Let's Build a Smarter Planet!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide our funeral homes and families with a simple, affordable, wooden casket purposefully designed for quality and a low environmental impact at an affordable cost. Our founding principle is to promote sustainable practices for a smarter planet.

Carbon-Neutral is Not Good Enough!

In accordance with our mission to leave zero impact on the environment from our casket building operations, we could plant a single tree for every casket we make to offset the carbon impact from electricity used and fuel consumed. At the Northwoods Casket Company, we believe carbon-neutral is not good enough; our commitment is to plant 100 trees for every casket we build! Our funeral service providers and families can rest assured that their choice to use a Northwoods Casket™ will leave a natural legacy of 100 trees planted in Wisconsin.

  • Conserve Our Precious Natural Resources
    Modern caskets are made from a variety of materials. Most of them are not biodegradable. 80-85% of the caskets sold for burial in North America in 2006 were stamped steel. Solid wood and particle board (chipboard) coffins with hardwood veneers comprise 10-15% of the sales.
  • Natural Burial Around the World
    The modern concept of natural burial began in the UK in 1993 and has since spread across the globe.

Environmental Issues with Conventional Burial

Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the United States bury approximately:

  • 30 million board feet of hardwoods (caskets)
  • 90,272 tons of steel (caskets)
  • 14,000 tons of steel (vaults)
  • 2,700 tons of copper and bronze (caskets)
  • 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete (vaults)
  • 827,060 US gallons of embalming fluid, which most commonly includes formaldehyde.


(Compiled from statistics by Casket and Funeral Association of America, Cremation Association of North America, Doric Inc., The Rainforest Action Network, and Mary Woodsen, Pre-Posthumous Society)


Read more at Wikipedia.com on Natural Burials.