Gauteng Smallholder October 2015 - Page 59

Getting gathered I t isn't going to be your problem when you pop your clogs but if you're eco-conscious you'll have given some thought to how your mortal remains are to be disposed of. Well, there's a new way of disposing of human bodies that, proponents say, minimises the impact on the planet and those left behind, namely green funerals. First of all, of course, is the question of the coffin. Good old wood, preferably unvarnished, will eventually return to dust, but cutting down trees is hardly an eco-friendly practice. Cardboard coffins, introduced in South Africa by the late Tony Factor, sound quite practical, particularly as they can be decorated by those who are left behind – t