The more hardcore among Hong Kong’s environmentalists who are dead-set (ba-da-bing) on saving the planet can opt for the city’s first “reusable coffin”, a recyclable resting place that can save 48 cubic-meters of timber a year if used at least once a day.
The coffin is comprised of a hardwood “outer coffin”, which can be kept for reuse, and a removable “inner casket”, made of a strong honeycomb-core cardboard, in which the body is kept for cremation. One benefit is that the coffin burns more quickly, 26 minutes faster than a regular wooden one.[…]
Green Life chief executive Lam Ka-hei says she understands customers will have reservations about reusing a coffin due to superstition and conservatism. But, she said: “It’s just like a hospital bed. Many people pass away on that same bed and someone else will end up using it.”
The idea is being promoted by the social enterprise Green LIfe Passage and rides the coattails of the non-profit’s equally macabre environmental campaign from last year calling for people to be cremated in coffins made of water hyacinth.