Most coffins today are made from chipboard, MDF mouldings and often high quality plastic fittings. When burnt during cremation they release pollutants. The manufacture of chipboard uses formaldehyde, which is not considered to be environmentally friendly. Coffins that are far less harmful to the environment are now widely available, made from cardboard, wicker, bamboo and other materials. Google 'eco-coffins'
Funerals and the environment
This page is part of our material about planning and leaving instructions concerning your own funeral. It deals with ecological considerations which for some people may be important