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There is one inevitable thing with life – it ends. The lovely White Lies put it this way ‘lets grow old together – and die at the same time’. Farewell to the circus indeed. But when we do reach the end of the ride – we all have a choice – a polished coffin lined with plastic and harvested from quite possibly unsustainable hardwood finished off with a quarried marble headstone . Or perhaps have a cremation in an incinerator without emissions controls.  But there is a choice -why not go for a ‘green’ funeral – where you will be laid to rest in a woodland setting and your life marked with the planting of a sapling. Natural funerals using wicker, bamboo or even cardboard coffins are growing year on year by nearlt 30% – Eastenders actress Wendy Richard (the just so lovely Miss Brahms who so sadly passed away recently) was buried in a bamboo coffin – and she is part of a growing trend for eco-friendly funerals accross the UK. Last year the winner of the Sunday Times best green companies was JC Atkinson & Son from Tyne & Wear. The company make nearly 60,000 coffins ayear sourced from sustainable forests, use LPG to power their hearses and are experimenting with a biomass generator using the businesses’s sawdust and wood offcuts to produce the firm’s heat and electricity.  Other green funeral directors such as Eccoffins in Sittingbourne Kent and The Green Funeral Company in Dartington, Devon, consider the environmental impact of all aspects of a funeral, down to the fuel consumption of the hearse.