Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Sustainable turn for crematorium urns

The new Southland Crematorium urns alongside the former plastic ones.

The Southland Crematorium has changed from plastic urns to sustainably-sourced wooden urns.

Team Leader – Cemetery Services, Ricky Mulqueen said the new wooden urns were made in New Zealand from untreated pine sourced from sawmills that have Forest Stewardship Council ‘Chain of Custody Certification’.

“This means that their timber products must be from a responsibly managed forest,” said Mr Mulqueen.

“We believe the move away to the eco-friendly wood and paper bags is a good decision as they are more aesthetically pleasing and a natural product that is better for the environment.”

He said the initiative had received positive feedback from the public.

“New Zealand has been looking at the use of plastics, and sustainability in what we do and the products that we use.”

“This is a part of that movement and a good step for Invercargill City Council to take.”

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