If you are looking at green funerals and the eco options available to you, one of the most straightforward options is to choose your own coffin; this will also remove the painful decision making process from your family when the time comes; which is another worthwhile reason for arranging things in advance.
You don’t have to go to your funeral director to buy an eco coffin as there are now many specialist websites offering coffins from £150 to over £2,000. If you do go ahead and buy in advance though, you may need to check that your funeral director will be happy to use it as some companies will only use coffins ordered directly through them. You also need to think about where you will store the coffin.
If like many you do not want to pre-purchase an eco coffin, just state which type you would prefer, you can do this by documenting it as part of your ‘final wishes’ in either your Will (be aware though that this may not be read until after the funeral) or a prepaid funeral plan.
Cardboard coffins: you would be forgiven for thinking that a cardboard coffin would be a cheaper option but alas this couldn’t be further from the truth. Cardboard coffins range from around £300 to more than £500, depending on whether you want a plain single colour; a colourful landscape or image (think Hayleys coffin in Coronation Street) or something more bespoke and personal.
Willow coffins: depending on whether it's a Chinese import or English wicker, willow coffins range from £350 to £1,200
Bamboo coffins: woven bamboo coffins are increasing in popularity priced at around £400.
Shrouds: it's not a legal requirement to have a hard, traditionally shaped coffin that has sides and a lid so a shroud is an alternative option.
Ashes casket: if you prefer cremation, you could choose to have your ashes returned in a biodegradable casket.
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