A FUNERAL director is offering a new range some peole may find un-ewe-sual.
For as well as traditional wooden coffins, Gateway Funeral Care has woollen coffins and ashes boxes.
Handmade in Pudsey, Natural Legacy coffins are made using 100 per cent British wool, recycled cardboard and organic cotton – and can carry up to 42st. They are fully biodegradable and produce low emissions when cremated.
The are made by Hainsworth textile company, which was set up in 1783.
The range was developed after a funeral director told sales director Adam Hainsworth the funeral business was becoming more concerned with green issues, and environmentally friendly coffins, such as wicker caskets, were becoming more popular.
Janice Hutton, director of Gateway which has branches in Cleckheaton and Birkenshaw, said: “We are always looking out for new things. It’s all about choice.
“People are looking for a service of celebration so the traditional coffins might not appeal to them as much.”
She said people who had chosen woollen coffins for their loved ones had decorated them with things like felt cut out shapes.
She said: “They put things on to make them a bit more personal.
Director Richard Arnold said: “The small coffin is designed to look more like a Moses basket. A wool blanket goes inside.
“They come in two natural colours and they have a name plate which has the person’s name stitched by hand.”
He said the range become so popular that Hainsworth, the only company in the world to produce woollen coffins, was now exporting them to America.
Janice said: “We have a small coffin and an ashes casket on display in the window and people have been stopping to read about them.
“They are becoming pretty popular.”