Eco-Cardboard coffins and Natural burial sites

Eco coffins are made from environmentally sound plain cardboard (they can be customised too) to cater for a  non wasteful funeral and your last dying wish.

Reflecting a worldwide trend towards environmentally friendly burials, eco burial sites are popping up all over Australia. Relatives and friends will require a satellite navigation device to find graves of loved ones in New South Wales’s first eco-burial site. The deceased will be buried in biodegradable coffins between gum trees in a protected koala sanctuary on bushland attached to Lismore Memorial Park Cemetery in the Northern Rivers region. The company LifeArt provide a range of cardboard coffins that can be ordered via participating funeral parlours in Australia.

The London based “Natural Death Centre” recently hosted the green funeral exhibition at the Conway Hall where exhibitors from all over the UK displayed diverse examples of biodegradable coffins, shrouds and jewellery as well as offering funeral specific green advice and services.


2 Responses

  1. The green burial movement’s new environmental standards for burials are excellent and will presumably soon become the norm. But as new initiative, we should not expect its ideas to be perfect from day 1. In fact, we find that green burial often considers the environmental aspects at the expense of the human ones. Environmental considerations are important, but not everything.

    Actually, they are the easier ones – we must return to what mankind did until very recently. The human aspects – psychological, social, spiritual – take more creativity and sensitivity: creating attractive, meaningful new ways of memorializing; discovering how to guarantee grave perpetuity in an overpopulated and ever-changing world; finding an acceptable new aesthetic to replace the gloomy old Victorian one we have inherited.

    In its forgivable enthusiasm, the green burial movement sometimes appears to “throw the baby out with the bath water”, to be blind to non-environmental aspects of burial. For example:

    1. Forbidding enduring stone markers. Firstly, a stone is not intrinsically environmentally-unfriendly, it is just natural stone. If the gloomy aesthetics of Victorian cemeteries have negative associations for us, let us change the style, go back to rugged old menhirs or boulders for example. But let’s not get rid of them for lack of imagination of anything better. Symbolic markers that resist time provide a subtle but important sense of continuity and a hope of transcendence to survivors and to cultures. And they do not hurt the earth.

    Secondly, it is naïve to assume that alternative marking methods such as GPS will be compatible and usable in a century or more, just as Windows 98 is useless just ten years later. Anyway, there is a fundamental psychological difference between gazing at the name or image of a relative on a grave marker and looking through the forest for some anonymous location that has no connection with the person lying there.

    2. Substituting grave markers with trees. However environmentally desirable and symbolic a tree planting is, a tree is hardly more immortal than we are, it will probably die within a century or less, and above all it is ultimately anonymous. Even in the medium-term, a woodland cemetery where trees are planted instead of placing stone markers will evolve into a beautiful, environmentally-friendly but altogether anonymous forest. It will not be a cemetery anymore than a forgotten mass-grave in the forests of Eastern Europe is a cemetery. Survivors will wander equally aimlessly through beautiful forests without anything specific to identify their loved ones with. Simple solution! Why not an old engraved boulder and a tree?

    3. Land consumption. There are now 7 billion of us and we are still multiplying. Burying all of us in low-density green cemeteries will consume too much valuable land, arable, urban, or wild – in a pinch, the needs of the living must come first. (If we want perpetual graves and not the recycled grave plots Europeans have to accept, the space needs will be even greater.)

    4. Perpetuity. The green burial concept does nothing new to guarantee the perpetuity of our graves. If land needs for the uses of the living or land speculation already threaten traditional cemeteries, what of marker-less woodland cemeteries which in a few decades will not even look like cemeteries? Add a few imposing menhirs to mark these graves and reuse of the land already becomes psychologically and socially less thinkable.

    Although we are on the right track with the elimination of ground pollutants in burial, we have yet to solve the land space needs and the grave perpetuity questions. Above all, if we wish to return to truly traditional ways, we must find a way to ensure the graves of our families rest undisturbed in perpetuity, without sacrificing the earth’s environment.

    Thomas Friese

  2. I saw this page and thought that the page I had just seen before yours, maybe was something for you to see too.
    Look at the idea at or or Google “green way to heaven”.
    I saw the same at

    I think it’s a great idea they have come to in Denmark, namely to manufacture coffins of compressed recycled paper.
    I have never seen that before and thought that it was therefore of interest to read about it for you too.

    Just think of how many millions of trees worldwide can avoid trap every year now!
    We use around 36 millions casket per year worldwide.

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