The Environment

You can take comfort knowing our willow coffins are the mindful choice for the environmentally conscious. Willow has long been known for its positive environmental benefits, particularly it’s renewable and ecological properties. Willow is a great alternative to conventional man-made materials such as MDF, chipboard and metal.  

Sustainable

Did you know, the manufacture of our willow coffin releases 60% less CO₂ than a conventional particleboard coffin.

Willow is carbon negative, this means in growing a willow crop, CO₂ becomes trapped under the soil reducing the amount of CO₂ released into the atmosphere. When this is taken into account, our coffins’ net CO₂ emissions as a result of production, are as little as one-third of that of a particleboard coffin. [1]

Renewable

Willow is grown in rows of bushes on the Somerset levels. We begin harvesting our willow in late autumn. Once cut our willow will regenerate back to the same height within a single year. Willow enjoys rapid growth, is highly renewable, and the number one reason it’s used as a crop for biomass energy. Once planted, a willow crown will last up to 60 years before needing to be renewed, in that time only the most basic of maintenance is required.

Biodegradable

Our willow coffins are 100% bio-degradable, our coffin structure, the handles, the lid, and all the linings are entirely natural. We’re absolutely committed to not using glues, resins or metals in the manufacture of our willow coffins. This all helps to contribute towards the coffin being able to decompose much more quickly than conventional options such as MDF and chipboard.

Environmental

The willow we grow integrates with its surrounding land exceptionally well, providing a natural habitat for many species of wetland birds and animals. When grown as a short rotation coppice, our willow has a much higher water consumption than agricultural crops. In flood-affected areas, this helps to take the pressure off the natural landscape. In addition, willow is used as a natural engineering solution to tackle a range of conditions such as; biofiltration, constructed wetlands, ecological wastewater treatment, hedges, land reclamation, bioengineering, slope stabilisation and soil erosion control. Willow can act as the perfect resolution to many problems facing the geographic environment.


[1] Based on information from Whittaker, C. (2020) Life cycle assessment of a woven willow coffin