Banana sheaves & bamboo – unusual combo for a casket? Not anymore.

Many people today are looking for a green burial solution.  That’s one that doesn’t use chemicals that pollute the earth and doesn’t leave a body in a metal casket for many years.  They also want something that is cost effective.  Two such solutions have been around for years – cardboard and wood.  A cardboard coffin can cost as little as $50 and weighs next to nothing.  A plain wooden box – often made of pine – can cost anywhere from $500 up and weighs between 80 and 90 pounds.  A third solution has just been introduced – a casket made of banana sheaves and bamboo.   It’s cost starts at $800, weighs about 80 pounds and is completely biodegradable.

Does the combination of banana sheaves and bamboo sound weird?  You may not know that in the 1950’s and 1960’s funeral homes often used woven baskets to transport bodies from health facilities.   And wicker coffins were popular in the United States for many years.   

So if you’re looking for a green, cost friendly casket in which to bury a loved one, this is an option you should consider.