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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 02:44 PM
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I'd like to be cremated in a wicker coffin please. (and 49 other tips)
50. A GREEN ENDING Green funerals don't just mean a woodland burial. Very few people actually know about the green alternatives to steel or hardwood coffins. Many private funeral homes present green alternatives to traditional coffins, including wicker caskets and shrouds. Currently, 89 percent of coffins sold are made of chipboard that is manufactured using formaldehyde. When chipboard coffins are cremated, they can release toxic gases. If buried, they disrupt local ecosystems; as the chipboard decays, the formaldehyde and glue leach into the soil and groundwater. Finally, most people opting for a green good-bye will choose a meadow or woodland burial, with only a memorial tree marking the grave.

13. FOOD MILES MATTER
21. TURN YOUR THERMOSTAT DOWN ONE DEGREE
22. DON'T BE A BUTT TOSSER
28. CARBON OFFSETTING

More here - http://www.vanityfair.com/features/general/articles/060...
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 02:49 PM
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1. NO coffin for me
just a shroud, please. If you must obscure what I leave behind, do it with cardboard.
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mcg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-18-06 07:24 PM
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 02:51 PM
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2. How about hemp?
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 02:53 PM
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3. Or use it's cousin
for a more mellow send-off :smoke:
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 03:26 PM
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5. I would need this added comfort
Because personally, fire is one of my dreaded fears along with being stabbed.
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 03:06 PM
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4. good catch...
#51 - buy hemp
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:44 AM
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7. Hemp used for fire kindling.
Always said i'd like my friends to not mourn. How about hemp's cousin used as kindling while friends listen to 'Another One bites the dust."
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:44 PM
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6. Knowing the funeral industry's mark-up on coffins
As well as the mark-up on crappy wicker stuff from Pier One, I think there's a chance for some synergy here between the two.

TlalocW
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Bamboo Donating Member (258 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:01 PM
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8. What would IKEA call their wicker coffin?
One can be cremated in a sturdy cardboard box.Making wicker is labor intensive,most of it is offshored and poorly paid.Crematoriums have emission controls and burn at such high temperatures that toxins are destroyed.Bring up toxins anyway so you can scare the upper class like using terrorism to scare the middle class.I hear about collective responsibility from liberals and individual responsibility from conservatives while things fall apart,they have not learned that this has become a pythonesque joke.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Running
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-18-06 08:02 PM
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10. Better yet recycle
My instructions are basically, give away whatever is left and useful either to other people still alive or science.

:)

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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-18-06 08:31 PM
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11. Excarnation for me.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excarnation

I could do without the boiling and butchering, but it appeals to me to have my flesh picked over by rats, vultures and larval insects.

I don't know, though, how my family would feel about it, and the matter will be entirely in their hands, as I will no longer exist.
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 09:52 PM
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12. Sounds tres chic! Leave it to Vanity Fair to discover wicker coffins.

:hippie:
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 11:31 PM
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13. They don't mention Sky Burial!
That's been my plan, anyway. Eh, it's probably not legal in the states, but I was going to let my executor worry about that -- I won't care...




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