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About the Leafcocoon – the eco coffin alternative

The Leafcocoon is a natural wool eco coffin. It consists of a soft woollen shroud, enfolded in layers of beautiful wool felt, supported by a strong wood and felt base with six carrying handles.

This environmentally friendly alternative to a traditional coffin is offered in 2 versions, suitable for burial, but not usually for cremation:

  • soft eco coffinThe Leafcocoon has two extra covers over the shroud, one is secured with hand-made hazel wood toggles, the other is a hand decorated or plain, removable cover.
  • The Leafpod is a simpler version. The basic construction is the same as the Leafcocoon, as described below, but without the two extra covers: it is a leaf-themed shroud securely held on the strong base.

The Leafcocoon and Leafpod are effectively complete coffins, nothing else is needed. The thickness and layering of the wool felt creates a smooth outline – you do not see the outline of the body. Designed with natural burial in mind as this is environmentally benign.

Hand-made on Dartmoor, Devon UK.

Ordering

The Good Funeral Guide logo Please order by phone, email or order on-line.

Alternatively visit Bellacouche Dartmoor Wool Felt Studio in Devon.

Winnner of the Good Funeral Guide Coffin Supplier Award

Construction of a Leafcocoon eco coffin:

  • Top Leaf: the cover lies gently on top, plain white or decorated with simple motifs of native flora of your choice.
    • This leaf shaped cover can be easily removed at the graveside and kept if desired as a keepsake.
  • Cover: this layer is fastened down with wooden toggles and shelters the shrouded body.
    • The toggles are made from hazel wood collected from local coppices and hand made in the workshop.
  • Shroud: the body is wrapped in a soft woollen inner cocoon and secured to the frame.
    • There are fastening ties hidden inside the felt layers to ensure stability.
  • Base: a sturdy hidden internal wooden frame forms the strong weight-bearing base, encased in thick woollen felt, sewn in and secured. To ensure that the outer layers remain leak proof, it’s well padded with natural absorbent materials; no liner is necessary.
  • Handles: there are six strong carrying handles, with extra ones underneath for pulling the coffin in or out of a vehicle.
  • Materials: ethically sourced, using fully biodegradable, sustainable, organic when available, natural and local materials.

eco coffin construction

The Leafcocoon eco friendly coffin being carried:

carrying the eco coffin