MyCoffin’s Challenge concerns the impact realized by using this new innovative coffin compared to existing alternatives.
The classic wooden coffin is the most commonly used variant, but there is also a hemp & mycelium coffin made using molds. Because of the material used and/or the production process, both have a greater impact on the climate, via the associated co2 emissions.
The wood of classic funeral coffins comes mainly from Scandinavia & North America. It is then sawn in Western Europe and then assembled in the Netherlands. This intensive transport route emits a lot of pollution, and the 30-year-old tree is used for only a few days.
In addition, the ‘traditional’ production method of mycelium & hemp also has a downside. Plastic molds are used in which the raw materials have to grow for a week and then dry for 2 days. The climate chambers, ovens, use of molds, labor hours and disinfectants involved make this process not sustainable enough.