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Ecoffins: Eco-Friendly, All Natural and Biodegradable Alternatives for Green Burials and Cremation

Environmentally green coffins for the funeral industry

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As more and more American families and communities look for eco-friendly solutions to everything in life, a need remains for greener choices to fulfill the final wishes of loved ones at their time of death.

When William Wainman decided to introduce his company’s Ecoffins to the United States (at the 2007 National Funeral Directors Association International Convention & Exposition last fall) he was not sure how his products would be received. Wainman soon discovered that his timing was right, and that his products fit nicely with a growing need sought after by US funeral professionals.

In line with the company's strong green beliefs, Ecoffins manufactures their entire product line using only environmentally sustainable material:

Bamboo– not the species consumed by pandas– the ultimate sustainable material, grown and harvested in licensed plantations (when cut down at the root, bamboo takes just 59 days to grow back to full height without the need for replanting);

Pandanus– an environmentally friendly alternative to sea grass (currently under threat from coastal development, dredging and urban expansion);

Willow– cut from bushes known as crowns which remain harvestable for approximately 40 years before they need to be replanted; and

Banana– sheaves come from the trunk of the plant which peel off naturally each year.

ecoffins environmentally friendly coffins and cremation urns

More attractive than a plain pine box or corrugated cardboard container, Ecoffins are hand woven from organic sustainable materials, available in a variety of casket styles and cremation ashes urns.

Standard sizes accommodate adults up to 325 pounds; smaller sizes are suitable for children and infants, or even a beloved family pet.

All items are shipped complete with cotton liners. Caskets and coffins include a waterproof cotton shroud and bamboo headrest.

A popular choice for woodland burials, Ecoffins will biodegrade naturally along with the body, leaving nothing behind but human remains within six months to one year from the time of burial.

Cremation Coffins

Also appropriate for cremation, an added benefit is the lack of toxins released into the environment during the cremation process. Burn reports issued by crematories show low levels of particulate matter from bamboo coffins and a carbon monoxide reading of zero. In fact, there are less harmful emissions given off from an Ecoffin than those from the human body itself.

Manufactured in China and Indonesia with Fair Trade Status

Manufactured in the most environmentally friendly way, the company's factories in South China and Indonesia have both been awarded Fair Trade Status by the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT). Their factory in Northeast China is currently undergoing the IFAT examination process.

In January 2008, EcoffinsUSA, LLC was officially launched with the assistance of US Managing Partner, Kathryn Joseph. Joseph and Wainman share enthusiasm for providing "Environmentally Comforting Options" to the funeral industry.

"Ecoffins is an established, successful family business with headquarters in the United Kingdom. They have been manufacturing coffins and caskets for the industry for a little over a decade. The one thing that sets Ecoffins apart from their competitors is that they are innovators in finding sustainable materials to create beautiful alternatives to traditional caskets."

EcoffinsUSA removes the red tape and cost associated with importing individual items. Both Joseph and Wainman agree, "Our Company’s commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint dictates our desire to deliver larger quantities, shipped Russian Doll style, directly from our worldwide factories to the United States. From there, a funeral professional has easier access to our products, and would be able to pass along the costs savings to the family, providing an affordable, attractive environmentally friendly focal point to any ceremony."

For additional information inquiries about EcoffinsUSA, please contact:

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