At Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services™, we are very proud to be one of only a select few funeral homes in North America that are 3-Leaf rated by the Green Burial Council of North America. From caskets and urns made of biodegradable materials, to environmentally friendly embalming methods, and alliances with Green Certified cemeteries, we strive to aid in the reduction of carbon emissions, conserve natural resources, and preserve our habitat.
The willow caskets are crafted by hand in small rural cottage environments. The willow plant is fast-growing, making this a very sustainable material from which to produce caskets. This durable casket has a flat top and attractive design perfect for families that desire a simple farewell for a loved one. The willow casket is fully lined with a natural, un-bleached cotton interior, matching pillow and privacy shield.
The seagrass caskets are fabricated by hand primarily from willow and as an added design feature include attractive seagrass rope woven into the willow on the sides of the casket. This sturdy casket design has a slightly rounded top used to finish the elegant, yet simple design. Each casket is fully lined with a natural, unbleached fitted cotton interior and includes a matching pillow and privacy shield. The seagrass used to produce this casket is not harvested from delicate marine environments, but rather cultivated in rice paddy-like fields that are seasonally flooded to support the growing seagrass plant.
The bamboo caskets provide an alternative to the tapering willow and seagrass caskets. They are the same width from head to toe. Each casket features durable, convenient handles for carrying and lined natural unbleached cotton interior with matching pillow. Each bamboo casket also includes a simple shroud with which to wrap or cover the body of the deceased.