Sun Rising
Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve
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Ethical Caskets and Urns

After a cremation, ashes are usually presented to the family in either the 'polytainer' - the burgundy red or dark green plastic urn which crematoria use - or a wooden casket into which the funeral director may have transferred the ashes. We are unable to inter the polytainer, nor do we allow interment if the wooden casket is not solid wood but veneered, or if the ashes are in a plastic bag inside the wooden casket.

Families are free to inter ashes with no container at all. However, there are many alternatives that are ethical and biodegradable, including those made of woven willow or bamboo, papier mache, recycled paper and cardboard.

Companies listed here are a selection of what is available. We are happy to source any product for you, as some of these companies do not sell to the public.

Sun Rising Ashes CasketsSun Rising Caskets

At Sun Rising we make our own caskets of 100% recycled card, decorated in summer flowers and autumn leaves from the natural burial ground. These are simple, inexpensive, wholly ethical, and each one is seasonal and entirely unique. You can see a few to the right, but click this link to see more Sun Rising flower caskets.

There are also caskets with The Friends of Sun Rising logo, the price of which includes a donation is given to The Friends. See the relevant page here for more information and a photograph.

Woven Willow, Bamboo and other Grasses

Ecoffins are one of the older companies selling willow and bamboo urns and caskets that are popular. These are imported, but using ethical logistics. They only deal with co-operatives and certified fair trade.

Natural Woven Coffins is the importing arm of Somerset Willow (below), selling ashes made Acorn from Ecopodof imported reeds and grasses. 

Somerset Willow is an old family firm making high quality English willow coffins.

Card and Papier Maché

It is easy enough nowadays to buy a scattertube online: these are cardboard, fully biodegradable and appropriate for burial. Some families create their own containers, or use carrier bags, calico or cotton bags, decorating them as they wish. Here are some ready-made ideas too.

Ecopod make a beautiful acorn shaped urn made of papier maché, in deep red or leaf green (shown in the photograph above). - acorns

Eco-Urns are handmade,entirely personal, bespoke, papier maché urns by the artist, Annie Leigh. She can do pretty much any shape you may like, production taking some 4-6 weeks. Peggs Yard Casket
Tel : 01379 677344

Pegg's Yard offer handmade caskets of natural and eco-friendly materials. They are beautifully crafted, and come in a range of colours and designs, from the bold to the delicate.
01787 372465