Green

We have created a cremation and burial option for Puget Sound families who seek environmentally aware practices. Being “green” isn’t putting on a pretty marketing face. It means that your funeral service looks to reduce waste, increase participation in habitat restoration, develop local economy strengths, and create a personalized experience that best reflects the values of your family.

Our Mission:
Elemental Cremation & Burial is dedicated to the highest level of service for families that have had a loss by bringing experience, creativity and a commitment to our environment and community to the process.

Carbon Offsets

We purchase carbon offsets from Forterra to offset all of our carbon output that can’t be avoided and are involved in tree planting efforts to sequester carbon. By using green power we reduce our footprint, and by purchasing offsets, we are investing in blended power and development of new green energy resources so we can create a legacy of responsibility.

Partners

The companies that we choose to work with, from our vendors to our venues are all carefully selected to be in alignment with our core values. Their commitment to our clients, community, and environment are integral to any partnership that we enter.

Web Hosting

When looking for a corner stone of our digital front, two criteria were at the top of our list. The host absolutely had to be secure and green. We found an outstanding partner in GreenGeeks Click on their name to see their commitment to our planet and internet security.

Online & Home Arrangements

The environmental footprint of a death is substantially impacted by the travel time of the family. To reduce the total miles driven, we offer online, phone/fax, and home arrangements. Less driving also makes it easier for families – at a time when easier is important.

Management

The management practices of Elemental Cremation & Burial operates on the principal of “Triple Bottom Line” decision making. This means that every decision takes into consideration:

  • Is it good for our clients/community/employees?
  • Is it good for our planet?
  • Is it good for our company?

Banking

When selecting our financial institutions, we looked to find partners that had commitments to their community and lending capacity for green initiatives. Helping neighborhoods with education and development was a must. Fortunately, we found it in Umpqua.
We have also selected Dharma Merchant Services as our credit card processor, in large part because of their high level of commitment to our planet and the non-profit world.
Labor We choose partners that provide compensation at or above living wages, do not practice compulsory or child labor, operate a workplace that is free from harassment and abuse and provide a workspace that is designed to minimize injury. We respect the International Labour Organization’s principles of the right to association and collective bargaining, and expect our partners to do so as well.

Local

We source as much of our product offerings as we can from local artisans and companies so that we can keep our community and economy heathy. Taking care to work with the Puget Sound craftspeople is good business that’s good for everyone and our planet.

 

Criteria for sourcing products and partnerships:
  • Products that are sourced from local providers (within 200 miles) will take preference over providers outside the region.
  • Products that are made from sustainably forested, harvested, and gathered will take higher priority over those that are not.
  • Partnerships will be selected on their level of commitment to the environment and the community. Third party certifications such as the Green Burial Council and Green America are be used in the quantitative process of evaluating partnerships.
  • The products and partners that Elemental Cremation and Burial keeps will be subject to regular review to ensure that the core values remain in line with each other.
Us telling you how eco-minded and responsible is one thing, but being certified is something all together different.  Our friends at the Green Burial Council and Green America seem to think that we’ve got the right ideas too.