Environmentally Friendly Funerals
There’s a lot to consider when thinking about the future. We understand the need to priorities the well being of our environment, and we recognise the part we can play in doing things sustainably in order to help communities at large and to minimise our own eco footprint.
Much like burials of the past, Environmentally friendly burials, also known as Green Burials or Natural Burial, are free from any toxic component, making them the most organic option for burial. An environmentally friendly funeral would be one that is planned in a way that best conserves natural resources, helps preserve and protect the environment. Everything used would be non toxic and biodegradable. There would be no embalming used and no other materials or fibres that can upset the earth.
Eco Friendly Options
Minimising your impact on the environment
Willow coffins are among the most environmentally friendly coffins available. Being a highly renewable crop, Willow is the ultimate in environmental recycling. It is harvested each year which involves minimal processing.
It can degrade rapidly in the soil and helps to lock carbon emissions into its willow stems. They break down in 6 months to 2 years depending on soil conditions.
In the right soil conditions, willow tends to decompose much more quickly than traditional materials such as MDF, hardwoods and metal.
Willow is a carbon neutral material and when burnt only gives off the same amount of carbon that it consumes within it’s lifetime.
Millions of coffins are polluting the atmosphere with dioxin, hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide. These same toxins are released during decomposition, just slowler from underground and are released into the soil first.
Willow Caskets however, are completely natural and biodegradable. Willow coffins are woven and therefore do not depend on toxic glues, varnish, plastics, or metals. Making them the perfect environmental choice and solution.
These eco-friendly coffins are made in Indonesia, by local craftsmen. They collect only the mature leaves from the banana and pandanus plants in the wild so that it continues to regenerate. The dried, sustainable fibres are then hand twisted and braided into a rope. This is skilfully woven over the casket frame to create an elegant two tone wicker contrast.