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100% Biodegradeable coffins and urns
Do the coffins contain any metal or plastic components?
No, we insist on producing coffins that will totally decompose without harming our environment. Many of our competitor’s coffins use metal pins and/or nails, and some contain plastic components.
Why don’t you use metal or plastic components?
Our aim is to manufacture coffins that are natural, organic and non-polluting.
Research shows that plastics, particularly plastic bags, do not decompose in landfills. Plastic bags, along with most other plastics, are made from polyethylene, a polymer created in a laboratory. The single-celled organisms that drive decomposition don’t consume the bits of the polymer even when surrounding materials are decomposing actively. Although plastics don’t break down because of microbial action they can eventually fall apart under the heat of the sun. However, because modern plastics were so recently developed, it is unknown exactly how long it might take sunlight to completely degrade plastics.
Metal materials, like iron rivets or sheets of steel, eventually fall apart but do not decompose like other materials. Small pieces of certain kinds of metal, like tin cans, will, after about 100 years, rust and flake away into the atmosphere. However, larger pieces of metal and metals not susceptible to rust do not degrade. Metal is also not biodegradable, because microorganisms in landfills do not consume metal particles for nutrition.
Do the coffins have any non-biodegradable components – even very small ones?
No: both our coffins and urns are 100% biodegradable
Do all Eco / Green Coffins 100% biodegradable?
To the best of our knowledge, we are the only company able to offer a coffin that is truly 100% biodegradable. Whilst there are other similar eco coffins around that have also been made from natural materials such rattan, seagrass and willow, these have been constructed using metal nails and pins, plastic sheeting and elastic bands – all of which do not biodegrade in the same manner as our organic components.
Furthermore, some companies claiming to sell ‘eco coffins’ treat their natural materials with solvents so that they can be stored for longer periods of time. Such substances can harm the environment when the coffin is buried or cremated. We do not treat our coffins.
Why do you use Indonesian rattan cane?
Rattan cane is a fast growing grass, it is solid unlike Bamboo, and grows both wild and in cultivated farming. Indonesia holds 70% of the world’s rattan, in these tropical climates it’s incredibly fast growing. 2.5mm rattan core is used in our weaving, this is thin and can be used from virtually all harvested cane stems, which minimises waste, ensures sustainability and helps us create a very tight weave.
Would you say your eco coffins are the most environmentally friendly on the market?
Yes. The materials we have used in the coffins construction are natural, organic and non-polluting. Every effort has been taken to ensure our products are the most environmentally friendly on the market, one example of this is our solid wood construction being sourced from mature Mango trees that are no longer viable for fruit production due to their age.
How strong are the coffins?
Despite their pleasingly natural appearance, our coffins are remarkably strong. High-quality rattan is an incredibly robust material, and sturdy wooden joints and dowels are used in the construction of each coffin, making it capable of holding up to 160 kilograms.
Can you see the body through the weave?
No, absolutely not. Although our coffins are wicker woven from rattan, the sides and base are complemented with a thin layer of wood to give a sturdier structure. This, combined with the organic cotton lining within each coffin, ensures that the body is not visible through the weave.
Environmental preservation is at the heart of our coffins, but the beautifully designed natural handwoven rattan coffins emit an air of peace and gentle dignity perfect for the occasion.
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