Simple Pine Box
Simple Pine Box
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Style: Tongue & groove
Material: Air-dried Wisconsin pine
Color: Bluestained pine
Upholstery: Jute, Natural cotton
The Smartest Casket on the Planet.
Twenty-seven. That's how many prototypes precede the creation seen here. This modest pine box has been designed to be assembled with common household tools and without clamping, jigs, or complex machinery. Load tested beyond 1000 lbs.
100% metal free. The rib and dado design is simple, strong, and allows for removal of the screws for a 100% metal free casket ideal for natural burial in conservation cemeteries. Also suitable for creation.
Carbon footprint. Negative. Sustainably harvested pine lumber air-dried in the northern Wisconsin summer winds make the overall carbon footprint of this casket less than 50 lbs. of CO2e. The 100 seedling trees that we plant for every casket we build will sequester more than 200 lbs. of CO2 this year. More next year. So this casket is carbon negative today--no waiting.
The natural bluestained finish uses no chemical, no toxins, zero VOCs. It is actually the warm summer air that allows fungus to grow on the surface grain of the lumber when stacked wet. For three to four weeks the fungus is allowed to grow. It does not eat or otherwise decompose the lumber. But when sticker-stacked for air-drying the fungus will die leaving behind a collection of hues from warm sunset colors, mocha and chocolates, to blues and greens. Nature paints the prettiest colors.
Biodegradable and compostable. The interior is composed of three jute cushions and one pillow stuffed with recycled shredded newsprint. A Monk's cloth natural cotton casket liner can be tucked over the cushions and pillow for simple yet neat interior. Alternatively, the Monk's cloth cotton can be used to shroud the dearly departed when placed into the casket.
Simple. Sustainable. Smart.