|Kinkaraco Burial Shroud (l), Eileen Fisher Scarf (r)|
Women's Clothing Designer Eileen Fisher, a long time advocate of supporting businesses that create a positive impact in the world, has awarded a grant to Green Burial Products company, Kinkaraco. "Through my own company, I've seen how the way we do business has had a positive effect on people's lives," says Fisher. "I see this grant money as encouragement to women business owners who are trying to do the same." The program recognized 100% women-owned businesses that are innovative and produce products that foster environmental and economic heath in their communities. Kinkaraco Green Burial Products, founded in 2005, created the first structured secular burial shroud for environmental purpose to be used without a casket. The shroud debuted on the HBO series 'Six Feet Under' in 2005 on the green burial episode. Founder and designer, Esmerelda Kent has been a green burial pioneer since 2004, working in California's first green cemetery. Kinkaraco has recently launched "Mort Couture', a new line of elegant biodegradable shrouds.
|Designer Eileen Fisher|
The Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Woman Entrepreneurs was launched in 2004 with a single grant of $20,000 to commemorate the company’s 20th anniversary. Since then, up to five grants have been awarded each year to 100% women women-owned businesses that combine the principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation to create new businesses or invigorate existing ones. Applications for the 2011 Women-Owned Business Program will be accepted from March 15-May15, 2011, 11:59 P.M. EST. For more information about the program or to submit an application, please visit www.eileenfisher/grants
|Esmerelda Kent, Designer and Founder of Kinkaraco|
Kinkaraco-Green Burial Products is headquartered in San Francisco California’s Mission District. Please visit: www.greenburialproducts.com
To read the July 2010 Daily undertaker interview with Esmerelda Kent, visit:
And for more on the relationship between fashion and death, visit: