Environmentally friendly woven coffins

Cane

Cane is particularly environmentally friendly, as it grows by up to six metres a year in downgraded forests, in marginal soil or in areas where other land products cannot grow. It provides an income for some of the poorest people living in and around the rainforests. The Cane is available in either traditional coffin or curved end shape, has a solid ply base and is finished with rope handles, wooden name plate, natural cotton lining, pillow and robe.

Cane traditional
Cane traditional
Cane traditional curved
Cane curved

Seagrass

Seagrass is grown in paddy fields which are flooded with sea water at certain times of the year. It is highly renewable and comes from an environment where sustainability practices are employed. Once harvested, seagrass is dried and then spun into a strong yarn ready for weaving. The Seagrass has a solid ply base and is finished with rope handles, wooden name plate, natural cotton lining, pillow and robe.

Seagrass traditionalSeagrass traditional
Seagrass curved
Seagrass curved

Cocostick

Cocostick coffins are made out of the stems from the leaves of the coconut palm, which are fast growing by-products of the coconut tree. The leaves are dried out and the stems separated, producing tiny sticks which are strung together, making a natural colour variation. The Cocostick coffin is only available in the traditional coffin shape, has a solid ply base and is finished with rope handles, wooden name plate, natural cotton lining, pillow and robe.

Cocostick traditionalCocostick traditional
Cocostick traditional (2)
Cocostick traditional (2)

Banana

Banana coffins are made from the leaves of the banana plant, which are fast growing and freely available. The leaves are removed carefully and spun into long yarns which are woven round a natural tohiti frame, making them strong, lightweight and golden coloured in appearance. The Banana is available in either traditional coffin or curved end shape, has a solid ply base and is finished with rope handles, wooden name plate, natural cotton lining, pillow and robe.

Banana square
Banana traditional
Banana curved
Banana curved

Loom

Loom is actually natural paper which is spun into long yarns and woven around a tohiti frame. The coffin has a light brown colour with cream coloured cane inserted into the design for contrast. The Loom is only available in the curved end shape, has a solid ply base and is finished with rope handles, wooden name plate, natural cotton lining, pillow and robe.

Loom curved
Loom curved

Bamboo

This natural bamboo coffin has been meticulously hand-crafted, using fine strips of dried bamboo. The bamboo weave is interlaced to form an attractive mat that is then woven around a strong rattan frame. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth and has been known to grow up to a metre a day, making it a highly sustainable material. The Bamboo is available in either the traditional or curved end shapes, has a solid ply base, engraved wooden nameplate and comes fitted with rope handles, a natural cotton lining, pillow and coversheet and a cotton robe.

Bamboo
Bamboo
Bamboo
Bamboo curved

Framed Bamboo

As explained above, Bamboo is another ecologically sound material, as it grows very quickly.
Once harvested, the plant grows back to its original size in just fifty-nine days. The Framed Bamboo is made from woven split bamboo panels mounted on a painted softwood frame. It is only available in the traditional coffin shape, has a solid softwood base, rope and wood handles, a matching painted wooden plaque with engraved nameplate, unbleached calico linings and robe.

Bamboo
Framed Bamboo
Framed Bamboo lining lining
Framed Bamboo lining

Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth is an aquatic perennial plant that is one of the fastest growing species known to mankind. It is perniciously invasive and, uncontrolled, it quickly chokes waterways. It requires constant physical removal, which is very expensive. Harvesting water hyacinth for commercial purposes is an excellent means of environmental control. Strings of the dried fibres are spun together to form a braid ready for weaving. The dried stems are also used. The Water Hyacinth is available in both traditional coffin and half round casket shapes. It has a solid softwood base, rope and wood handles, a wooden plaque with engraved nameplate, unbleached calico linings and robe.

Water hyacinth half round
Water hyacinth half round
Water hyacinth traditional
Water hyacinth traditional

Swaledale Wool

Working closely with the British Wool Marketing Board, the manufacturers of the Swaledale support British Farmers by purchasing their wool through the Quality Assurance Scheme. The Swaledale is made in Yorkshire using pure new wool, supported on a strong recycled cardboard frame. The base is waterproof and biodegradable. The interior is lined with organic cotton and edged with jute. The nameplate is also made of wool and is embroidered and the handles are made of cotton webbing. It is available in Natural and Limestone (grey).

Swaledale wool (Natural)
Swaledale wool (Natural)
Swaledale wool (Limestone)
Swaledale wool (Limestone)