Greener funerals use a casket or coffin made of renewable materials. Typically, it does not include embalming to preserve the body after death nor use concrete, metal or plastic in burial. Greener funerals are an alternative for those that want to leave a lighter footprint in disposition.
The shades of green from light to dark vary depending on the funeral service. The greenest option would be to be buried in a green cemetery where no cars are allowed, the grave is dug by hand, no embalming fluids, grave markers, weed eaters or electric mowers are used, the landscape is left to reclaim itself naturally. Green cemeteries have shown to be beneficial in preserving eco-systems and natural environments, and an asset to surrounding communities.
Responding to those that are leading greener lifestyles, we built a new department called Renewable Caskets. These 100% biodegradable caskets certified Fair-Trade are made of either fast-growing willow, seagrass or bamboo and are durable, weight-tested up to 350 lbs. (For renewable and biodegradable urns, please visit our collection here.)
Renewable caskets are simpler in design and have the advantage to be used in both a traditional viewing service and later cremated with the remains. Traditional wood and metal caskets cannot be cremated.
Our elegant Six Point Willow Coffin embraces the simplicity of the original coffin shape and is quite affordable as well. Compared to the average cost of a traditional casket, our renewable caskets and coffins are no more than $1,200 and include free shipping.
All our renewable caskets come with a Memorial Tree Program certificate which can be redeemed for a free starter evergreen tree guaranteed to grow in your area. All the trees are sent in a 14” recyclable plastic tube with detailed planting instruction and will grow large over time. This program is available within the continental United States and to Alaska.
Renewable caskets ship in 3-5 business days and can come with an engravable plaque. Please contact us directly for overnight delivery.