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At the exhibition in Amsterdam, representing the ritual paraphernalia, one of the exhibitors was the coffin of poplar, which you can collect and decorate yourself as a product of the furniture manufacturer IKEA. Device for burial is made of biodegradable material and leaves the smallest carbon footprint. Eco-friendly coffin presented at the exhibition, the first award dedicated solutions in the field of “green” funeral and reduce your carbon footprint after death – Final footprint award. Thus, as explained by the Guardian, the Dutch funeral industry has responded to the growing number of people who want to be buried in the most environmentally friendly way.

Manufacturer of eco – friendly coffins-Coffin design firm In A Box Company sends their products in flat packages in the mail to customers from Belgium, Netherlands, UK and Switzerland. The cost including delivery is €342 . According to estimates of the manufacturer, the carbon footprint of this tomb is 4 kg of CO2, while the standard coffin will leave in the atmosphere 25-30 kg of carbon dioxide.

“Environmental awareness should extend to everything we do, says KOR Gatenbeck, co-owner of a Coffin in a Box Company. – We sort the garbage, think about the machine on which you drive. We also need to think about the choice of our final journey”.

More than 100 people die every minute. According to the world health organization (who), 56 million dead in 2015, by 2030, the organization predicts an increase in mortality for 25% up to 70 million people.

Gatenbeck believes that the disposal less impact on the environment than cremation. “Cremation uses a lot of energy and increases carbon footprint, he explains. A simple burial in a biodegradable coffin better.” But in the UK, while three quarters of people choose cremation, cemeteries space on the ends and almost half of the local authorities expects the space and the burial will be completed by 2033.

In the Netherlands propose to use the grave again, making the first burial deep in the earth, and after the body had decomposed, making him bury the next person. However, many modern coffins are not biodegradable and remain intact even after the decomposition of the body.

“In the past people used wooden coffins, sometimes containing fabric, but now it’s chemically treated products with synthetic adhesives and often with paint and varnish to achieve a gloss, says Gatenbeck. – These coffins are in no way biodegradable, they are often produced in China or Eastern Europe and transported”.

The firm of Hatanaka started working on a model of a coffin with the sides made from recycled cellulose fibers.

Dutch fair was also presented and other eco-friendly products for funeral shrouds and biodegradable coffins made of recycled materials, a coffin for a painless suicide and so on.

These products can be used on “green” cemeteries. Professor Douglas Davies, Director of the research Center for death and life at the University of Durham indicates that more and more people prefer burial in forest cemetery. “In the UK the same natural burial, how many crematoria, he says. Forest burial something more dynamic, it is associated with life, activity and hope.”

The scientist adds that sustainability today takes up the same positive associations that cremation, first proposed in the late XIX century According to the Cremation society of great Britain, now in the United Kingdom, there are 281 crematorium and more than 270 natural burial sites. According to Davis, the proliferation of small enterprises, offering alternatives from banana leaves before scattering the ashes in the space completely changing the funeral.

As noted by Gatenbeck, cremation is becoming more popular, but resonate or “water cremation,” a process used in the United States and Canada, when the flesh is decomposed by alkaline solution of potassium hydroxide, and a skeleton is crushed, has a lower carbon footprint.

However, like The Guardian, to such religions as Islam and Judaism, burial is the only option.

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