The environmental benefits of willow have been well known for some time. Salix, the Latin name for the encompassing group of willow varieties has over 400 different species of willow ranging from shrubs and bushes to deciduous trees.
Salix Triandra, a common basket variety of willow among many others is an extremely fast growing shrub. Growing from a single crown and planted in rows, willow shoots once harvested will grow back to the same height within a single year. This makes willow the perfect renewable material and the key reason willow is selected as a short rotation coppice for Biomass energy.
A single willow bed can last up to 60 years before it will need to replanted, in that time the bed will only need, very basic maintenance.
Willow integrates with its surrounding land exceptionally well, providing a natural habitat for many species of wetland birds and animals. Willow is used as a natural engineering solution in a range of required conditions such as;
biofiltration, constructed wetlands, ecological wastewater treatment, hedges, land reclamation, bio engineering, slope stabilisation and soil erosion control. Willow can act as the perfect resolve to many problems in line with the geographic environment.
The CO2 given off from willow when burnt or cremated is equal to the amount it will take in within its short lifespan. As a short rotation crop, electricity or heat from willow provides between three and six times the CO2 reduction per pound that can be obtained from other.
“Willow is the ideal natural material for our coffins”
As a material in our coffins we have been lucky to enjoy the benefits of willow for quite some time. Below is list of the key facts that we feel make our coffins great for the environment and for those that seek to make their last footprint a green one.
- Willow is highly renewable, growing from the same crown for up to sixty years
- Burning willow only gives off the same CO2 that it takes in within its lifetime
- Willow is extremely diverse providing many natural engineering solutions
- Willow tends to decompose much more quickly than conventional coffin materials such as MDF, hardwood and metal.
- Willow is a very labour intensive material and requires little mechanical and chemical processing
- Willow has a much higher water consumption than agricultural crops, in flood affected areas this can help to take pressure off the natural landscape.