OneWorld Memorials Brings Ecuadorian Vegetable Ivory To U.S.

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A Minnesota eCommerce company that sells cremation urns and keepsakes will now offer unique sympathy gifts handmade by South American craftsmen. The company is working with a Fair Trade Organization to promote sustainable income opportunities.

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We are dedicated to bringing commerce and sustainable income opportunities to other countries with hard working craftsmen that may not have otherwise had an opportunity like this available to them.

This June, OneWorld Memorials will offer its online customers cremation keepsakes made from the Tagua Nut, also known as "vegetable ivory." South American artisans craft goods from the nut's husk, which closely resembles the appearance of rare ivory, often poached illegally from endangered animals. The pieces will retail for $40.95.

The St. Paul company sells sympathy gifts, urns, and keepsakes designed to hold a small portion of ashes following a cremation. The new cremation keepsakes were handmade by artisans in Ecuador exclusively for the partnership with OneWorld Memorials.

"We are continuously looking to expand inventory, especially with craftsmen or artisans that may not have the opportunity otherwise," said OneWorld Memorials President Ira Woods. "We are dedicated to bringing commerce and sustainable income opportunities to other countries with hard working craftsmen that may not have otherwise had an opportunity like this available to them."

The small keepsakes come in two designs, a hummingbird and dolphin, and each item will vary slightly in color and pattern. The goods are both fair trade and sustainable products. Woods says the company is actively looking for more opportunities to partner with skilled artisans in the developing world.

"One of the reasons we’re called OneWorld Memorials is because we’re seeking craftsmen all over the world who make products that are not found here in the United States."

The National Funeral Directors Association estimates that 56% of U.S. deaths will result in cremation by 2017, and many U.S. businesses are catering to the growing market for ash keepsakes and urns. Cremation keepsakes typically hold half a teaspoon or less of human or animal ashes, which are then sealed inside jewelry, ash pendants, boxes, candles, or other receptacles.

About OneWorld Memorials
OneWorld Memorials provides quality memorial urns and related products, along with free ground shipping. OneWorld Memorials offers cremation jewelry, biodegradable urns, condolence gifts, and more. To learn more, visit http://www.oneworldmemorials.com

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