Our commitment to the environment
We are registered with the local authority, under the Environmental Protection Act to spray wood polish and to comply with their guidance. We have to meet minimum standards to reduce our solvent emissions. To date, we have cut our emissions by more than 70% by using water born polishes. The polishes, when dry, are bio degradable with no harmful effects or emissions if cremated.
The coffins are distributed by road using conventional trucks and vans. We always ensure the journey is required and the vehicle is fully laden. When travelling long distances the vehicles are often “back loaded” for the return journey. Our cars and vans use liquid propane gas this is a much cleaner fuel with less harmful emissions.
To manufacture one coffin takes around 15 units of electricity. 1 unit equals 1000 watts per hour. Electricity generated from fossil fuel would create 385 tonnes of C02 emissions per annum. However, we produce and use our own green biomass generated electricity.
In the last 3 years we have cut our electricity consumption in absolute terms by more than 30%, relatively 45%. 180,000 kwh or units of electric. Or if coal powered electric were used this would add 75 tonnes of CO2 emissions the atmosphere.
We use wood to manufacture a coffin. Wood is a natural organic product which can be grown in a sustainable way, enhancing our countryside and providing valuable habitat for wildlife and plants. We only use wood from sustainable sources as per friends of the earth good wood guidelines.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, not for profit, non government organisation based in Bonn, Germany. The mission of the council is to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.