What to Know about Wood Caskets for Sustainable Funerals

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One of the leading trends in funeral preparation is to go with a green or sustainable funeral. This means creating and preparing for a funeral that is as Earth-friendly as possible. One of the ways to do this is to choose a casket for sale that is made of sustainable materials. You can do this with wood-based caskets. If you have not considered this option, here are some things to know about choosing this style and how it can benefit your sustainable funeral plan.

Casket versus Coffin

The first thing you need to know before purchasing a casket or coffin for sale is the difference between a casket and coffin. Keep in mind that the basic difference is that a coffin has six sides and a casket has four. This may or may not make a difference in your plans. For many people, the look of a traditional coffin is something they want even when they have a wood coffin for sustainable reasons. The concern is that you can not find a traditional option in an all wood form. The truth is, you can find wood options in both casket and coffin forms and can find traditional look in either form. 

Treatments

Depending on the type of sustainable options you want, then the treatment on the wood coffin may be important to you. For example, if you are planning a Kosher funeral as a person of Jewish faith then you will likely want to refuse any wood treatment. The reason for this is that the treatments can prevent the wood from breaking down naturally once buried. You may have an issue with the chemicals used as well. With that in mind, make sure that the treatments meet your faith-based criteria for your funeral and your planning for a sustainable funeral.

Sustainable Wood

When you hear that wood is being used, you may assume that it is automatically sustainable. The truth is that the wood may not be as sustainable as you think. In fact, woods like bamboo are more sustainable than others may be. Bamboo, for example, grows faster and can be harvested more often without harming the environment. It is also durable for burial and can still degrade naturally for Kosher and similar funeral plans.

When you have narrowed down your casket choice, contact your local funeral director. They can help you with ordering, planning and with any questions regarding your funeral that you may have. They can also help you find funeral caskets for sale near you so you can visit local showrooms to determine the best options for you.

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