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Cardboard Coffins
Cardboard Coffins

In recent years cardboard coffins are becoming a very popular option. Seen as eco-friendly, modern and now using modern digital printing can be decorated in high quality designs as varied as your imagination.

The coffins we supply have no fixings at all and the cardboard are folded in a way that the structure is maintained. The finished item is incredibly strong and can hold considerable weight. Our standard cardboard coffins will support a person of up 23 Stone. If the person is heavier we can do this with special provision, please let us know.

We supply coffins that are traditional coffin shaped (sarcophagus) i.e. narrower at the head and toes than at the shoulders and also Casket (rectangular) shaped - some customers prefer this shape, but this a purely personal choice.

We can supply our coffins with strap fabric handles - please let us know if you need to have these fiited.

If you don’t find something on our catalogue that you like, please contact us and we can make a design specific to you.

Our fabric coffins have a rigid cardboard structure but then have a decorated cover called a pall.
All our cardboard coffins are manufactured in a  factory in the East of England, Unlike many coffins which are either imported, or the materials are imported, . They cremate with 90% lower carbon emissions than a standard chipboard coffin and for burial they are 100% biodegradable making them more environmentally friendly.

Made from biodegradable cardboard, from at least 70% post consumer waste sourced from local mills.
Any new fibre / wood pulp is purchased from reputable sources which adhere to the forestry management and sustainability bodies (SFI / FSC / PEFC). We do not buy material from unidentified sources.


Corn starch glues are used during construction and the use of wax coated lining and natural rope handles ensures the product is 100% biodegradable.
Low resource manufacturing process and low emission levels when cremated.
Environmentally sympathetic and certified non-toxic our cardboard coffins are suitable for both burial and cremation services.
Product and all materials are manufactured in the UK.

Our coffins have been tested by the federation of British Cremation Authorities and also comply with the low emission levels set by the Governments Environmental Act.

Most importantly, they conform to the highest standards required by Funeral homes, Crematoriums and Woodland burial sites.

Some facts about Corrugated cardboard and our designer and Cardboard coffin, manufactured from Corrugated cardboad

Corrugated cardboard was first patented in 1856. It was first produced for a liner in tall hats, which were common place in the funeral industry. At the time it was called pleated paper. When mass production began in 1874, in its single face form, it was also used for wrapping bottles, lamps and chimneys. A few short years later Corrugated cardboard had become the worlds' favourite packaging material and still is today.

The world has recognised Corrugated cardboard as a renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable product for over a hundred years and embraced it for its many uses and its environmental benefits. Corrugated cardboard is the perfect material for manufacturing our coffins. Where would we be today if Corrugated had not been invented?


Corrugated and paper based products surround our everyday lives, you only need to look at your daily activities to appreciate the level. All the environmentally conscious among us are contributing to the UKs recycling schemes and landfill prevention. With a recycling rate of over 80%, corrugated has the best UK recycling record of any packaging material.

As a consequence of recycling at least 70% of the materials used for Greenfield Creations cardboard coffins will come from post consumer waste. This contribution by the eco conscious among us will aid in reducing the consumption of invaluable raw materials a little longer. It is important to remember that the vast majority of the timber from trees goes to construction and furniture making. Papermakers increasingly use the forest thinning and sawmill waste.


There seems to be some confusion in the industry as to what is 'green' and what is not. I am only speaking about Greenfield Creations manufacturing methods and product, as it would be unfair of me to comment on others without their facts.
Our green credentials explained
Made from Corrugated cardboard.

Our biodegradable / compostable cardboard is made up of biodegradable waste.
Biodegradable waste is a type of waste, typically originating from plant or animal sources, which may be degraded by other living organisms.
Made from at least 70% post consumer waste sourced from local mills

At least 70% of our coffin is made from recycled paper or cardboard. Under 30% of our coffin is made up of cornstarch glue and the introduction of new wood fibres which are a necessity for maintaining strength and stability. Some products are advertised as being 100% recycled, this is not possible as a certain percentage of glue and new fibres need to be introduced for bonding and strength purposes.
Any new fibre / wood pulp is purchased from reputable sources which adhere to the forestry management and sustainability body FSC. Our supplier does not buy material from unidentified sources.

Although recycling makes economic and environmental sense, recovered paper and cardboard can't be used indefinitely. Every time a fibre is recycled it loses some of its strength and the fibre lengths are decreased. You can only recycle cardboard about 6 times as it becomes unstable and new fibres need to be introduced. All our new fibres are purchased from Forest certified sources. Our cardboard supplier is FSC accredited.
Corn starch glues are used during construction and calico liners and natural rope handles (or cotton strap handles) are also available.

Corn starch glues are used during construction. Corn starch is a naturally abundant nutrient carbohydrate which can be found in seeds, fruits, plant items, and notably, corn.
Low resource manufacturing process and low emission levels when they are cremated.

Our coffin is manufactured completely in-house and 'hand' assembled. Even the glue is applied by a regular paint roller.
Our cardboard coffins are suitable for both burial and cremation services.

For a 'natural burial ground', the ethical chain from the raw materials of the coffin, through the manufacturer and supplier, to the quality of the burial itself, is fundamental to their reputation. If one part of the chain is broken, their integrity is compromised, as is that of the funeral director aiming to cater to the needs of a family who wishes for a woodland burial. Furthermore, a natural burial ground will always prefer a coffin supplier or manufacturer that is comprehensively ethical, rather than one which has an ethical product in its catalogue.
All materials are manufactured in the UK.

Our materials are manufactured 115 miles away from our premises in Ridgewell and it takes just 1 articulated lorry to ship enough material to us to produce at least 1500 coffins.

A comparison…

Our cardboard coffin, as a finished article weighs 12kgs, 3kgs (25%) consists of purely raw material and 9kgs (75%) is recycled paper / cardboard. As an uncomplicated comparison, we could make a cardboard coffin from the equivalent of 40 copies of a standard magazine. 10 of which represent the newly introduced raw material and 30 of which represent the recycled content.

The future...

We have been committed, for 20 years, to investment in newer technology as it becomes available, to keep our manufacturing facility at the forefront of the industry.

To read inforamtion on our coffin types please click on one of the followning

Natural Material Coffin, Decorated Wood Coffins ,Cardboard Coffins, Traditional British Coffins, Cremations Urns, Ash Caskets and Scatter tubes

To go back the coffin shop click here

Buy a coffin with complete confidence with the price promise “If you find the same coffin or casket of the same quality for less we will refund the difference.”

Our pricing is completely clear with no hidden extras, VAT and delivery are included, we are usually able to deliver any coffin within 2 working days. Please contact us with any questions or for advice or

Telephone 0800 690 6513. Alternatively email any of your questions to

After you receive the coffin – we will send an invoice and also ask you to complete a form providing feedback on the Service you received from, the coffin itself and also feedback on the Funeral Director used (if any). It’s important to have this feedback to help others in the same position. See previous Testimonials here and also on our facebook page – please like us!

Please note that our coffin pricing policy is completely open and includes Packing, Shipping to Mainland UK and VAT. Any OPTIONAL extras such as name plate engraving for the front of the coffin, bespoke coffin designs, special handles and luxury linings, small additional charges will be made.

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