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Does environmentally friendly really mean environmentally friendly?

Yes. Where the environment is concerned our industry is striving to be compliant and take considerations into account at all levels. Obviously cremation is as environmentally friendly as it can be but burial is the most environmentally friendly form of disposal.

We can provide coffins that carry the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) mark. FSC is a certification system that provides internationally recognised standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organisations, and communities interested in responsible forestry.

The FSC label provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.

Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide.

To earn FSC certification and the right to use the FSC label, an organisation must first adapt its management and operations to conform to all applicable FSC requirements. What the FSC rules prescribe are being globally applied. This is how FSC makes a positive and permanent impact.

We can also provide coffins made from alternative materials such as wicker and cardboard, which have been produced in the UK and therefore have less impact on the environment. Incidentally, all the products sourced by Susan Whymark Funeral Service, where possible, are purchased from businesses in the UK as close to home as possible.

Inner coffin linings can be made from cotton, and rope handles can be fitted to wooden and cardboard coffins. The closer to home you are buried ensures less travelling by car and, if close enough, family members are welcome to carry the coffin themselves if no motor vehicles are wanted.

Again if you have questions on this subject we are happy to talk it through with you and discuss personal requirements.