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Sustainable Casket handcrafts a limited supply of nature-friendly burial vessels made from FSC certified Red Alder grown on Oregon’s Pacific Coast. Our caskets contain no metal or toxic materials and are ideal for cremation and natural burial. Inspired by Norse burials and building techniques, we’re here to provide you with a beautiful work of art to honor the memory of your loved one.
Q. 'In what year did you start your business? Tell us about your company history?
A. Our dream was born in 2011 near Bandon, Ore. in a sculpture studio. Lifelong sculptor and sailor Steve Kuntz and apprentice Jeff Mecredy were discussing Viking wood building designs. Inspiration came when Kuntz learned that his Norwegian ancestors would have been buried in small crafts 1000 years ago and that some cultures still do this today.
Q. What type of business do you operate — what do you sell, or what services do you provide and to whom?
A. We handcraft natural boat caskets available to the public.
Q. What is the goal of your business at an ecological level, what are you trying to achieve?
A. As green burial advocates, we believe in creating quality eco-friendly products from local resources using the skills and labor of local craftspeople. By partnering with (FSC) Certified Heartland Forest located in Langlois, Ore. our team can individually select and mill each tree with respect to forest health and ideal building material. We then hand-tie each of our boat-shaped caskets with natural cord and add an organic canvas top. Our goal is to honor each life with a unique piece of art.
Q. What are your plans for the future of your company?
A. To serve as many as we are able with our sacred furniture for this community rite-of-passage.