Life is a cycle, and no one can escape it. The loop of life and death is at the heart of everyday living. One of the biggest questions in this cycle is this—where do you bury the dead?
In the UK, about three-quarters of the dead are cremated. And yet, space in graveyards are still getting filled quickly. It is estimated that by 2033 or even earlier, the graveyards will be full. And here comes the growth of having eco-friendly funerals in the UK.
Current burial practices have not changed much since the Victorian times. There are the sombre men in black who act as pallbearers carrying the coffin. The coffin is made of brightly polished wood or metal in some cases.
But there are changes on the horizon, specifically now that eco-friendly practices are gaining favour. These include biodegradable caskets made from different sustainable materials. These include coffins made of unpainted, unbleached and untreated wood, bamboo, banana leaf, willow, wool, and even cardboard and paper. These materials naturally degrade faster than traditional treated wood.
Although it makes a lot of sense, one trend may not be entirely feasible. There are now do-it-yourself coffins as well. These follow the ideas behind Ikea, where the coffin is delivered as a knockdown piece for easy transport. Typically, these are made of cardboard and allow the owners to paint the exterior to their own designs. They can draw symbols with significance to the deceased, for instance.
Death is a sore topic for most people. They know that it will eventually come, but they do not want to talk about it. On the other hand, those who have accepted this reality have the time to make a choice for themselves, and that is to choose an eco-friendly coffin and funeral.