Did you know you can reduce your environmental footprint on the planet even after you’ve left it?
In British Columbia a Victoria funeral parlour is promoting cardboard caskets covered in wood veneer. They are made from 100 per cent recycled carboard, pressed in honeycomb style to provide strength. The coffins come in convincing imitations of oak, mahogany and pine.
Cardboard caskets require less time and fuel in the cremation process, which reduces emissions. B.C. is the North American leader in cremation, with more then 80 per cent of clients choosing it as an alternative to burial.
The caskets cost less than their real wood counterparts and it is expected the price will fall as volume increases.
Which reminds me of a personal experience. When my mother died a good many years ago, the family opted for a rather cheap grey cloth-covered casket. The reason was that my brother had a young family and we did not want her modest estate to be eaten up by high funeral costs.
I remember a woman friend of my mother’s berating me after the funeral for not showing my mother respect by not purchasing an expensive casket.
Which leaves two reasons in favour of a biodegadable cardboard casket: cost and the envirornment.
What do you think?
Would you consider a cardboard casket?