Eco-friendly textile coffins


13 Responses to “Eco-friendly textile coffins”

  1. megholle says:

    At the recent UK National Funeral Expo, Hainsworth paraded around a pair of coffin sales-sheep fitted with little Hainsworth billboard shirties.

    Poor taste? Or pure genius? Given the audience, I think they appreciated the effort.

  2. AnoniMouse says:

    Awesome. Yet another way for funeral homes to rape the bereaved family during their time of loss.
    If you really want to do the right thing, get cremated. That way your family doesn’t go into debt to bury your decomposing hunk of carbon based material.

  3. Anonymous says:

    #4 “Green” Caskets are almost always very inexpensive to the consumer. Traditional stamped steel caskets do have a huge mark up (I have read up to 600 times the production cost) that can really break the bank, and be immoral, but “Green” caskets have a very low margin and are usually made by small shops and individuals that are doing it as a labor of love. That being said I don’t know about this company. But “Green” Burial is never about “gouging customers at the worst possible time”.

  4. T0AD says:

    The more wood that is bought on the market the more that lumber companies will plant trees to renew stocks. The lumber industry needs to have more sales not less. The less wood is used the sooner land owners will choose to change the land use from growing trees to something more economical.

    So if you want more trees buy more wood products. Especially wood from the USA where the practice of replanting is standard.

  5. SednaBoo says:

    Antinous/Moderator@1: I wouldn’t consider cremation in general to be very eco-friendly. All that compost going into air pollution. And it’s even worse if the decedent has been embalmed. Course that’s true with burial as well.

    MPB@4: I would think with the amount of resources needed to make a sheep as opposed to something lower on the food chain, like a plant, that wool wouldn’t be so eco-friendly.

    Wouldn’t the best solution be reusable coffins? Just use them for the wake and funeral and get buried without one, no?

  6. Deidzoeb says:

    Would it be less eco-friendly to bury a body without coffin or any added accoutrements?

  7. Anonymous says:

    The most recent Walrus mag had a short article about a newish trend for dealing with the dead: freeze in nitrogen, smash into fragments, remove the metallic bits and the inter how you like.

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    These are eco-hostile if you’re being cremated. Cremation relies on wood coffins to get a good, hot fire going. Without the wood, they have to use more gas.

  9. Beanolini says:

    A friend-of-a-friend has been hand-making felt shrouds for some time now.

  10. IWood says:

    Comfortable handling. That’s what I want in a coffin. My current coffin handles like a truck, so I’m glad to see that someone’s paying attention to the needs of the sports casket market.

  11. mpb says:

    Hair (keratin, as in fur and wool) is not readily degradeable. It’s one of the toughest environmental samples to dissolve in the lab and very long-lived in pre-coffin cemeteries. Seems to me a paper coffin, but handled on a firm tray until the final resting place (sort of like a cupcake) would be better.

    Alpaca wool/fibre would be even more comfortable. Qiviut on the other hand is even softer and doesn’t shrink or stretch. A qiviut shroud wouldn’t be as heavy, either.

  12. akbar56 says:

    excellent! More products to the already overpriced industry that prides itself on gouging customers at the worst possible time.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Cotton is hardly environmentally friendly, organic or not.

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