Eco Fu­ner­als

Kapiti News - - News - By An­drew Mal­colm

The topic of en­vi­ron­men­tally—friendly farewells “eco-fu­ner­als” cov­ers a wide range of is­sues, from full “nat­u­ral buri­als” in spe­cially des­ig­nated ar­eas, to sim­ple choices made through­out the fu­neral ar­range­ments that will min­imise the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and car­bon foot­print of some­one’s fu­neral. Com­mon ar­eas of fo­cus are em­balm­ing, the prepa­ra­tion of the de­ceased and cas­kets.


Mod­ern em­balm­ing is now the usual way of pre­par­ing the de­ceased in New Zealand, with ap­prox­i­mately 80% of de­ceased per­sons be­ing em­balmed. But when think­ing of an en­vi­ron­men­tally—friendly fu­neral most peo­ple be­lieve that do­ing noth­ing, and cer­tainly not em­balm­ing, is the most nat­u­ral state for the de­ceased. How­ever, this does not recog­nise the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of tox­ins or chem­i­cals that build up in one’s body dur­ing life, or drugs that may be in­tro­duced dur­ing a fi­nal ill­ness. These of­ten leave the body in an any­thing but nat­u­ral state. So sim­ply do­ing noth­ing to the de­ceased does not rid the body of harm­ful tox­ins in the body or re­move the chem­i­cals in­duced through med­i­ca­tions dur­ing the later stages of ill­ness. Tech­niques such as EcoPrep re­solve both these is­sues.

For more in­for­ma­tion on eco friendly op­tions now de­vel­oped we sug­gest you con­tact your lo­cal fu­neral home to find out what type of eco- friendly op­tions they can pro­vide.


There are many Eco friendly cas­kets avail­able, in fact so many that fu­neral homes can’t carry them all in stock. But most cat­a­logue items can be ob­tained within 48 hours.


The ‘Wil­low Wo­ven Cas­ket’ - This is a spe­cialised wo­ven wil­low cas­ket sourced in New Zealand. This is more ex­pen­sive than plain pine.

The ‘Plain Pine Box’, known as a Set­tler. This is made of sec­onds Pine and sup­plied with rope han­dles. The ‘Crafted Pine’ – This is made from 1st NZ pine and sup­plied with finely crafted wooden han­dles that are com­fort­able to carry with.

As men­tioned above, there are many more eco friendly cas­kets avail­able in­clud­ing bam­boo, ply and woollen.

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