Wicker coffins the greener choice

According to the writer, the cost of a wicker coffin (above) is lower than the price of the usual wooden ones from funeral firms here.
According to the writer, the cost of a wicker coffin (above) is lower than the price of the usual wooden ones from funeral firms here.PHOTO: LILY LEONG SIEW WAH

In some countries, like Britain and Australia, there is a growing use of wicker coffins made from dried reeds, such as from willow trees.

My family heard of this and, as such coffins are not available here, had one flown into Singapore for our mother, who died last year.

The cost of the coffin, including air freight fees, was lower than the price of the usual wooden ones from funeral companies here.

It can also be more easily decorated with flowers.

Although the topic of coffins may be sensitive to some, and the use of wooden coffins for sending off the dead is an entrenched practice, the threat of global warming requires that we be willing to change some long-held views and do what we can to save our world.

My family will continue to see wicker coffins as the better ecological choice.

If more Singaporeans join our effort to be greener, the increase in demand for such coffins will result in their being available locally.

Lily Leong Siew Wah (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2015, with the headline 'Wicker coffins the greener choice'. Print Edition | Subscribe