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Options explored to be environmentally-friendly from the grave

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

ECO CHOICE:  Funeral director Ian George  with a couple of wicker urns

ECO CHOICE: Funeral director Ian George with a couple of wicker urns

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BEING environmentally- friendly from beyond the grave is becoming more popular, according to a Cheltenham funeral director.

Eco-coffins and 'disappearing' urns are all the rage as people switch from more traditional casket to ones that ensure their final legacy is environmentally friendly.

Now funeral director Ian George, who runs his firm from Gloucester Road, is giving a talk about the increasingly popular option in a bid to turn more people green.

His assistant Jane Roberts said: "It is becoming more and more popular because people in their lives are generally become more concerned about the environment.

"We all like to recycle and do our bit nowadays.

"We are quite firm believers in giving people options and while the traditional funeral is still the most popular, more people are definitely turning to wicker or biodegradable coffins."

The funeral directors have even created a 'spring meadow' window display, featuring some of the greener products they are now offering.

A presentation about the burial options takes place on March 6 at 7pm at the Cheltenham-based sustainability group Vision 21's offices at 30 St George's Place.

Visitors will learn about eco-coffins made from pine, waste wood, willow, banana plant leaves, cardboard and even wool.

They can also find out about the 'disappearing' urn.

Mrs Roberts added: "The disappearing urn does just that. When you put it into the ground any moisture soaks into it and it slowly disappears."

Claire Mitchell, office manager at Vision 21, said: "There really are many different styles of coffins now.

"We have a few people come to us who have mentioned this is the sort of option they are interested in so we decided to arrange a presentation.

"It's not something people always think about so the event is open to anyone who just wants a bit more information."

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  • elgoog  |  February 14 2013, 10:38AM

    Visitors will learn about eco-coffins made from pine, waste wood, willow, banana plant leaves, cardboard and even wool. bio degradable plastic bags ??

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