Green Caskets – Natural Coffins
bamboo, wool or linen.
Or you can purchase a natural coffin or casket from one of several green
|If you decide to opt for
a natural, green burial there are several options available in terms of
purchasing, or indeed making, a natural, organic burial container.
The whole idea with a green burial is that the body and container can decompose
in a natural manner. In years to come all that should remain at the
burial site is the skeleton of the deceased gently encased in the earth.
No steel, no concrete, no toxic embalming fluids leaking into the water
table. Just basically returning to the natural way that we used to
bury our dead over a century ago.
In the United States there
are now 41 sites in 26 states. Most natural burial sites are un-landscaped
woodland and meadow areas where bodies are inconspicuously buried among
natural vegetation. In many cases some form of natural stone markers or
GPS coordinates are used to designate and mark out the gravesite.
You can build your own burial container or coffin from wood,
Types of green caskets
Banana Leaf Caskets
These caskets are made with
coiled banana leaves with rattan and seagrass.
These coffins are handmade
from bamboo. Bamboo is a truly sustainable material, as once cut
at the root, it grows back to full height in 59 days.
These caskets are constructed
from rattan and are available in natural (light) color or organically dyed
(dark brown) color.
Seagrass is a sturdy, renewable
grass that grows in abundance.
wood is used to construct wooden caskets. Also cherry or mahogany
can be used. Often they are constructed with retractable or removable
handles so that there is no metal remaining upon burial.
Small child/infant coffins
can be made from organic fabric and cording. They are available in
a variety of colors using natural dyes.
What is the cost of a green
If you decide to purchase a
readymade or custom green coffin you can expect to pay anything up from
$500.00, plus a small shipping fee if shipping is required.
Wood Caskets retails a flat-packed, easy to assemble (6 pieces) wooden
casket at $469 + shipping.
Of course you can construct
your own green casket if you have sufficient woodworking skills.
This could mean that your casket should cost under $100. Alternatively
you may choose to use a linen shroud, which will also cost under $100 if
you purchase the material and the family constructs the shroud.
Personalizing a natural coffin
A unique aspect of constructing
a simple wooden or linen burial container is that you can choose to have
family and friends decorate it with personal messages using environmentally
friendly pens or paints.
Whatever kind of green casket
you decide upon, you can be sure that you are doing something ethical and
sustainable, kind to the environment and your pocket!
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 5 years.
Did you know?
Every year in the United
States we bury:
A natural, green burial is a
way of compassionately caring for our planet and our children’s future.
827,060 gallons of embalming
90,272 tons of steel in caskets
2,700 tons of copper and bronze
in casket linings
30, 000,000 board feet of hardwood,
including wood from endangered forests, for caskets
1.6 million tons of reinforced
concrete burial vaults
by Design – Eco friendly line
Last revised: 11/24/2012