Banana Leaf Coffin
Yarns of golden leaves from the banana plant are twisted and woven to form this coffin. They are available in two shapes, curved end and traditional. Both come with natural rope handles. They are fully fitted with natural linings, pillows and covers. Banana leaves come from the Musa genus of flowering Banana Plants. These plants grow as tall as trees and produces lush green leaves, which over time form its trunk. As newer leaves develop, the older leaves die back. During the monsoon season, the banana plant leaves rapidly multiply, leaving an abundance of older leaves for harvesting. The leaves would otherwise be discarded or composted. Instead, here, they are recycled, dried, tied together and spun into long yarns ready for weaving. Please note that the coffin may vary in colour from the photos.
Easy to carry at arms length, with eight built in handles and board. Perfect for allowing the family to be safely involved in conveying their loved one Made from pure unbleached cotton material thick enough so they are not translucent. They are made with strong in built handles and ribbon ties, all 100% environmentally bio-degradable.
Eco Wooden Coffin
These coffins are made near Cardigan in West Wales. The sides and lid are made using recycled wood. The base is made using FSC certified plywood. They can be lined with either calico or hessian. The handles are made from strong manilla rope and are load bearing. Also included is a handmade wooden nameplate.
Bands of natural rattan are woven together to create this beautiful coffin. The chestnut appearance comes from the rattan’s outer bark, and colours can vary. The coffins are available in two shapes, curved end and traditional. Both styles have natural rope handles and are fully fitted with natural linings, pillows and covers. Rattan is a climbing vine that can grow up to six meters a year, making it a rapidly renewable material. It grows throughout the forests of South East Asia. Because the vine clings to existing rainforest trees as it grows, it encourages the natural preservation of the forest and local fauna. Plantation owners actively manage large forest areas to keep renewed growth cycles intact.
The Somerset Willow Coffin is hand-worked by traditional basket weavers using age-old methods that have changed little over 2000 years. Willow is the ultimate in environmental recycling and is grown in rows of bushes on the Somerset Levels. Once harvested it can generate back to the same height within a year. These coffins are completely bio-degradable and natural. No glues, resins or metal are used in their manufacture. This coffin can be the made in the traditional style or rounded end and either buff willow, which is a dark orange to chestnut-brown, or gold, which is a lighter colour. If you wish naturally dyed bands of colour can be woven in. These are £800, or you can have a coloured coffin (or even a rainbow) for £900. For coffins over 6’2” there will be an extra charge of £40.
These bamboo coffins are skillfully handcrafted by interlacing strands of dried bamboo, creating an intricately plaited mat which is woven around a strong rattan frame. These coffins are available in two differing shapes, curved end and traditional shape. Both styles come with natural rope handles. They are fully fitted with natural linings, pillows and covers. Part of the grass family Poaceae, this evergreen perennial is abundant throughout Asia. The stems of bamboo have been recorded to grow up to one meter per day, making bamboo among some of the fastest-growing plants on Earth.
The cardboard coffin is simple and understated but smart, and is an environmentally friendly alternative to the heavy wooden coffin. It has weight bearing rope handles. It can come in brown or lily white, if you wish to decorate it yourself, or alternately it can be printed, for £400. Can be done with a design of your own, price dependent on request. For coffins over 6’2” there will be an extra charge of £40.
The Leafcocoon is designed for an environmentally friendly traditional, meadow or woodland burial and suitable for any graveyard, cemetery or burial site. It is leaf-shaped, reflecting our connection with nature, with a softness that brings a sense of comfort and connection. It is made with sustainable natural materials as ethically and locally as possible, working in harmony with nature and protecting the earth. This beautiful soft coffin is made on Dartmoor. The base is made of a strong wooden frame, encased in felt, lined with natural materials. Integral to the base is the wool felt shroud, that has fastening ties to ensure stability and safety. It has six hazel-wood toggles and six strong carrying handles. The cost is £1100. An optional cover gives an added layer for a smooth outline. A plain cover is an extra £70. With simple leaf motifs, an extra £95. For cremation, an Oseberg Cradle coffin is available, made with local timber and a wool shroud, priced £1500, or with an extra £75 for a leaf cover.
Acorn Urns are made from moulded recycled kraft and paper, with the stalk of the lid made from a twist of tissue paper. They are available in Dutch Gold Leaf, Moss Green, Dark Green, Stone, Russet, Purple, Yellow and Turquoise. - Fully biodegradable. Individually boxed but cotton drawstring ashes bags are available. These urns are made in the UK. - Urns cost £50 for the coloured and £70 for the gold.