What is an eco-funeral?

An eco-funeral, also known as a green funeral or natural funeral, is a funeral that is designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. The focus is on reducing the impact on the environment while still providing a meaningful and respectful farewell to the deceased.
Eco-funerals may include the use of:
  • Biodegradable and environmentally friendly materials, such as bamboo, wicker or cardboard, for the casket or shroud.
  • Natural or chemical-free burial methods, such as a green burial in a natural setting or a conservation burial ground.
  • Reduced use of chemicals, such as embalming fluids, in funeral preparation.
  • Alternatives to traditional cremation, such as alkaline hydrolysis or resomation.
  • Reforestation, tree planting or other environmental projects as a way to commemorate the life of the deceased.
  • The specific elements of an eco-funeral will vary depending on the preferences and beliefs of the individual and their family, as well as local laws and regulations. 
Why would I have an eco funeral?

People choose to have an eco-funeral for various reasons, including:
  • Environmental concerns: Some people choose an eco-funeral as a way to reduce their environmental impact and be more sustainable, even in death.
  • Personal values: Eco-funerals align with some people's beliefs and values, such as a love for nature, a desire for simplicity or a commitment to living a low-impact lifestyle.
  • Cost savings: Eco-funerals can sometimes be more cost effective than traditional funerals, especially if they utilize a natural burial ground or biodegradable materials.
  • Legacy: For some, an eco-funeral is a way to leave a positive legacy and contribute to the preservation of the environment for future generations.
What coffin would be eco-conscious: 

For an eco-conscious funeral, a biodegradable or sustainable coffin is typically preferred. Some common options include:
  1. Woven willow or bamboo: These materials are renewable, biodegradable and provide a natural and eco-friendly option.
  2. Cardboard: Cardboard coffins are lightweight, biodegradable and a low-cost option for eco-conscious funerals.
  3. Recycled materials: Coffins made from recycled materials, such as recycled paper, can be a sustainable and environmentally friendly option.
  4. Wood: Coffins made from sustainably-sourced wood, such as pine or poplar, can also be a good choice for eco-conscious funerals.
  5. Shrouds: A shroud, which is a simple garment made of natural materials that are used to wrap the body, is another option for an eco-conscious funeral.

It's important to note that laws and regulations surrounding the use of biodegradable and eco-friendly coffins may vary by location, so it's a good idea to check with your funeral director or local authorities for specific guidelines.

Ultimately, the decision to have an eco-funeral is a personal one and should reflect the beliefs and values of the individual and their family. It's important to consider all options and make a decision that feels right for you.

When choosing a funeral director for an eco-burial, it's important to consider their experience and expertise, as well as the options and services they offer. When planning your funeral via Legacy of Lives you can personalise your wishes and our planner will match you to the perfect local funeral provider.