What are green funerals?

What are green funerals? Green burial, or also known as natural burial is seek minimal impact upon the worlds natural resources.  Green Funerals respects the environment, and only coffins made from ecologically friendly materials such as wicker and bamboo can be used.


Woodland burial

Woodland burials grounds are cemeteries, quite often privately run, where strict rules govern what can and cannot be buried. If you are considering buying a grave in a woodland burial ground, you should visit to see whether it is what you expect and ask to see their terms and conditions. you should consider the following when making your decision.

  • The length of the exclusive right of burial
  • What the long term plans for the site are.
  • Traditional headstones can’t be placed on the site.

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What are green funerals?

  • Woodland burials
  • Selecting a coffin made of materials like bamboo or wicker
  • Wood obtained from sustainably managed resources.
  • Necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets and urns


Materials used

Ecoffins products come in a wide range of materials, each of which has strong eco-credentials.  Such as:

Bamboo – One of the fastest growing plants ,growing up to a metre a day.  One worry is that it is part of the Pandas diet.  However the type of bamboo used is taken from places Pandas do not live.

Banana –  Made from the leaves of the banana plant. Banana Leaves are fast growing, freely available and 100% natural and biodegradable.

Willow – Willow is a deciduous tree found primarily in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Almost all willows take root very readily from cuttings taken from the original crown, or even where broken branches are left lying on the ground

English Willow – English Willow has been grown on the Somerset Levels for centuries and has the unique ability to regenerate repeatedly from the same crown for 30 to 40 years. The colour variations are achieved naturally by boiling and stripping the bark.

Cardboard – Cardboard is made from carton board materials produced from unbleached pulp containing a minimum 80% recycled paper, plus wood pulp sourced from sustainable forests. Only natural starch based glues are used – no bolts, screws, tape or other fixings. The handles are made from natural woven cotton.

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