Prop me up
October 24, 2002 12:47 AM   Subscribe

Prop me up beside a jukebox is one option. Some think you'd be better off in a pinebox, there's always an Eternal reef. But now, there's an ecofriendly way to spend eternity, or at least a short time.
posted by SuzySmith (11 comments total)
Cardboard coffins are all good and well, but are they recycled?
posted by fnord_prefect at 12:50 AM on October 24, 2002

From the site: Our Coffins are made up of an outer shell, inner and lid, all in recycled cardboard
posted by riffola at 12:52 AM on October 24, 2002

Why even bother using a coffin at all. It is customary in Israel for Jews to be buried in a simple shroud. If a coffin (only plain wood is allowed) is used holes are drilled in it in to allow for easy decomposition.

There are a lot of other cultures where coffins aren't used, but there are also quite a few other cultures where the opposite is true and ornate coffins are the exit of choice.
posted by PenDevil at 1:59 AM on October 24, 2002

There's an eco-cemetery in Florida, or North Carolina, which may be the one I read about a few weeks ago. There are other eco-friendly death and funeral choices.
posted by dhartung at 2:35 AM on October 24, 2002

This is pretty cool.

When my Grandma passed away last year, Mom picked the 6 foot cardboard box for Grandma to be cremated in. Mom couldn't justify paying thousands for a casket when no one was going to see it. (New Mexico state laws require the body be in a container for burial or cremation. We joked for days about Gradma's favorite Tupperware container.)
posted by onhazier at 6:07 AM on October 24, 2002

Why go coffin when you can go LifeGem? Available for your loved ones and your pets too!
posted by KathyK at 6:41 AM on October 24, 2002

Funny, I was just involved with a discussion about human remains. I would basically go for anything my family chose with two exceptions:
1) Airtight concrete vault that doesn't allow the body to decay quickly.
2) Medical school donation. Why? Because I took an anatomy class and I remember vividly the instructor going on about the donated body's thighs. At one point she, the instructor, pointed out the layer of adipose tissue and said "Look how fat her thighs were. Nobody in this class has thighs that fat." Shudder. I have enough body image issues already; I don't like to imagine my short comings being debated.

You can't go wrong with cremation...although being eaten by birds of prey would be cool too.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:28 AM on October 24, 2002

It's fireworks for me.
posted by transient at 11:42 AM on October 24, 2002

corrugated is class!
posted by kliuless at 1:17 PM on October 24, 2002

My husband wants to be stuffed and mounted on a cape buffalo. We could haul him out of storage during the holidays and hang twinkle lights on him, I guess.
posted by kittyloop at 4:11 PM on October 24, 2002

they will hold 17 stone in weight and will accommodate up to 6' 1" (185cm) in height.

I'm both too tall and too heavy. Sigh.
posted by blm at 3:36 PM on October 28, 2002

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