You can choose a coffin that suits the style of the funeral and character of the person. A round-ended willow coffin makes a very different to statement to a picture coffin, traditional wood coffin or American style casket. Think about the person who has died: their values, whether they wore expensive and elegant, stylish or practical clothes, whether they are a flambouyant, colourful or quiet character, how traditional or individual they were, and you may get some idea about the sort of coffin that would be right for them. You can choose from many.
Not all the coffins in this brochure can be described as ‘green’, but we do endeavour to provide you with a wide range to give you plenty of choice.
As a rough and ready guide, we have given three green ratings, high (the best), medium and low. This rating system is a subjective view based on the knowledge we have of the products.
Materials are important. For example, the willow, bamboo and recycled cardboard coffins are made from the most sustainable resources. Some of the solid wood coffins have Forest Stewardship Council certification.
Veneered chipboard coffins are rated low because of the uncertainty surrounding the inclusion of formaldehyde in the glues, even though chipboard is largely made from waste wood.
Transport is also a factor, so we endeavour to let you know where the coffins are manufactured. Generally, UK is best, but some of the coffins coming from China or Poland are packed inside each other and our main supplier claims the shipping energy use is the equivalent of less than 10 road miles. Where we are not sure about transport, we have given coffins from China and the Far East made from eco-friendly materials a medium rating to reflect this uncertainty.
You can buy from us and we will send it to a UK address within 48 hours.
However, because all the prices shown here are at cost (for our funeral clients), please add £125 to the price shown.
Just buying a coffin without us organising the funeral?
Because all the prices shown here are at cost for our funeral clients (see below), please add £125 to the price shown.
Where we show a range of price, the following may add to the cost:
- Extra long or short or extra large
- Some have optional handles
All coffins are at cost price
We sell all coffins to our funeral directing clients at cost price.
We feel this is the most transparent pricing system. We charge for our time and facilities through our professional charges and not by hiding any part of this in the cost of the coffin (or other items such as hearse, cars, cremation costs).
As we charge for coffins at cost price, if our supplier changes their prices or you require something extra, we will let you know the extra price before you finalise your choice.
Our full range of coffins
If you cannot find what you are looking for please let us know. This is a just selection and we can source most coffins. Prices may vary slightly with size and specification. We sell all coffins to our funeral directing clients at cost price.
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green rating: high £520 – £550
Handmade and finished in Somerset using willow grown locally on the Somerset levels. They can be personalised with a selection of coloured banding and handles. For an additional cost, matching crosses, symbols and designs can be woven into the coffin.
green rating: high £370 – £430
For almost a hundred years the Musgrove family have grown willow on the Somerset Levels. Willow is a renewable and sustainable crop annually harvested from a stump in withy beds. It absorbs carbon from the atmosphere as it grows. All the coffins are made without the use of dyes, bleaches or fossil fuels.
You can choose the colour of the handles and of the banding for most of these coffins.
green rating: high
Bamboo – £240 – £310
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth, growing up to a metre a day. The fuel used for transport per coffin is equivalent to driving a car just 5 miles.
Banana leaf – £340 – £380
The leaves are removed and spun into long yarns and then woven around a natural Rattan frame making them substantial, lightweight and golden coloured in appearance. They are fast growing, freely available and 100% natural and biodegradable.
Cane – £300 – £330
Cane is environmentally friendly as it is fast growing – as much as six meters a year. It grows in degraded forests and in marginal soil or where other land products cannot grow. It clings to existing tropical rain forest trees and so actively encourages the preservation of trees in the rain forest.
Coloured Wicker – £500 – £550
green rating: high £170 – £250
Cleverly constructed, traditionally shaped cardboard coffins manufactured from corrugated cardboard. At least 70% post consumer waste sourced from local mills.
+£30 for weight bearing handles, +£20 for cremation charger board
green rating: high £280 – £400
You can have any image! To reflect the life and interests of the deceased: choose an image (a small selection is shown here); or use your own photos or images; or ask the designers for suggestions on a theme.
green rating: high Leaf cocoon £590 – £740 / Leaf pod £440
Hand-made from entirely natural, local materials.
The Leafcocoon is a soft woollen shroud, enfolded in layers of felt, giving a smooth outline, supported on a strong wood frame and six carrying handles. The decorated leaf shape cover can be removed just before burial and kept as a memento.
The Leafpod is a plain shroud without the extra decorated cover.
green rating: low £160 – £250
These are locally made: largely from waste wood, but the glues contain formaldehyde. The veneer coffins have thin covering of actual wood (veneer), while the foil coffins are covered in wood-effect paper.
Brighton / Collingwood: pine & oak green rating: low £410 / £700
Highbury / Cathedral: solid oak green rating: medium £680 / £900
Lambourne / Lucia: solid poplar green rating: low prices on request
green rating: medium £550 – £850 +
Hand made in the UK from solid timber and high quality curved plywood (all sourced from renewable sources). Finished and hand painted with a water-soluble paint to provide a high quality finish.
Options: Plain wood / Single colour / Bespoke hand painted designs