Eco-Friendly Farewells: Why Wooden Caskets, Coffins, and Urns are the Future

In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards eco-friendly and sustainable practices in all aspects of life. This trend has also extended to the funeral industry, with more and more people opting for biodegradable coffins, caskets, and urns. In particular, eco-friendly wooden coffins, caskets, and urns have gained popularity as a sustainable and environmentally friendly option for farewells. In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why wooden caskets, coffins, and urns are the future of eco-friendly farewells.

The Rise of Eco-Friendly Farewells


The Environmental Impact of Traditional Caskets and Coffins

Traditional caskets, coffins, and urns are typically made from materials such as metal, concrete, and hardwood, which are not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to decompose. This means that they contribute to the already significant environmental impact of the funeral industry. According to the Green Burial Council, traditional burials in the United States alone use over 30 million board feet of hardwood, 90,000 tons of steel, 1.6 million tons of concrete, and 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid each year.

The Benefits of Biodegradable Caskets and Coffins

Biodegradable caskets and coffins, on the other hand, are made from materials that can decompose naturally, leaving little to no impact on the environment. These caskets and coffins are typically made from materials such as bamboo, willow, seagrass, and cardboard. They are also free from toxic chemicals and do not require the use of embalming fluids, making them a healthier and more sustainable option for farewells.

Why Wooden Caskets, Coffins, and Urns are the Future

Sustainable Material

Wooden caskets, coffins, and urns are made from sustainably sourced wood, which is a renewable resource. This means that their production has a minimal impact on the environment, as trees can be replanted and grown for future use. In contrast, the production of traditional options often involves the use of non-renewable resources, such as metal and concrete, which have a significant environmental impact.

Biodegradable and Non-Toxic

Wooden caskets, coffins, and urns are also biodegradable and non-toxic, making them more environmentally friendly compared to traditional options. As mentioned earlier, traditional options can take hundreds of years to decompose, while wooden options can decompose naturally in a matter of months. This means that wooden solutions do not contribute to the buildup of waste in landfills, and they do not release harmful chemicals into the environment.

Customizable and Personalized

What are the customization options for wooden caskets, coffins, and urns? Typically, there are several allowing for a more personalized and meaningful farewell. Families can choose from different types of wood, finishes, and designs to reflect the personality and preferences of their loved one. This personalization adds a special touch to the farewell and can bring comfort to grieving family members.


In addition to being environmentally friendly, wooden burial options are also cost-effective. Traditional options can be expensive, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. In contrast, wooden options are typically more affordable, with prices starting much lower. This makes wooden caskets, coffins, and urns a more accessible option for families who want to have an eco-friendly farewell without breaking the bank.

How to Choose the Right Wooden Casket, Coffin, or Urn

When choosing a wooden casket, coffin, or urn, there are a few factors to consider to ensure that you are making the right choice for your loved one 

and the environment.



The type of wood used is an essential factor to consider. Some of the most commonly used woods include pine, cedar, oak, walnut, and maple. It is best to choose an option made from sustainably sourced wood to ensure that the production of the casket, coffin, or urn has a minimal impact on the environment.

Design and Finish

Wooden burial options come in a variety of designs and finishes, from simple and elegant to ornate and decorative. It is essential to choose a design and finish that reflects the personality and preferences of your loved one. You can also opt for a plain, unfinished casket, which can be personalized with paint or decorations by family members.

Wooden Caskets, Coffins, and Urns in Action

The Old Pine Box offers a variety of wooden caskets, coffins, and urns emphasizing simplicity and environmental friendliness. Our products range from classic rectangular caskets to six-sided "toe pincher" coffins, crafted with a focus on natural and sustainable materials.

Some of our notable offerings include:

  • "Pioneer" Pine Coffin
  • "Wrangler" Pine/Cedar Coffin
  • "Homesteader" Oak Coffin
  • "Peace" Pine Casket
  • "Vaquero" All-Natural Pine Casket
  • "Grace" Walnut Casket
  • "Harmony" Pine/Cedar Casket
  • “Single”, “Together”, and “Commemoration” Urns

Each of these products reflects The Old Pine Box's commitment to creating unique, eco-friendly burial options. For more detailed information, you can explore our full collection and additional product details on our website


As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, it is essential to consider sustainable options in all aspects of life, including farewells. Wooden caskets, coffins, and urns offer a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional options, with the added benefits of customization, affordability, and non-toxicity. By choosing a wooden option, you can honor your loved one's memory while also making a positive impact on the environment.  If you have questions regarding wooden caskets, coffins, or urns don’t hesitate to contact The Old Pine Box!